Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Bottle. Pours a honey orange color with a thin white head. Nose is heavily floral with pineapple, grapefruit and orange blossoms. It screams hop flavor with every other aspect of the beer subdued and in the background. Tends toward the sweet side with minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderately thin which allows the hops to stand out. Some sweet caramel malt flavors can be picked out from the hop onslaught. Finish leaves a resinous coating on the tongue. Aptly named and one of my favorite double IPAs.
seanbhudson (57) - , California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear gold color with a large white head that dissipates slowly. Lots of sticky lacing.
Citrusy hops and caramel malt. I get a hint of "orange creamsicle". Expected a bit more for a double IPA.
A little surprised at the flavor, I expected big huge hops and instead found it to be a smooth well balanced beer that finishes with earthy/grapefruit like bitterness. There is a hint of bourbon flavor at the end.
Medium bodied beer with slightly syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.
Goes down super easy especially for an Imperial IPA. I don’t even really notice the alcohol and it is 9.4%.
TeamTrappist (831) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a medium -dark amber with a thin head. Big sticky hop nose, with lots of pine and grapefruit. Front is dominated by grapefruit, then the sticky and nice bitter finish comes in to play. More grapefruit flavor than I prefer, but a good solid double.
agl108 (999) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 22 oz. bottle. Poured hazy orange with mild carbonation. Some lacing present. Lots of light citrus fruits and grassy notes dominate the flavor. Oranges, tangerine, lemons, and pineapple all noticeable. Overwhelmingly, almost sickengly sweet. Could use better balance with some added malt.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear amber, nice, fluffy off-white head. Aroma promised hops, grass and a slight touch of citrus. Flavor is a more subdued version of the aroma, hops are dominant, maybe a touch of caramel hidden in there. Dry and bitter on the finish. Sorry Skourtis !
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz. bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint glass. Aroma is big on the orange/tangerine citrus hops with a touch pineapple. Clear orange amber color with a small beige head that sticks to the glass well. Initial flavors compete between the citrusy hops, the malt sweetness, toast, and the hop bitterness like a tug-of-war. Big mouthfeel, not surprising due to the 9.4% ABV. Toast and bitterness linger on the palate. A little too sweet and heavy to be really drinkable, but still a nice beer.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of pine, citrus, some grass, grapefruit, all the hop notes you would want. Flavor continues the lovely, resinous hop notes with a semi-toasty, semi-sweet malt backbone, more than a backbone really, a big, strong malt, but one that does not get too sweet to detract from the hops. Very nice.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber, very clear with no head... The movement of the beer in the glass seems very very heavy... Nice aroma of pine and citrus with notes of tropical fruits as well... Tastes of citrus, pine, alcohol under a creamy thick sticky full bodied warming body... Nice beer, though sometimes the line is being blurred between hoppy barleywine and double ipa...
LilBeerDoctor (3638) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick off white head. Aroma of grassy hops and nice cracker malt. Flavor is nice and malty with grassy hops. An alright IIPA, would have liked more citrus. The hop profile wasn’t my favorite, but this was a decent beer.
reggiedunlop (3625) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pors a ruby-amber color with a thin white head. aroma is of big, sweet citrusy hops...pungent pineapple, grapefruit, and grass. flavor is much like the aroma suggests...sweet pineapple first then grapefruit and a mild spice with a tealike finish. mouthfeel is syrupy and a bit too sticky and has a warming alcohol affect.