IMtheOptimator (1161) - 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 (3172) - 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 (3415) - 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.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
NorCal Feb í08 - I had a tough time with this beer. While I love a hop blast just as much as the next guy this beer had some issues. First, the aroma was Pine-Sol. Hate to admit it, but it was Pine-Sol/Lysol, with an aspiriny/lemony thing going on that was just too hard to enjoy. Appearance is a light orange in color with a nice one-finger thick head. Beautiful color for a IIPA. Mouthfeel was too carbonated and prickly. Flavor was full of alcohol, some bitter grapefruit hops and an undefineable sweetness. I found that the aroma on this beer was just so darned hard to get past, that it really intruded in on the flavor of the beer. Iíve been to Huntingtion Beach Oggiís and know they can make good beer. I wonder what happened here.
Suttree (5291) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 One thing I did not expect in a California beer called "Hop Juice" is balance and even subtlety. But lo and behold, here we are. Sure itís hoppy but there is a formidable malt backbone, too, with notes of banana and bubble gum mixed with caramel and toffee, plus a touch of juniper. Its a bit heavier than I was expecting, too. And of course, its hoppy - big citrus hops throughout. Thanks to fordest for the trade!
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Pours a clear orange w/ ruby highlights and a fluffy rolling off white head. Aroma is hoppy..citrusy, piney and lightly floral combined with a sugary caramel/toffee aroma backed by some light turpentine solvent notes. Flavor is candy covered hops & pine needles. Caramel sweetness mingled with piney resinous and a light alcohol chewy finish. Body is moderately heavy. 9.4% according to bottle labeling.
3fourths (8295) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Intensely sharp, putrid amonia-drenched hops in the nose, with a sort of lemon/urine component as well, heavy on the sugar, and with a bit too much of a crystal malt and moldy blood orange smell to really be any good. It ends up completely dominating the nose and ruins what the hops are trying to do. Flavor: thick, chewy, sharp, heavy with the pine and twig-flavored hops, before being overpowered by a sickly sweet cherry, wood, sap, and nut flavored hop goop. Thereís something in here that makes me think caramelizes walnuts topped with moldy cheese, thatís not a very good impression to leave.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange color with a bubbly head. Lemony citrus nose that is somewhat medicinal. Flavor is a bit hot, with pithy hops and strong malt. I expected more from this beer.
decaturstevo (5264) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 On tap at bp. A hazed orange pour with gooey off white lace and head. Surprisingly more malt on the nose than hops for me. Donít get me wrong the hops are there but subtle. A very good hop presence in the taste with malt backing it up. An excellent finishing bitter with light hints of abv. Solid carbonation with full bodied palate. Very nice warmth but nothing over the top. A very solid beer.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brilliant clearish orange color. This beer just looks like hops. Sticky white head, laces the glass. Not too thick. Smells like flowers... Hop flowers baby. Sweet, sugary, caramelly, hop scents like none I have ever smelled before. Tastes of very green hops and fresh grass. A little earthy. Bitterness on the finish. Palate is thick yet smooth for such a large hoppy brew. I would like a bit more carbonation. One of the most different and interesting DiPAís I have had in a long time. Big and tasty and high alcohol.