padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 This was very good. Poured a cloudy orange. Strong hop start and mellow finish. Grapefruit, orange peel taste. Yummy.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a twist off 12 oz. stubby bottle with no freshness date, sampled after a few hours in my refrigerator in a tulip glass. My bottle had sediment in the bottom that I decided to swirl and pour in.
Poured a cloudy orangey, tarnished copper with a small foamy, bubbly topped head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking.
Aromas of dry leafy tobacco, citrus, resiny hops, a light apple fruitiness and grainy, caramel malts.
Good, steady medium carbonation and a crisp, dry, hop slick, velvety smooth medium-full bodied mouthfeel.
Pleasant enough tasting DIPA, earthy spice, dry leafy, citric rind bitter hops, a soft, rolling bitterness in the palate, a nutty yeastiness that meshes with the grainy malts, traces of sweet caramel, the alcohol has light fruitiness to it, slowly warming in the back of the throat, and a dry hoppy, sweet malty finish.
A decent DIPA, quaffable if you’re not careful, a nice change of pace.
Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Nice opaque brown with medium off-white head. Not much aroma. Taste is sweet as though juice was added. A bit of citrusy hops in the taste, but not quite enough for me to call it an IIPA. This would have been a decent IPA, in terms of the hopping. $3/12oz
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Metallic-orange body with hazy particulates and a sudsy off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, particularly mango, along with straw and pine. More pineyness emerges in the flavor. Semi-dry with nice elevated bitterness. A solid, standard West Coast DIPA.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong floral and sweet grapefruit hops on this hazy amber pour. The flavor is sweet, floral, with a bitter finish. It goes down smooth and the bitterness doesn’t last.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a bright orange with a white head that leaves substantial sticky lace. Aroma of citrus hops, pine, armpit. Taste is very piney, dry, acidic, woody with some citrusy hops. Hops are not that strong, especially for a supposed double IPA. This is a good beer but can’t really compare to others in its category.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a low key double IPA that does not leave a lingering funk on your palate or lack in flavor going down. Pours hazy and unfiltered, medium amber color with a so-so head. Smells of faint hoppiness. Tastes of the nectar of the gods. This beer deserves better scores, and I don’t work for Steelhead.
drfabulous (3917) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter. Slight aftertaste. Decent hops, but not as much as a Double should have. More or less what a typical brewpub will have as an IPA. Drinkable and decent.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hop aroma was suprisingly lacking, taste profile showed good malt sweetness but not enough hop flavors were present, finish was unremarkable.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich orange amber with a very light white head. Looks very clear for a double IPA so they must filter the hell out of it. Very massive hop aroma and some spices. Pretty monster grapefruit hops in the taste. Very smooth though, this does not seem like a double IPA. Other light citrus characters are present but they should definitely just call this one an IPA.