DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
21-Dec-06 (22-oz bottle: Obtained 13-Jul-06 in trade with gputty, thanks Geoff!)
While the nose isnít providing much inspiration to drink this beer, the sirenís call of an Imperial IPA before me will always win out. Lots of grapefruit rind and piney bitterness here, but it is nicely balanced by the sweet, grainy, malty base. If the malt were a bit caramely, I would probably enjoy this beer more because the hop profile and the beerís balance is quite nice. As the malt fades off the tongue, the beer finishes with a long-lasting and somewhat sharp grapefruit-rind bitterness that hopefully would have mellowed a bit with additional aging. Also, the mouthfeel is rather dry, another positive aspect of this Imperial IPA that I find necessary for the style. Body is medium-full and carbonation is moderate. The well-balanced nose is citrusy and malty, but also has a bit of stinky feet going on, hurting the overall impact. The amber body is slightly hazy in appearance, and the tall, off-white head settles slowly and leaves large patches of intricate lace on the glass. Overall, a very decent entry into the category, but a more balanced finish would really help a lot.
Luvystypotables (1228) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild aroma of hops and grapefruit, great looking beer amber color with a nice creamy head. Complex taste of oranges, slightly sweet with a hint of bitterness. A mild short lived palate, slightly bitter.
Lickmygooch69 (11) - - JAN 2, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is beer of true man. I will fight anyone who dare challenger me. I am drunk and dangerous. And I have boxing gloves. My knuckles donít need them but your face does.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. This brewery has always been slightly inconsistent, given how young their beers are when they ship (or at least I presume thatís the primary reason). This one was a bit of a disaster. A flat, demoralizing pour, golden treacle. Nose was articial sweetener and grain. Slick mouthfeel, overwhelmingly sweet with little to balance it out at all. Bleh.
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy amber color with a moderate head. Nose isnít too strong, but is very hoppy and bitter in it. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, yet remarkably light and easy to drink. Quite a good beer...
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Virginia Beach, VA. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, caramel, and light grapefruit. Taste of pineapple, faint pine, and grapefruit. A pretty good DIPA.
DrSilverworm (9083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared with friends. $6 from Beer Run. Nice dense half-inch khaki head. Leaves good lace. Mostly clear amber - red color. Smooth carbonation, dry texture. Caramel malts. Hint of pepper. Spicy orange citrus hop flavor. Light bitter. Kind of sweeter taste. Only light alcohol, well-hidden. Actually kind of refreshing, with the subdued dryness.
KyotoLefty (8121) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Malty, spicy nose or caramel, cinnamon, grass, English hop, cherry and ripe apples. Deep orange-amber color. Fruity flavor, lots of cherry. Light body. More like an English strong ale or un-aged old ale than an IPA, but nice.
PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden color with slight amber hue. Aroma is mostly caramel. Not very hop forward for a IIPA. Taste is also ptedominantly sweet caramel. Hops are hidden until the end as it does have a slightly bitter finish. Medium to heavy bodied. Not very good for the style.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Nice sweet DIPA. Not not too harsh or grassy as many USA DIPAís seem to be. Balanced, flavourful, highly drinkable.