marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reddish orange beer poured with a nice beige head and a caramel aroma. There is a sweet malt flavor with lots of caramel and a citrus and pine finish. The juniper flavor reminds me of genever.
bhensonb (10359) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Copper amber color with a three-finger beige tan head. Rather evergreen aroma, but not over the top. Medium body with creamy carbonation. There is so much hop. It is almost juniper. It is almost sticky with resin and malt. Sage? Might be. Mostly really evergreen. If you love gin, this is for you. The juniper just rolls around the mouth. This might be something to preserve the body for the ages!
DuffMan (6167) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
GABF 2008. Bronzy amber, low cream coloured head. Odd chemical aroma, like freshly torn plastic packaging, intermingles with the usual resinous and fruity cascade trademark. The same weird chemical flavour drowns out any sweet malt or aromatic hop character. The finish is long and bitter, but that can’t make up for the dominant flavour. This one did not hit the mark for me.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DTM scored this on a trip to So-Cali. I had a beer once called Spruce Ale. That one was horrible, however this beer was what I was expecting from that label. It was super piney, like licking an evergreen tree and it tasting how the forest smells. Nice departure from the norm and clear example of what a piney IPA brings to the palate.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle as bonused by doublea....pours a red caramel brown pour with a semi thin off-white head.... strange aroma that had a sweet plasticy aroma, somewhat chemical with some other spices that really threw things off for me....that off aroma made its way to the flavor which didn’t quite work for me. sweet malts with some bitterness but ultimately difficult for me to digest. quite different with the spices involves but not to my liking. points for a totally different west coast DIIPA.
DTM (783) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. This was definately different from most IPA’s I’ve had. Usually its citrus hop, but the piney hops dominated the palate. The description says sage and juniper and I would totally believe it. Hopefully I can find this one up in Norcal.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, clear amber with a fluffy white head that shows good retention leaving a thin cap and very good lacing. This is a very good looking beer. The smell is different with some interesting floral aromas, probably the sage and juniper coming out with some pine and oranges in the background. Taste starts with a quick citrus hop kick with grapefruit and oranges before giving way to a sweet bready malt backbone. There is a huge floral hop aftertaste with the juniper and sage dominating the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sticky with the floral hops. This is a very interesting and different take on a DIPA and pretty enjoyable. It’s always good to be surprised by something a little out of the ordinary.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Imperial IPA pours a deep orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is orange and citrus, touch of malt. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Not a real big Imperial IPA, but has a nice hop profile, with lots of malt in the background. Very drinkable, the 8.5% alcohol is not all that evident.
Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber, frothy, off-white head. Aroma is citrus, maybe peach or tangerine, caramel. Flavor is sweet grapefruit, not tart like most DIPA’s, very subdued, doesn’t hit you over the head, caramel, very laid back hop profile. Alcohol is hidden very well.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Wow this one is different. The hops takes a backseat to Juniper and sage. The aroma is dominated by juniper and caramel, very little hops. Flavors are mainly sage, in particular initially. There is definite some serious hops in there because otherwise thisd would not work. But the sage is the predominat falvor. Body is robust, somewhat oily. Not a typical DIPA but a rather complex ale.