Drake (9999) - 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.
hopscotch (9962) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Murky orange ale with thousands of white floaties tooling around the inside of the glass. Small, creamy, off-white head that is decently retained. Fruity, malty aroma delivers big notes of citrus, fuzzy and tropical fruits caramel, toffee and praline. Full-bodied and chewy with moderate carbonation. Robust caramel sweetness balanced nicely by a ballsy bitterness. Alcohol is detectable, but not overbearing. Caramelly, bittersweet finish. Kudos to scraff for shipping this bottle down from Baltimore!
adnielsen (9920) - 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.
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a deep orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus and caramel. Tastes of caramel, citrus / oranges, and some melons. Definitely sweeter (brown sugary) than it was bitter. Light alcohol in the finish (but overall well hidden). I would have preferred more of a hoppy / bitterness to balance out the sweetness.
Sammy (9280) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - 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.
crossovert (8682) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Comes in a stubby 12 oz bottle with a slightly different label than pictures. No apparent date.
Pours into my american pint glass with a full 2 finger, lumpy, off-white head and a murky apple cider colored body.
Smells very sweet and citrusy, very nice for a DIPA. California styled in the scent department for sure.
Taste has a decent malt backbone but the hops are the main show with some cirtus lemon and grapefruit notes and a bitter finish. Not as intense as its other west coast counterparts, but still a solid tasting DIPA. Mouthfeel is a little too smooth for me.
Overall a decent offering in the DIPA category, not to malty, and enough hops to excite the palate somewhat, it is a bit pedestrian but is better than the lower tier beers such as Maximus.
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange/pine hops aroma. Hazy orange-amber color with large head and nice lacing. Strong pine hops and sweet caramel hops flavor. Nicely blended. A pleasure to drink.
mcberko (8544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours cloudy orange with a medium white head. Aroma suggests something other than an IPA, with lots of wheat, caramel sweetness, and heavy malts. Flavour of muted dry hops, wheaty notes and sort of stale caramel malts. Seems like there’s either something off about this or that the malts and hops don’t mesh well. Either way, not very stimulating.
3fourths (8481) - 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.