NICU (12) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, OR.
Clear, copper colored beer capped with a thin, wispy head. Nose of grapefruit, some cattiness, some fusel alcohol heat, and just a touch of diacetyl buttery character.
The flavor carries more of the same, but throws in some grainy, bready malt and some fruity esters for good measure. The body is right where it should be; not too heavy, but hefty enough to support the massive amount of hops they tossed in. Subdued carbonation and silky texture create a creamy mouthfeel with just a little pricklyness around the edges caused by the hops finding their way into every nook and cranny of your mouth.
The finish is surprising for a beer this hoppy. It leaves some spicy, piney hop resin in the sides of your mouth, but thereís almost no burning hop bitterness in your throat. I guess you could almost call it "smooth" which seems like a strange adjective to use when describing something thatís supposed to be so big and burly.
All in all its a pretty good beer, and I wouldnít turn one down if it was offered, but it costs about the same as a bottle of Hopsickle, and I think Iíd prefer one of those 9 times out of 10.
stevoj (2160) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop assault right from the beginning. Hazy orange/amber body with small soapy head. Aroma is strong pine cleaner, taste is sharp and bitter, hops and citrus. Tang hides the high ABV which lurks in the background, but does provide some warmth in the throat. Medium lingering bitter finish.
dlovell2 (777) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy copper color with off white head. Aroma fruity malt with citrus and pine. Caramel malt with a bitter pine finish. Purchased this bottle then realized it had expired in December 2012.
hfmejias (722) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured cloudy, orange with a small head but a lot of lacing. Aroma of hops and citrus fruit combined with some malts. Taste a bit on the sweet side, the bitterness of the hops is there but perhaps a bit too sweet. Not bad, quite enjoyable.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have a devil dog at home. 18 years old, full of spit and vinegar, two year cancer survivor, lived her life allergic to grass and with a bad liver. Now blind and deaf but well loved, comfortable, lives to eat and smell her way through all her haunts in the back yard. This devil dog beer does not match her, all the right parts, funk, fruit, citrus, alcohol, and malt, but just never all comes together. Not bad, just not special. Wouldnít say no if offered though ...
airrick2003 (483) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: very hazy bronze color, pours with a huge beige head, the head is very creamy
Aroma: syrup, grass, roasted malt, grain, butter
Taste: citrus, apple maybe, alcohol, bitter finish,
Palate: average carbonation, leaves mouth feeling wet, has a bitter aftertaste
Overall: this is a good IPA with lots of subtle complexities about it, the alcohol is a bit high and dominates much of the experience,
patrick767 (3571) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle - June 2012 bottle rated on Jan 6, 2014. Gusher. Thatís not a good sign. Once it stopped overflowing, it poured alright... hazy orange with a big off-white head. Then it got weird. I smell some grapefruit but more than that, I smell dirt and rot. No, itís not "earthy" in some positive way. Itís more like the bottom of the compost bin. What the hell? The gusher part makes me think infection but itís not sour. Fortunately it doesnít taste like compost, not that Iíve tasted compost. Itís extremely bitter with some citrus notes, an underpowered malt backbone, an underlying off character, and alcohol. I think that in the flavor the massive bittering hops mostly but not entirely overwhelm the serious flaws that show up in the aroma. Disappointing.
BrixandBrews (24) - West Richland, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful beer! This is never a let down. In fact, the only beer that does not fit my style from this brewery, is one of their more popular beers. The huckleberry cream ale. Everything else is money.
Nocturne (786) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Mostly clear amber with a lovely frothy head. Nose is piney hops, touch of winter berry underneath. Taste consists of a base of sweet caramel, above which sits fruity mango, citrus and lots of hop bitterness. Nice amount of carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV. Not quite excellent but tasty and enjoyable for sure.
Bule (756) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle at Beerworks in Medford. Pours a murky amber color without much head. Lots of hops and a bit of yeast flavor. Alcohol only slightly noticeable.
ACHops (689) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Chuckís 85th. Pours slightly cloudy orangish copper with no head. Aroma is thin sweet caramel malt and earthy piney hops. Taste is huge thick syrupy sweet caramel malt with big bitter hops. Pine, citrus, and earthy hop notes on the finish. Lacking the balance and nuance of best-in-class DIPAs, but there is a lot to like here.