Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I got a snarler of this (along with Clementine Lemon Thyme) last night, as I wanted to get something that wasnít year-round.
Appearance: It looks pretty good. Pours with about a finger of a fairly creamy head, and is a nice somewhat dark brown color. Some decent lacing. Not a great looking beer, but unfortunately, the highlight.
Smell: Weird. I canít even put my finger on the aroma I get on it, but itís unusual. I get that similar aroma in taste-form at the front of every sip. Other than that, thereís a lot of sweet smelling malt.
This beer reminds me a lot of a failed version of Lake Erie Sea Monster by GLBC. Given the name C-Monster for this beer, they HAD toíve wanted to make their own version of that beer. I donít really care all that much for that beer, but this is considerably less enjoyable. Thereís a lot of sweetness in this beer, with some pretty mild bitterness, but it doesnít taste like a IIPA to me. I donít know WHAT it tastes like. I just donít taste any real hop flavors. The 9% ABV on this would be hard to guess for most people -- no warmth that I could feel, and thereís really zero alcohol flavor.
Basically... I wouldnít want this beer again. There are way too many better IIPAs out there.
umich03jm (2007) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear golden orange color with a medium foamy head that fades slowly and leaves very nice webbing. Slightly musty aromas of oranges, tropical fruit, pepper, and sweet malt. Taste is very sweet, might be the first DIPA Iíve had thatís more sweet than bitter. Good hop flavor, good mouthfeel. Overall, itís very enjoyable but I just wish it wasnít so sweet.
tectactoe (1941) - Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Tap: Amber body with mild haze to it, foamy gray tinted head settles and leaves insane lacing and lacing rings all over. Aroma is loaded with plenty of classic American hops; some spice, some floral, some dank, some citrus, some tropical fruit, hint of pepper. Nice caramel malt backing. Great mix of hop aromas. Taste is more malty than aroma would say; plenty of sweeter caramel and toasted bread malt. Hops are not as assertive but still flavorful. Light pine, heavy fruits, both tropical papaya and mango with citrus like light pineapple and orange. Hint of alcoholic heat and some ashy hop leaves. Thick mouth feel, light carbonation. Really nice DIPA, wish it wasnít so sweet. Taste doesnít match aroma but itís still pretty good.
JPDurden24 (1578) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewery, amber colored pour, and not much head. Hoppy and resiny with some nice Hoppiness overall. Itís pretty damn tasty.
flatmatt (1125) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Forgot to take notes on the appearance, but there was nothing unusual about it. Aroma is peppery, herbal, and citrus hops, slightly reminiscent of chili pepper. Grapefruit, peppery, and floral hops with a moderate bitterness and sweetness. Juicy hops. Very nice.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours hazy burnt orange with off-white head. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, some pine, and some bready malts. Flavors of pine, lots of bitter hops, some sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, a little bit of a bread note, and good amount of booze. Finishes sweet and boozy, but the amount of bitter hops saved this for me. Big IIPA. You have to like them big and boozy to really enjoy this. Best beer they had on tap by far.
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 On tap: The aroma consists of moderate tropical fruit, oranges, and grapefruit. Itís a hazy dark amber with a small soapy off-white head. The flavor starts with moderate tropical fruits and citrus notes. The finish has moderate grapefruit hops and touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, Iíve always like Liberty Streetís IPA/IIAPs, and this is another great one. A dangerously drinkable IIPA.