stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, - AUG 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased at Fireside in Strasburg, PA. Overall, this was a pretty good IPA, but with a balance that was almost devoid of malty notes. Pours with a hazy amber color, producing a solid standing white head with tight and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, as the name suggests: sweet, with florally, mildly fruity and piney aromas. The taste is almost all hops; notable malt hints would have made this a better IPA. It starts out sweet, with notes of pine and tropical fruits, that transitions to a dry and hoppy finish.
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-12-14-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours quite hazy copper color with a small one inter white head. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite nice with it being heavy of a tropical fruit smell of mango, pineapple and tangerine. Other aromas of a slightly bready nature mixed with a bit of caramel follow behind the fruit in intensity. Along with the sweet tropics and malt are some lighter grapefruit hop smells as well as a little bit of an herbal aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a doughy flavor that has a moderate level of caramel and some fruits of a tangerine and mango nature. Some hop flavors of a grapefruit nature are present upfront, with these getting more potent to the end. The sweeter flavors are certainly not that overpowering though and are only of a moderate flavor upfront, with them fading as the taste moves on more toward the end. The doughy flavors also transitions with them becoming slightly more bready and cracker like in nature at the end of the taste. With the increase in the grapefruit hop, some other hop flavors also come to the tongue. Around the middle of the taste, a resinous pine and earthy hop make their presence known and last to the end. With the mix of hops, lighter fruits/caramel, and more crackery/bready flavors one is left with a non-overpowering but crisp slightly resinous and lingering bitter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly below average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 9.4 % abv. with it having a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The mouthfeel was overall fairly nice as the slightly thinner body accentuated the crispness of the brew all while the lower carbonation did not take away much of the potency of the hop flavors.
Overall – A fairly easy drinking and flavorfully crisper, big IPA. Rather tasty overall.
EithCubes (5102) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Nose very big and hoppy with a strong caramel base; pine with other dank wood and lighter herbal character, spice. Pours orange with an off-white head. Semi-dry, big caramel and wood, spice, strong in stinging alcohol, verrry slow warmth accumulation. Wooden, light astringency; good, traditional "hard" hops without any of the juicy character that’s en vogue. Citrus and amber malts, very slight toast, a little complexity there (some rye?), and medium bitterness. Full body but not that heavy. Finish is dry and the palate is fully cleansed. A very good bridge between the super sweet IIPAs of a decade ago and the juicier newer versions that have very little bitterness.
jflopsu (682) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber. Has a strong floral hop aroma. Has a sweet floral hop aroma with some malt and spices. A slightly bitter aftertaste but a mix from the hops and malt.
closey22 (1021) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber orange lacy beige; aroma sweet fruity berry; Flava is dryaltyswee hints of cantelope juicy fruit gum; feels mdium to light and foamy; finishes dry softly bitter with hints of fruit/gum
gripweed57 (793) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle. Bright amber orange color. Medium-sized rocky beige head.Subtle fruity malt nose. Nice toasted malt flavor has a spicy bitter hop backdrop. Notes of toasted hazelnuts and burnt caramel. Spicy hops are somewhat subdued for a DIPA. Pleasant drinking, but just average for the style.
Blairgus (2817) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
14 feb 2014, bottle. Orange, clear, no bubbles. Nose is sweet caramel granola and grassy hops. Tastes of smarties candy, some pine hops, light malt. Ok.
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DocLock (8086) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whole Foods PM. Poured hazy dark straw with off-white head. Nose was caramel malt, piney hops, fruit. Tasted heavily caramel malty with a heavy resiny hop load, finishing syrupy and clean. The hops weren’t overpowering, and the ABV was well hidden. I guess I would have liked a heavier hop flavor in this, as the malt seemed to overpower the hops. Still, this one was a nice libation and paired well with cheddar cheese. God damn it, Roscoe, go get those Duke boys!
nimbleprop (5290) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4oz pour at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a burnt orange with zero head. Nose is sweet, pears, apple, lemon, malt. Piney flavor, grapefruit, lemon, malt, caramel, brown sugar. Bitter finish. Could probably be bumped up in both hopping and malt.
Nate (3792) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Benjamin’s. Mild hoppy nose, not what I’d expect from IIPA. Deep amber clear with thin head. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Very mild beer for IIPA. Malt sweetness with butterscotch, caramel, and light hop bitterness. Very little bitterness anywhere, with sweet smooth after.
naanerd (2) - lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very hoppy with varied undertones dependent on hop varietal used. Recent batch was less citrus but still had a full flavor.