Indra (2679) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Huge citrus hop aroma, fresh and green with notes of lime, grapefruit, orange and watermelon, also featuring a certain doughy, cookieish sweetness and plenty of toasty caramel malts, perhaps even a hint of vanilla in the background. Lightly hazy deep golden color with a faint amber cast and a lasting, fine head. A rather large amount of sediment left in the bottle. Flavor is surprisingly well-balanced for the style, with nearly equally massive malt and hop profiles, the hops contributing a copious amount of citrus and pine, as well as a resinous, drying bitterness, countered by a colossal malt base, bringing sweetness in the form of honey, caramel and light brown sugar, almost candyish, some bubblegum and cake-like notes present. Finishes with a blend of tingling bitterness and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and oily, body is appropriately massive. Really tasty stuff here. Thanks to Josh!
fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber/ orange with arromas of hops and pine. Taste really hppy and bitter.
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008-04-18. Hazy orange body with a small white head. Strange aroma, floral, dried leaves over resin, citrus notes are well overpowered. Flavour is quite bitter and has a powerful resiny hop character, decent amount of alcohol is revealed. Back of the throat is grabbed by cumulative hoppy growth. Average plus palate. Interesting, I want to love it but its just a bit rough around the edges for me. Bottle from trade with SDbruboy
"They were in some kind of hop cone Trojan horse..." - Tupalev
dwyerpg (4732) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some floral hops in aroms. Nothing but bittering hops in the flavor. Very bitter throughout and afterwards, but itís okay since I only feel like drinking one beer right now.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 3/31/08. 22oz bomber. Hazy golden hue. White spotty head. Fresh! Flowers and citrus in the nose. Wonderful! Big bitterness. Smooth malts but all hops. Sticky and piney. Nice bitterness. Pow!
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good copper color with nice sized head. Hoppy citrus nose with hints of malt. Flavor was hoppy grapefruit with a real nice blance of malt that had a nice sweet bready taste. Nice mouthfeel that wasnít too over the top. Good amount of alcohol, yet not too much.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber from PHX last fall. Pours a pretty orange/shiny copper with a persistent thin head that laces the glass nicely. Good carbonation brings forth its sweet resiny perfume. Flavor has a nice balance of hops and bready malt, probably more malt than Iíve had recently in a double IPA. Some alcohol warmth is noticable but not objectionable. <P>
The missing link for me was the expected hoppiness in flavor and aroma; there is plenty of hop bitterness. There is some nondescript hop flavor present, but not what I would expect given the name. Ruination is far better according to my taste buds. Still, this is a good beer.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve wanted to try this ever since I first read its name. Normally I comment on appearance before aroma, so let me state that I do so here simply out of convention, though I feel itís out of place. Poured a somewhat hazy amber with a fizzy/frothy off-white head. Wow, what an aroma... it hit me first upon opening the bottle, which leads to my feeling that the aroma should come first in this review. Powerful and refreshing, with notes of fresh mint, bitter and sweet grapefruit juice, some lemon. Flavor follows with minty and flowery hops, notes of grapefruit juice with a bit of grassiness. A touch of biscuity sweetness is there, but very little in comparison with the hops. Body is ok but feels somewhat thin for the style. I liked the refreshing hop profile here, but as an entire beer, espcially a double IPA, it came off as somewhat incomplete. This is a good beer which could be a step towards making a great beer.
SpringsLicker (3211) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing this one.
Fairly clear orange/amber body with a fleeting white head.
Minty hop aroma, some malts in the background.
The big malt flavor is kept in check by the hop brakes. Big and complex, this ventures into the border territory of a Barleywine.
TheEpeeist (3441) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear amber with a thin frothy head. Nose is orange and honeydew with underlying caramel and strawberry. Medium resiny body with a mild carb zing that lingers on the tongue. Taste begins with candied orange peel and pineapple. Grapefruit peel takes over leading to a clean grassy finish.