Ughsmash (7466) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Poured slightly cloudy medium orange with an easily-resuscitated cap of eggshell head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit, orange zest, and pine over a soft caramel and bready base.. some sort of dark, sweet malty impression really stuck with me.. felt like it had potential, but it failed to shine. The flavor did the same thing for me.. it had caramel and light fruits at the core, but it also picked up a light hit of corrugated cardboard.. bitterness surrounded in the form of syrupy pine resin and wet grapefruit.. finished sticky and sweet with non-deScript residual bitterness. Heavier-bodied and sticky on the palate with less bitterness than anticipated.. juiciness at the end showed promise and provided a solid final impression. This wasn’t bad by any means, but I was hoping for more.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden amber with a darker shade of brown. Medium bodied. Not much head at all. On the palate I get hops, citrus and floral notes some malt as well. Decent lacing on the glass. This one just didn’t do it for me though. Oh well.
SudsMcDuff (7520) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very tasty stuff .. pours a dark murky gold .. . light honey and dog bone .. . great aftertaste .. not overdone .. . a very nice example of a DIPA.. . The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades..
JoeTheYounger (1178) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hophead22 beer tasting, compliments of Mike and Di. Light hop aroma with caramel and toffee. Cloudy golden color. Tastes a lot better than the smell, lingering bitterness.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 Tap at the brewery. Hazy golden amber with off white head. This just into full bodied IPA had a nice, fresh toffee/caramel malt flavor and there was a pleasant fresh hop presence but the entire experience was overwhelmed with an awful industrial hop burn and bitterness. The bittering hops were an added on feature that did not fit with the rest of the ingredients. The 8% alcohol seemed well hidden but it was hard to tell actually with the bittering hops dominating the palate. I had a strange aftertaste from the bittering hops for at least half an hour after drinking it. Extremely unbalanced.
I won’t drink this again.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from DuffManSW via mikendi 0n BA, much thanks.Hazy yellow/orange color. Sweet aroma, kind of funky. Smooth upfront, a good amount of bitterness in the finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz (new to MD) - Tasting at the Wine Source. Clear gold, creamy white head. Deep grassy pine aromas warm to swirls of honey dew and peachy toffee. Intense bitter resiny citric hops balance on a undercurrents of caramelized melon. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. A very well crafted I-IPA...
kennydiaz (354) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden color slightly cloudy. A very nice Imperial IPA. Nice hoppy flavor with slightcitrus flavor.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Earthy, weed-like aroma. Pours copper with a lacy white head. Toffee and citrus taste with a fiercely bitter resin finish. I think I’d be happier if the finish wasn’t so sharp.
sloth (2719) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice white head, good retention and nice lace. Lightly hazy copper hued ale. Nose of pine, citrus and some floral notes. Medium bodied, lightly resiny with a good carbonation level. Great hoppy flavors, citrusy orangey notes most notable, piney, fruity and juicey with a nicely lesser caramel maltiness hanging in the balance. Fairly dry, fruity hop finish, solid bite, nice quaff. Bomber received in trade from dmschefke, thanks bro!