JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden pour with a thin white head. The nose is quite hoppy with lots of pine as well as a fairly fruity estery yeast profile that is fairly unusual. A touch berryish and sweet with a little bit of peppery ethanol over the top. It’s fairly sweet although it doesn’t seem sticky. Fairly fresh tasting although I think it could be substantially hoppier. The pine seems to intensify quite a bit as it warms up. It’s nice enough, but it lacks the punchiness that it needs to really stand out.
NielsenRatings (8119) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a red ruby red-orange appearance with a smaller cream colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose has citrusy hops and fairly strong pale/amber malts. Big pale malty flavor creates a big sweetness. The strong citrus hoppiness offsets that sweetness somewhat. Strong flavor with some burn on the finish. Not bad but not one of the better DIPAs.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very decent hoppy plus IPA. Pours golden colour, with significant beige head, that leaves very decent lace. Only one-third of a litre, I will drink it! Pleasant aroma, even a touch of roast!?! Above average creamy moutfeel, citrus in the background of this beershake. Hops dominate the malt, drinkable. Found at the Warehouse in Cleveland.
Drake (7848) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy copper color with a large frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of sticky citrus hops with a tropical and herbal finish. Taste is bitter citrus hops along with mango, melon and a resiny finish. Smooth, medium bodied. The bitterness lingers at the front of the tongue. Good beer.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a hazed amber body and a small white head. Aroma is fruity, caramel, crystal malt, orange, kind of sticky smelling. Taste is fruity, lightly bitter, citrus and floral. Lively bubbles, but not quite as dry as I would have liked.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Shouldn’t have drank this after eating hot sauce and hummus but damn it helped. Almost no head after the initial pour settles out, but the color is a nice peach and slightly opaque. Big sweaty armpit hops - caramelized grapefruit - and caramel malt in the nose. Sour grapefruit metallic flavor up front, it’s a bit astringent and tastes a bit like sucking on a penny. Chewy bitterness, slick but full palate. Lacks freshness, lacks vibrancy in the hops, and feels weighted down by the body, by the sugars.
JorisPPattyn (7682) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught Reddish, very carbonated amber beer with just a B.C."H". Very flowery, lunaria , hoppy nose. Very bitter, metallic tang but still some grapey or flowery notes. Unripe strawberries. Slightly burning MF, obviously well-carbonated, at the edge of CO² acidity; alcoholwarming. Still a D. IPA, but IMO a slightly oblique interpretation.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Within this lush Double IPA thrive citrus-bearing wooden, spicy hops, efficient companions to the caramel and bread crumb flavors generously offered by the malts. I would expect no less quality from a West Coast I2PA and Mad River delivers with this intense yet balanced number.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy amber.
-The hop fruitiness is rather orangey, quickly developing into hop cologne when accompanied by the wooden components.
-The mouthfeel is one of its best features, imho; plump, comfortable, never syrupy.
-This may not be as bright as my favorite Double IPA examples, but it sure is a very pleasant West Coast hop fix.
-Light alcohol warmth is felt alongside the hop bitterness.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at DRE. Slightly hazy orangish color with fluffy, one-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy tropical citric hops, plus some bready malt and fruit notes. Medium, hoppy and fruity palate, with flavors of tangering, mango, and black pepper noted. Very smooth and quaffable with well hidden alcohol, this one is outstanding!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 12/3/06: Pours a clear copper orange with a thin-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and fresh grapefruity hops. Body starts full, sweet and malty with a good grapefruity hoppy presence and a smoother, slightly warming finish. A well-balanced and enjoyable IIPA.