jsquire (4038) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep golden color with a thin off white head. LIght sweet nose. Warming alcohol, brown sugar on toast and some caramel apple notes. Strong hop resin taste with the accompanying burn on the tongue. It was very nice last Christmas and it held up well in the closet.
VertBaconStrips (2273) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Remember back in the day when you would fall down the basement stairs drunk as shit at 4AM and be 100% convinced that you never woke your parents? Well, I just fell down the stairs and once again I am 100% convinced that they never heard because they live 30km away - still got the magic!
I feel great knowing that I pretty much bought the entire city supply and drank it all to myself - E-town crew loves me for this and so do I. Drink 72 beers and barely saved one for review because it was so god damn good. Make that 2 - I just drank the last surviving bottle on Earth that I left hanging around for my own funny time reminder. And yea, it still was AWESOME. So awesome. Rare beer does taste better! LOL. Rating goes back to early December 2011 and its just short notes as it was pretty much impossible to review this as it was just pure joy to drink it... even as I drained the entire city’s supply solo. tung: Piles of citrus - citrus that tears apart my mind on every freaking sip - oranges, rrgf, pine, grapefruit rind, cherry, floral greatness remeniscent ... how the hell is that spelt? - of fresh cut flowers, slight grain, honey, apricot, secretions of only the most heavenly of creatures, tropical fruits and soft malts. This beer has absolutely everything I want to smell. Hours... hours have been spent smelling this brewed treasure. Tasty bits: Aside from the outlandish amount of hops and citrus, sweetness and thickness there is a fuckload of malt backing this monster. Sweetness abounds. Pineapple flops around, pine goodness, peaches, lemon, mild caramel, something that might be spearmint, grapefruit, unique malt base darker than it normally is, orange, pepper, resin, light dose of brown sugar for the sweet base, aaaaaa soooo good! medium body that is supported both by the hop thickness and the healthy structure of yummo malts. Perfection. Find me another ASA that beats this and I will marry your daughter that resembles an ugly donkey.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle served in a Bell’s Tulip.
A: Pours a clear peach with some straw colored hues around the edges. A 1 finger white head forms on the pour and subsides to a nice ring. Nice sheets of lace are left down the glass.
S: Bursts of citrus and sweet fruits. Grapefruit, apple and mango are some of the great smells coming out. A very slight pine is on the backend.
T: The citrus just pops in your mouth. Grapefruit and orange citrus with a faint hint of sweet mango. Some light biscuit malts show themselves as well. The finish is a slight bitter pine.
M: Lively mouth with great carbonation. Light to medium bodied with a subtle sticky feel to it. Highly drinkable.
O: Just like everyone else, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised by this guy. The citrus bursts in your mouth and the malts and slight pine bitterness really balance it out. The drinkability is off the charts.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-04-2011
Colbowski (3) - - OCT 2, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drinking a bottle that was released almost a year ago and its still amazing. It has however, lost the ’peach’ taste and aroma that I remember.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A: Pours a semi hazy amber color with a frothy/creamy white cap. Retention is excellent.
S: Wow, did not expect this! The aroma is mostly citrus, tropical fruit (pineapple, maybe mango), and sweetish. Kind of similar to Sculpin to me. Very impressive and nicely balanced.
T: Hop bomb...pineapple, grapefuit, mango, orange. There is a sweetness that balances the bitterness of the hops and strikes a real nice balance. This is the best beer that is widely available by far.
MF/D: Medium body (thought this was a single IPA at first), semi-aggressive carbonation, and a clean citrus finish.
Notes: Sorry Brown Shugga’, move over for your replacement
TheHOFF43 (1979) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Forgot to input this a while back...
Pours a clear orange/copper color with decent hops initially. Some good fruit hints in there with a strong finish. Surprised this is considered a strong ale, but regardless a beer I like very much
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured orange/amber into a tulip. Nice 1/2 inch of foam. Dissipates to a film with a thick ring. Minimal lacing.
Smell is orangey hops.
Taste is citrus at the front, some malt and a mildly bitter finish.
Palate fairly light with good carbonation.
Overall a good beer. Nice hop aroma but the taste is lacking. Maybe my bottle is past it’s prime?
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver
Hazy light amber color, creamy head. The aroma is an explosion of fruity hops. Sweetish toffee flavor, with strong fruity hopping, but unfortunately also a light soapy touch; strong bitterness; alcohol warmth. Good.
bconch (333) - - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taken from old notes. Fruity nose with grapefruit and others. Nice sweet/bitter taste that finishes mildly bitter.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled June 2012<br
A steady pour produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves lots of layered lacing on the sides of my New Belgium Globe glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells vibrantly hoppy with huge notes of lychee, perhaps a touch of guava, big kumquat zest aromatics, bright super ripe tangelo, as well as a much softer, but still quite present backdrop of pine, dankly herbaceous notes, and perhaps a touch of woody notes. This is the type of IPA I could just sit and smell forever.
Bitingly, bracingly, expressively bitter from the beginning through the end of my first sip; there is also a huge hop fruit character that is a mix of tangelo and kumquat zest, as well as a huge lychee character and hugely floral, tropical fruit notes. The biting bitterness is accentuated by a noticeable, though supporting herbal hop character that suggests of menthol, dank “hemp” oil, and pine. The fruitiness in the hops really accentuates a soft sweetness in this otherwise fairly dry beer; the finish is especially dry and clean, this drinks quite light and quaffable, though it does have enough of a body to stand up to the hop onslaught. There is a fair amount of prickly carbonation, perhaps a hint too much even. The malt character is barely noticeable, but does suggest at notes of crackers and perhaps a touch of English biscuit character in the finish.
I am quite happy that this beer is still hugely hoppy. I had a chance to taste this fresh this past winter, but never got around to procuring some bottles for a proper review: the aroma of this is still incredible, and is exactly what I like in an expressive IPA (Fruit focused with a solid herbaceous backdrop to balance things out). The flavor also does not disappoint and is much the same as the aroma. A beer for the hop head; I am thoroughly enjoying this. This still taste ridiculously fresh, though it has likely been stored cold since being released.