SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a hazy gold with off-white head. Aroma of nice floral hops, some malt. Flavor of some malt, hop flavor, nice bitter, kinda earthy. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Over all, pretty good stuff!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber - pours clear, light orange with thin, lingering white head; healthy dose of grapefruit hops with sweet, lemony and earthy undertones; thin, creamy and almost syrupy texture but with little to no unpleasant resiny leftovers; sweetness balances out the bitterness, which doesn’t come through very strong; very smooth drinker for 8% and overall quite impressive
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear light orange pour with a good two to three finger sized white head. Aroma is piercing hops but quickly assimilated. Some spruce and light citrus notes as well. Taste hits with sugar and malt first with some oak like feeling and then flows to the bitter hops. I liked that. Balanced in the hops flavor at the end leaves a bitter resin in the mouthfeel.
LinusStick (2818) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious IIPA via trade with Chewy. Aroma was big and full. Strong grapefruit hops. Pour was a majestic dark gold with a one finger off white head.Taste was just as it would imply. It was their IPA given an extra dose of bitter hop goodness. Strong bitter hops with little malt to balance it out. I love IIPAs that are grossly unbalanced (little to no malt character) and this is one of them. The lack of a heavy malt presence makes this beer a lot more bitter and keeps the ABV down. Great beer.
crackedmachine (469) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Orange with a medium-bodied head. I did not get a powerful hop aroma from this, more of a semi-sweet, malty IPA aroma. The flavor though is bursting with floral, not overly bitter hops. Really delicious. I would not have guessed this was 8%. Very drinkable.
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma on this one is tons of doughy malt and earthy, floral, and pine hops. Some grapefruit and citrus as well. Pours a golden orange with a nice fluffy head and sticky lacing all the way down. Doughy malts are followed by pretty dominant leafy hop bitterness. Grapefruit, pine, and wood seem to be the flavors that I get here. They linger for a while, but there is still some sticky doughy residual sweetness that hangs around for a while as well. Creamy smooth body, very drinkable.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Craft Ale. Pours turbid orangy with 2-finger fluffy off-white head. Nose is juicy hops, grapefruit, orange marmalade, some sweet honey and fructosey fruit. Tastes rich, creamy, with a lot of sticky wet hops, orange, tangerine, pineapple, and a solid caramel malt bill to match all the hops. This one is rock solid.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of an TheEpeeist extra. Score! Pours a orangey amber, well hazed, with prominent offwhite head that laces very well. Aromas are evident straight from the pour: heavy grapefruit and lemony citrus mixed with sufficient carmel malty backbone sweetness. Light piney resin, but grapefruit bomb is a good description. Initial is a little lighter than expected, piney bitterness up front moving to a malty sweetness of carmel and pale malts, moving quickly to some grapefruit, mellow melon sweetness, and floral bitterness on the backend. Decent bitterness, but there are many with better. Key is this is well balanced, underpowered in flavor, but still pretty good. Lighter bodied than expected, but I guess that should be expected from an 8% DIPA as compared to a 10%. Pretty good.
TomDecapolis (4443) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a lightly hazy deep orange with lots of golden/copper notes and a medium creamy off white head that left all kinds of lacing. Really nice looking DIPA. Aroma of a fresh peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I know, sounds odd but that was my initial thought. Might have something to do with the nutty/bready malt notes, sweetness and then the fruity notes of the fermentation esters and hops. Who knows. Also getting some grapefruit and caramel malt. I believe this is a pretty fresh bottle but the hops don’t seem as up front in the aroma as I like my DIPA’s to be. Flavor of caramel, toasted malt, some sweet cereal notes, pine, grapefruit, moderate hop bitterness. Hop bitterness is balanced nicely with the malty sweetness. Appropriate for the style. Also getting some fruity flavors along with an earthy/yeasty flavor.
TheEpeeist (3286) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear pale orange with a fluffy white head. Nose is orange marmalade, sugar cookie and pine. Medium body but feels lighter with buzzy carb. Taste begins with honeydew slowly fading to an intense juniper and grapefruit bitter drying. Tangy, sharp finish. A nice hop hammering.