BK7 (622) - Turner, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Big hoppy flavor and bitterness balanced with malty caramel. Good citrus and pine flavors in the background. A smooth drinker with a bitter finish that lingers. Tasty.
CampesinoTino (684) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Reddish copper colored with foamy tan head. The aroma is mostly floral hops, grapefruit and caramel. The flavor goes back and forth between earthy, bready malts and herbal hops with the addition of some orange, grapefruit and apricot notes in the background. The body is creamy for an IPA with moderate carbonation and a bitter finish with a slight citrus aftertaste. For 100 IBUs, itís surprisingly smooth and easy drinking.
Drink4Satan (666) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nearly opaque amber colour with a sudsy off-white head that leaves dense spotty lacing. The aroma is a righteous bouquet of pine, resin, orange zest, flowery hops and vinous, caramel-like malts. Iím detecting slight oxidation, as there is a sherry component here, but this is certainly due to the cross-country shipping in the summer heat. Iíve had it fresh at the brewpub and that certainly was not detectable there. It kinda feels like a mild barley wine, but Iím not complaining, I dig it. The flavour is extremely bitter, citric and resinous with just the right amount of chewy, caramel-like malt character to back it up. The finish is a bit boozier that the abv might suggest, but itís still incredibly drinkable for a 100 IBU destroyer of senses. The mouthfeel is full and slick with prickly carbonation piercing through the chewiness. For the price, this is a good everyday bomber, for sure.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fifth Quadrant. This one was very malty for an IPA. Tasty, but very malty.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark copper with not very much head. Aroma consisting of big caramel, with some slight floral and orange notes hiding behind the caramel. The aroma made me question the freshness a little bit, but upon tasting, I believe its just suppose to be a malt forward IPA (which it definitely is). Toast, caramel, tiny bit of pine make up the flavor. Slightly thin(almost flabby even) on the body, this beer finishes slightly bitter without being very overbearing. Sure doesnít drink like 100 IBUs.
mattyb83 (734) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared by mtjoseph. Pour is a slightly hazy reddish orange color. There is a small ring around the neck of foam. The aroma leaves me wondering if this is just a malt forward ipa or if it is past its prime. Alot of caramel, slight chocolate milk, with just a hint of citrus. Taste has a hint of orange and grapefruit, then mostly caramel towards the mid-palate and on into the finish. Finish is slightly bitter, but not anywhere near what Iíd think of for something that is 100 ibus. Medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. This beer lacks the hop punch that I expected from something that is listed at 100 ibus. There is little, to no, bitterness and there isnít a whole lot of citrus or pine present.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour thin bubbly white head. Caramel and pine aroma. Taste is burnt toast and lots of bitterness.
luttonm (1755) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in Seattle. Pours ridh, dark amber with long lasting, lacing off-white head. Nose is firm juicy hops, but with plenty of malt backing and a touch soapy and sticky. body is juicy and full, very sticky. Resinous, orange and pine. Roundly bittering, dry sticky finish. Very tasty and well done, flavors are pretty crisp and aftertaste is pleasant.
dchmela (2480) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Horse Brass Pub. Dark brown pour with a thick off white head. Huge citrus and pine hop aroma, very resiny. Nice malt body that balance out the huge spicy citrus hops. Good brew.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This IPAís citrusy, earthy hop bouquet shines atop caramel-accented toasted malts, leading to sustained peppery hop resins which evolve in a gorgeous, soft mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A puffy veil of foam floats atop the deep amber.
-The natural carbonation does wonders for the mouthfeel.
-The malt signature could be brighter, or a tad toastier.
-The citrusy hop character is mostly present in the aroma; hops become coniferous, earthy and resinous in the flavor profile and finish.
-This is very drinkable throughout.
-The hop bitterness is lengthy but never aggressive.
-Toasted malts and peppery hop resins are quite harmonious...