SDalkoholic (1769) - Chula Vista, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Appeared as a medium amber hue that created a thick foam cap head which eventually retreats. Aroma is strange with a funky combination of green hop pellets and a slight whiff of peppermint similar to a broken York candy. Possible chance of alcohol comes through the nose as well but the smell of this beer is not to my liking. The drink is just the same except the malts seem to outweigh the hops used in this IPA with a sweet and bread like flavor but the sharp bitterness of the hops used really stabs the bitter taste buds on my tongue and I mean this in very bad way. This is an IPA I would trash during a conversation about IPAís made in California but thatís just my honest opinion since I found little satisfaction while drinking this.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craft Beer Clerkenwell thanks to Ken, 09/03/13.
Clear golden amber with a medium sized off white cap.
Nose is hops, sugars, herbal qualities, spice rack, thyme, lemon.
Taste comprises hops, pine, caramel malt, grapefruit, toffee.
Full end of medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitterness and spice in the finish.
teorn88 (1198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle at CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thanks to Ken. It pours a very deep amber/orange with nice off-white head. Sweet malt, floral hops, grapefruit, strong juniper berries, sage. Interesting and full bodied, but you need to like sage and juniper. This was quite in your face.
mR_fr0g (441) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel ruby red colour. Mineral chalk flavour . metalicalic. Citrus finish. Soft carbonation. Caramel toffee. Tar flavour.
Leighton (6967) - London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thank you Ken! Pours red-gold with a fine, creamy white head. Spicy pine in the nose, hints of ginger. Medium to big sweet flavor, lots of toasty, bready malts, hints of dry brown sugar. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately resinous to finish, some juicy berriea, bitter pine, sweet bread. Not bad.
zampano (7) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sage basil rosemary heather weed. Taste massive resin malt sweet mint juniper. Body medium. Surprisingly good , despite nose.
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Getbetter (554) - Cucamonga, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle and a nice dark amber color for this double IPA.Poured with a nice head .I thought the spruce is most prominment and thr jupiter berries...either way there is a lot of hop flavor to this beer regsrdless to the extras ingredients.
EHouse (163) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish orange in unfiltered hue with a finger of head. Big boy aromas of dank hops, summer sage, and something that reminds me of gingersnap cookies. Medium boy, creamy and smooth, with a nice oatmeal cookie malt backbone and a resinous bite of hop bitterness. The sage is very present with just a hint of juniper. Everything is fantastic until the finish where the sage lends an astringent smack of bitter polyphenols that donít want to let go of my tongue. A little sharp cheddar would clear this problem right up. If you like aggressive hops, youíll most likely love this. I would prefer a little more malt sweetness.
bwa5879 (305) - Portage, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle from valley beverage, Sherman oaks, CA. Deep mahogany/amber pour. Head was offwhite, dense, and an inch high. Smells like chocolate, gin, and freshly fried French fries, malty overall. Fairly well balanced flavor, leaning toward malt rather than hops. Caramel malt, bitter pine taste. Not nearly as special as the scent. Finish is sweet and dry, Chardonnay-like.
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jgb9348 (3968) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber coloured body with a thick, four centimetre tall tan head - very nice. Aroma of pungent grassy and very piney hops with some resin and a bunch of malt and alcohol - very nice nose as well. Full-bodied; Deep piney and almost spruce flavours throughout with a bit of bitterness from the back end and really does taste like gin (hence juniper berries) with a bitter finish. Aftertaste very earthy, herbal and showing some good flavours throughout - with a deep alcohol bite and a pungent, full flavoured finish. Overall, a very nice Imperial IPA showing some new flavour profiles, a good body and a filling, yet not too high alcohol beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Hi-Times Spirits in Costa Mesa, California on 05-August-2012 for US$6.37 sampled at home in Washington on 23-September-2012.