thegreenrooster (3261) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a dark orange with almost no head at all. Aroma is super sweet with a piney hop backbone. Flavor is again sweet to start then comes an ok but not overpowering hop. This beer is very thick and syurpy. Will satisfy your hop crave but this is way to sweet, heavy and thick. The hops could be a little more pronounced as well.
douglas88 (6233) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Guntown. Pours a deep copper color with a medium white head. A crisp bitter nose. The flavor is pretty intense pine and bitterness, not a ton of fruit, some dryness. Very good.
unclemattie (4248) - Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2012, 8.2% ABV. 12oz bottle, hunter green label. Pours deep copper color. Thin, cream tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, some nice fruity hops. Nose of pine and citrus, but mostly malts. Spicy hop bite up front. Some sweet biscuit malts, finishes dry. Heavy bodied. Finishes with a hearty pine bitterness. Heavy malt backbone and seriously hopped. Could use more dry hopping and less bittering. Still a good beer, and really big. (3394)
Terminus (3267) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 Bottles thanks to Idrink2or3 for this very solid IIPA. Pours deep orange hue with 1 inch eggshell head that was sudsy/soapy. The head was gone fairly quickly though. nose is quite balanced between pine/grapefruit hops, lite tropical notes and a nice dose of the caramel malts. Smells a little more malty than i was expecting however, well balanced. has a lite note of green onion as well as metal. flavors are a bit more metallic than i was expecting also very sweet with very lite bitterness, only in mid palate. finish is somewhat sweet, herbal, floral with very lite alcohol notes. a bit different for this style however, not bad considering the source. the metallic notes in the flavors bumped this down a notch for me.
ccex (942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear dark orange with a small off-white head and some lacing. Smells very hoppy. Aroma is full of cirtrus hops with caramel malts and a bit of pine. Taste is bittersweet, with a long bittersweet finish. Body is at least medium with slight carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky. I have tried many Leinenkugel beers, and this is the only one I’ve tried which is much better than merely tolerable, so I’m glad to see they can make an IIPA right up there with my favorites from other brewers.
Tmoney99 (10947) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy complex earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittesweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a very good beer.
DrSilverworm (6796) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, best by 9/24/12. Little off-white head, clear amber color. Some bubbles on the side of the glass. Some dots of lace. Lighter carbonation, dry finish. Bigger body. Piney, resiny and earthy hops. Caramel malt. Good bitter taste. Decent DIPA, but doesn’t really stand out in any way. ABV on the back of the bottle was labeled as 8.2%.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Sure, I was happy to hear that this one was finally being bottled. And sure, I was happy to see a decently priced four-pack at my local. But this beer, and I write this as an abiding hop slut, was really tough to get through. Handsome enough in appearance, deep copper, well carbonated, yada. Nose was initially quite disconcerting, with a rotting fruit and soap combination that was quite potent and mostly overshadowed anything approaching what I actually want from a hop-forward beer’s nose. Alas, that impression was furthered in the taste (and in subsequent bottles), with the bizarre additions of toffee and malt. Just a total oddball of a DIPA, and not in a good way. Rotting fruit throughout.
zizzybalubba (1477) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Bottle Revolution in Raleigh, NC (2012 Vintage, 8.2% ABV). Pours dark orange with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and tangerine. Delicious assertive hop flavor of grapefruit, pine, wet grass, and orange. The hop bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue reminding you of its deliciousness and enticing you to go back for more. An awesome DIPA.
italianjohn (2355) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper pour, thin off white bubbly head .... hazy color ... nice aroma of piney and citrusy hops, with light caramel malts as well ... taste of piney and citrusy grapefruit rinds with some tropical fruits .... mouthfeel is bitter and rindy .... also has a nice addition of caramel malts which kind of mingles with the hops but comes up on the back end .... finish is bitter rindy and has a nice lingering dry hop and malty goodness .... abv is hidden very well .... good job leiney