bytemesis (3099) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle; poured a dark amber/orange with a bit of cloudiness. Small tan head with good staying power. Aroma of pine with a little citrus mixed in. Flavor disappointing - minimal hops detected, some citrus, but mostly bready maltiness noted, with some alcohol notes and a bitter aftertaste. A disappointing beer based on the reviews here; although the bottle was a recent purchase and was refrigerated, I have to wonder whether it was an old sample given that it was found in Virginia.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in Bridgewater Corners, VT. Pours a clear golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty solid with a good amount of citrusy pines along with a few florals and some caramel malts offering a balancing sweetness. Some juicy resins come out a bit more as this warms. Flavor is similar. Lots of juicy, piney citruses and resins with a few tropical floral fruits. Solid caramel malt balance with a light sweetness that aids in bringing out the juiciness of the hops. Some peaches come out towards the end as this finishes dry and moderately bitter with lots of fruity pine resins and a light caramel sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid DIPA. Very fresh with lots of juicy pine resins and a nice caramel offering a light sweetness. Highly enjoyable and no hint of the ABV%.
jmilo64 (40) - Maine, USA - APR 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
first tried this back in ’09 or ’10; rated in 1/20/12 from notes. Pours a golden color, nice head, little strong in smell and taste. Much better DIPAs out there.
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from a local Stop n’ Shop. Nose mostly from the hops with notes of pine and brown sugar. Pours an unfiltered dark gold hue with a thick, vanilla milkshake like head. The beer’s flavor is initially sweet with orange and grapefruit notes with a bitter, pine aftertaste with a slight semblance of bagels. This beer has tight carbonation and a medium body that makes it not too hard to put down. Very solid double IPA.
bbbeer (586) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy and bubbly yellow orange, medium white head. Aroma is hoppy with a little pine although fairly subdued. Medium body, no alcohol. Up front bitterness, orange/lemon and grass. Then becomes more on the sweet side, not so much malt as just sweet which throws things off a little.
DSG (5750) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2013 Re-rate 8/14/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks zvikar. Hazy orange. Aroma of stale hops and some malt, a bit caramelly. Sweetish malty flavor with caramel, honey notes and stale hops bitterness. Medium-bodied. Too old. Score is not calculated. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentine. Thanks beerandbeyond. Aroma of piney hops with a bit of resinous and citrus notes. Flavor has some malty sweetness at first, nice citric and piney hops and moderate bitterness. Medium-bodied. Nice stuff. 7/3/7/3/14=3.5
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Pours a clear orange body with a one finger fizzy off-white head that had pretty decent retention. Some nice lacing remained. The nose is citrusy and piney hops, but with a lot of malt sweetness as well that seems to temper things a bit. The flavor is similar to the nose, there’s a decent amount of hops in here, but the residual sweetness left from the malt really dulls the brightness of the hops. Not my ideal DIPA formulation. The finish is especially sweet and it lingers on for a very long time. Fairly full bodied and chewy from all the residual sugars with fizzy carbonation. Not a bad beer, but it’s not for me.
cleverlobo (315) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; cloudy amber with large white head; aroma-peach, pine, floral, some citrus; taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish. Can’t taste the specific yeast. Great beer.
UDBeernut (1676) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the dutch. Golden hue capped by small head with fair retention. Solid malt and caramel body, good cutting bitterness from citrus.
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured this beer from a large bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer was a cloudy, light amber-citrus color with a small bubbly white head that had little retention and slight cling. The aroma features strong hop scents of citrus and grain, along with a bit of caramel malt. Its taste was subtly sweet with citrus, but quickly gave way to a quite bitter grainy hops taste. It had a strong, dry mouthfeel, with light carbonation but good fizz and was fairly thin.