Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Nice beer, but nothing special. I enjoyed their unique Dogzilla much more. Love the name of this one because it must have a ton of high alpha acid hops in it. The beer had nice balance, but poor transitioning from sweet to bitter. There was enough malt to balance the hops, but the malt stops and the hops beat it to death. There was very little blending in the transition.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, light to medium brownish orange with a large, off-white head that mostly, but slowly diminished, leaving excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel malt, heavy floral and resinous hops, light citrus hops and something slightly rubbery. The initial flavor was sweet, acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was very sweet and very bitter with a fairly long duration. There was mostly resinous hops, along with caramel and toffee malts, piney and citric grapefruit hops. The medium to full body was a bit oily, slightly grainy and then a little dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a lightly stringent, lightly alcoholic and ever so slightly chalky finish.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright bronze colored body with a large lightly yellowish khaki head. I got my nose hairs burned off by the initial snort of the brew, massive grapefruit up front with some bread crust. There is some big malt body to balance out the citrus hops. The taste is strong grapefruit with some notes of dry hay. The finish has lots of the grapefruit resin with a little bit of burnt bread crust and almond shells. Nicely done.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange. Nose is the gamut of hops and caramel. Flavor is sweet hops, bready, slight grassiness, and caramel.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange, with a thin white head. Aroma is of citrus, hops, pepper, and hints honey. Balanced, carbonated body with a tangy, bitter finish. Good IPA.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderately resiny citrus hop nose with caramel. Mostly clear amber/orange golden. Frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel and toasty graininess with resiny citrus hop flavor and tons of bitterness. Finish is quite bitter. Alcohol is evident but not forward.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. pours crystal clear and golden orange with small white head. aroma is slight but of grapefruit and a touch of earthiness. mouthful is very crisp and full of good bitterness. Grapefruit dominates with a touch of pine. there seems to be a lack of the malt to back up the hops... but nice hop bomb.
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange body with great thick white, frothy head. Aroma is deliciously plesant hops - pine hops.The flavor is slightly bitter, mostly the hop (citrus).
robforbes (2182) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
semi-cloudy orange-yellow with a medium size off-white head, and a good lacing.
smell of light grapefruit, a touch of pine, citrus, some caramel, a touch floral, and some dandelion.
taste is crisp, bitter hops, pine, caramel, citrus, and earthy, end is nicely bitter.
thegreenrooster (4003) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a bright orange with a whtie head. Aroma is an adequate amount of pine hops and some sweet malts. Flavor is lots of sweet malt with a minor hop profile and finishes with a bit of plastic on the tounge. Could be and old or bad bottle but this does not have much of a hop punch to it after the initial aroma. Cheap enough for a try though at only $4.99 a bottle.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Golden with a chunky white head. The aroma is rather sweet and malty alongside the resinous hops. There’s not a whole lot of hop in the aroma for an IPA. A lot of caramel is present in the flavor and aroma. The hops are mostly in the finish, which is piney and dry. A pretty decent IIPA, but I find the flavor too unbalanced to consider it great. Too much sweetness that doesn’t mesh with the hops.