dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly amber gold with thick white head. Aroma is wonderful of citrus hops, slightly floral, pine, and grass. Flavor is very pleasing, but no big surprise compared to aroma. Additional slight sweetness and caramel. Very solid DIPA and very happy that it is readily available and priced so well.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber. this ale displays an intense coppery orange color with a frothy and persistent off white head made of tiny little beads. the nose is loaded with citrus and tropical fruits like pineapple mango and grapefruit. very bright and aromatic. hmm... 100+ IBUís? donít get me wrong, its fresh, scrumptious, and full of hops, but not terribly bitter. the bottle says they used hop extract to make this. iíve read extracts result in a less assertive hop profile. the flavor is there, the body is malty sweet and full, the palate is clean and the finish rebounds with a lovely resinous bite. but its not bitter enough. fine frothy lacing clings to the glass. this is a fine beer overall.
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, Pours clear copper with tight off-white head. The aroma is quite hoppy--pineapple mostly, with orange, grapefruit, and some honeyish sweetness. The flavor has plenty of fruitiness, too, both from hops and fermentation. There are some more resinous hop notes and some hints of caramel after the initial fruity hops. Not as much straightforward bitterness as I had expected from "100+ IBUs" but there is a ton of juicy hop flavor. It finishes cleanly and leaves a dusty, hempy aftertaste. Yum.
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a deep gold with good carbonation and a nice tight white head. Aroma is a big fresh hop scent. Taste is hoppy and citric. Starting with a bold medium body it goes down with a rich feel. Finish is big with a bright hop taste, a touch of malt and a little bitterness. After taste is a citrus that ligers on the sides of your tongue. This is a well done Imp IPA, very well balanced.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle Poured into a tulip glass.
Amber/gold body that is perfectly translucent.
Tight small bubbles form a creamy head that is thick, sits long, and leaves impressive lacing.
Smell is of powerful piny hops. But not much else.
Taste up front is strong on the hops, dry,m and piny. Back end of it is sweet and not too hoppy. The hop resin is not as strong as the aroma would make you think.
Delicious, fairly balanced for a DIPA, and a great value.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just had this last night with high expectations. And why did this not meet them? Iím picturing a pretty big IPA with a stoopid amount of hoppiness to it, but thatís not really what I got. A nice beer yes, but I donít know man, I just wasnít feeling this on an imperial level. Poured a bright clean orange colour with a small sticky white head. Noticeable sticky lacing. While aroma is dank and hopped with notes of pyne- it doesnít pull through on the flavour part. Juicey tree bark is what im tasting. I really wish this would have been as astringently hoppy as i was hoping for.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Floral, citrus, pine tons of hops in the nose. Sticky malts, oily hop flavor. Hops are all over the place.
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 Bottle.
Dang, beer has one dank aroma. Huge, leafy, lupuline awesomeness. Really impressive. Unfortunately, the aroma is the highlight. The flavor isnít bad, but itís a Lagunitas IIPA. At least itís not burnt or too sugary, but thereís an overabundance of chewy malt here with some underlying vegetal character that simply doesnít help matters. Itís got that IIPA stickiness despite only running 8% (how do Green Flash IPA and SN Celebration and Two Hearted get so close in ABV and yet avoid this curse entirely?). Now all of this sounds like Iím complaining, and I guess I am (whiny-ass bastard) --- but itís really a pretty darn good IIPA. Iím really enjoying it, not the point that Iím going to be buying lots of it in the future, but itís good stuff and Lagnunitas deserves the props theyíve been getting for this one.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sent to me by Solan, Iím pretty sure...
This is a very good DIPA. The pour is a nice straw color with a huge frothy white head. Big piney hop nose with some floral and spice accents. The mouthfeel is nice, a bit sticky, and great carbonation for me. The taste is plenty of grassy hops with a hint of caramel malt in the background. Good balance and nice finish.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is spectacular - smells of pepper and fresh hop pellets. Taste is pine, grapefruit, and pehaps a touch of caramel for balance. Not as bitter as I expected, but the flavor is great. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation. Very drinkable, and enjoyable.