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 I’ve 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.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Jerc, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Mabel, courtesy of Jerc. Mild hop aroma - soapy. Some fruit and malt. Dark yellow, small white head. Huge hop taste - there better be with a name like Hop juice! - tons more in finish. A good DIPA, one dimensional but I really didn’t care - I was in the mood for hops and this delivered.
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aggressive...thick, syrupy brew that generates a 1/2 inch eggshell head that quickly turns into a ring floating atop the brew. Golden brew with hints of crimson at its deepest depths. The aroma is pungent hops...citrus and honey. Tastes somewhat like you would expect...grapefruit, sweet malt, and resin. Everything is to the n’th degree...but misses the balance needed to take it to the next level.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Grapefruit aroma with caramel and some pine. Rich caramel flavor with grapefruit and somoe resin. Lingering caramel and citrus. Lots of malt, needs a bit more bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 7/27/2005 Total Score: 3.7
Draft. Rich dark amber beer with a nice off-white head. Hoppy aroma (grapefruit/pine) with a lot of sweet malt. Flavor has tons of caramel to back up lots of citrus/pine hops. Velvety/creamy/rich mouthfeel very good. My only complaint was there was too much caramel malt in the flavor - I wish it was toned down a little to let the hops ompletely overpower.
Nero55 (865) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pale copper with small white head. Aroma of floral and pine hops. Medium body with slight malt sweetness upfront with some notes of nuttiness and a a piney hop finish.
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with off white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Sweet taste with a dry bitter finish. Smooth on the palate for a high ibu beer.
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edwardbass (645) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma lost on me thanks to my sinuses. Taste is a mix of citrusy, then slightly piney hops with malt and alcohol sweetness sharing the taste about 50/50 with the hops. Very drinkable, so the ABV will sneak up on you. Good DIPA, a bit malty sweet for my taste.
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 5 oz. pour at Max's in the Fell's Point district, Baltimore, MD.
Clear, bright amber with an off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of pine, caramel and citrus.
Taste of pine, citrus and caramel with a strong piney finish.
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jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a hazy dark orange with almost no head. Aroma of caramel and butterscotch with some resinous pine and citrus. Taste is light bitter and medium sweet. Caramel and butterscotch with pine and citrus. Full bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Good, but a little off. Something just doesnt sit right. Maybe a not so fresh bottle?
gam (3600) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour medium head and carbonation the aromas hoppy strong caramel the flavours caramel pine medium bitter citrusy hops apricot though mild grapefruit the finish has hops the flavour mainly the bitter is good at the end nice caramel touch but an average rate for the style