sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle] Pours amber with a nice off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin, lingering film and some larger bubbles. Aroma is very vibrant, with mango, candied pineapple, pine, and grapefruit. Sort of a wood spiciness in there as well. The taste is quite bitter, lots of papaya and grapefruit, mild alcohol, and malt in the finish. Average mouthfeel, fairly smooth, lingering finish. Overall, a really solid beer that I hope Lagunitas makes one of their year-round offerings.
jamestulloch (1351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Slightly hazy golden body with a thin white head. Low carbonation. Faint lacing. Hoppy aroma of mango, orange, pine, honey and pot puri. Flavour of lime jelly, tangerine and resin. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Medium body with a very oily texture. Light fizz. More of an Imperial IPA than an American Strong Ale. A very good one, too.
Tstamba (309) - Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Victorias in a fluted glass. Pale golden with thin white head and minimal lacing. Very appealing hop presence, floral and orange zest. Well balanced with dry bitter finish... Excellent!
harrisoni (13619) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hops & Glory Islington. Gold clear lasting white head. It?s a hoppy butter in your face beer. Yep tastes of 8% too. wow what a beer. Big blond and hoppy. Huge. Certainly grabbed me. Ok.
chiiidog (28) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’m not sure why this is under the American Strong Ale category. It is undoubtedly a DIPA. I had the fortune of trying both my first Heady Topper & Pliny the Elder about a week before I had this, and Sucks did not disappoint in the face of those two legendary beers. Awesome citrusy hop smell & taste with the perfect amount of sweet malt to give this beer incredible balance. If this beer becomes more widely available year round like Lagunitas promised, I’ll probably buy one of those big quarts once a week.
Stine (1547) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Electric orange pour. Pixie stick, tangerine candy aroma, sticky and super bright. High acid pineapple flavor, sometimes a grilled flavor, sometimes canned. Malt is fulsome and thick but rather blank for contributing flavor; some biscuit, and some caramel. The hops throughout are snappy and sweet, close to tropical overkill, especially in concert with so much sugar. Good drinkability at this alcohol level. Though it leans heavy at times, it always stays punchy; the finish however is syrupy, candy fruit, sticky smack.
Nocturne (775) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Euston Tap, London. Slightly hazy golden colour. White head, lace. Aroma is loaded with piney hops. Taste opens with caramel malt before a hop assault takes hold. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Pretty decent on the whole but hard to grasp what it’s trying to be. Seems maltier than a DIPA but not malty enough to be an American barleywine. Enjoyable though.
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-13-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a golden amber color with a one finger white head. The head slowly fades over time to give a light level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of citrus hop and tropical fruit. The tropical fruit is a nice mix of pineapple, mango and tangerine with the hop being mainly of a grapefruit aroma mixed with a hint of pine hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and tropical fruit flavor of mango and papaya and some tangerine mixed within. With these flavors is a lighter caramel flavor which grows stronger more toward the middle and end of the taste. Also as the flavor advances, some hop flavors, mainly of a grapefruit nature, come to the tongue. While the hop flavors grow stronger in nature as the taste advances further, they never really drown out the sweeter and malty flavors as they seem to keep pace with the hop. In the end, a sweeter and malty hopped taste is left on the tongue. It is very balanced and very nice.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker body helps the hop flavors stand out and is great for the bready body of the beer with the lower carbonation accentuating these flavors and helping to create a very soothing mouthfeel.
Overall – This is a fantastic, slightly sweeter but very balanced IPA. A great drinking brew and one I will certainly seek out more often.
Vaiz (3336) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Summerlin. Clear golden pour, thin white head. Aroma of fruity hops, caramel, wheat, slightly spicy, and grassy. Flavor is quite bitter, fruity, sweet malty with quite a huge body and a very nice balance. Great brew.
mrhopsbeertalk (129) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lightish floral/grapefruit aroma leads into a big punch of similar flavor with plenty of bitterness. Nicely balanced, but heavy on the hops... Joy! Medium bodied with a crisp/clean finish.
tania_nexust (105) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught keg at Euston Tap. Could smell it across the bar as soon as it was poured - like peachy hops. When sniffed up close it’s more like a big whiff of full-on cat pee hiding beneath the tight creamy head. Huge fruit flavours without having too sweet or heavy a backbone. Peach, guava, mango, kiwifruit. Long fruity finish with a slight dryness at the end. Soft rather than acidic. Pretty yummy all round (understatement!).