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.
Maverick34 (2624) - New York, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark cloudy orange brown pour from bottle. Dark hops and oranges aroma. Mostly malt and some juice. Bitter finish. Alco burn. Unbalanced.
solidfunk (5475) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big and bitter. Fresh citrus hops here and good malt backbone. Orange pour. Bitter finish. Good package, well balanced. Tap at Big Hunt.
Padron4KM (690) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Clear copper, creamy half inch tan head, sticky lace.
Aroma is pretty malty for an IPA, lots of sweet caramel, and roasty malt, but the hops start to peak through as it sits in the glass. Citrus, pine, resin.
Hops show up more in the flavor, with pine, grapefruit, earth, resin, all backed by some sweet caramel malt. Alcohol is well hidden, but it is a touch too sweet.
Emeister84 (1611) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of orange candy, pine, grass. Clear orange-gold with a fairly lasting white head. Some sweetness upfront, very bitter as it finishes. Medium bodied.
HeadyDE (604) - Delaware, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft offering..copper penny color..no visible head, this is typical dipa all the way, medium bodied,slight sweetness, slight heat presence, not bad, but nothing special either
GenDV138 (3538) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz pour on cask at ChurchKey. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of floral notes, citrus. Tastes of citrus, floral notes, tropical fruit, booze. Medium-light body with a dry and warm finish. Quite noticeable booze and warmth, possibly amplified by the temperature being on cask.
andrewje41 (1459) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle pour split. Pours an orange color with a big foamy head. Nice hops and piney aroma. Thicker, creamy body to it with a ton of caramely malt flavor. Nice hoppiness to it. Rich malt flavor towards the end, and the double digit ABV is well hidden. Decent imperial here.
tcon25 (302) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour at home split thanks Andrew for sharing, golden amber pour, this beer has a unfinished taste to it, you get a lot of mash and wort taste in this beer. Not saying itís bad, itís just different.
craftbeersweden (368) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 22 Oz bottle I got from Total Wine & More Boynton Beach.
Hazy, dark orange with a one finger high creamy white head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass when the head dissapears.
Nose: A lot of hops! Orange, grapefruit, sugar, malt, apricot and peach.
Taste: Nuts, pine resin, apricot, citrus, brown sugar and biscuits.
Body: Full, complex body with light carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. A very soft beer! The alcohol is very well hidden. A great balanced beer between the bitterness and the sweetness.
If I had the chance I would go back to this beer often!
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hop and Hound, Bothell, WA; good price; 10.9% ABV
It pours a hazy orange-copper-amber color with thick creamy head. Caramelly brew, sweet but not syrupy, mellow, fruity, with a touch of vanilla; it has a good body and itís not chewy; it provides a lot of hop resins witr some piney character. Possibly too sweet in the final.
Very good, not exciting as a pure pale malt IIPA, but also more drinkable than a first style darker example.