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 (5244) - 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.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy meidum copper colored body with a light off white head. The aroma is dank with some grass and wood. There is a little bit of the sage as you continue to smell. The taste has some bright citrus floral hops with a little catty character. The sage certainly comes to play in the finsh.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber with a lingering frothy head. Strong piney hop and sage smell reminds me of trips to Potholes Wildlife Refuge; the wild sage brush in Central Washington has an awesome floral scent to it. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice hoppy flavors mirror the aroma with pine sap, sage, juniper, and a light caramel sweetness to round things out. A great ipa here.
JohnnyJ (3893) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Pours a very deep amber/orange with nice off-white head. Sweet malt, floral hops, grapefruit, strong juniper berries, caramel, herb, and a definite flavor of sage. Interesting and full bodied. This stuff is sweet, bitter, and spicy. A good beer if you like sage and juniper.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from IrishBoy. Thanks!
Pours a thick cheddar orange with a nice head and perty laciní. Aroma is floral, with grapefruit and orange slightly mixed in. Flavor is a sweet cedar with the sage banginí on the door. Alcohol leaves a brief stinging sensation on the tongue but quickly subsides as the flavors take over. Thin mouthfeel, but I like the way the flavors come in waves. Another great hop bomb from my California IPA connection!
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Najaís. Pours dark, cloudy orange with a moderate head and spider web lace. Smells nice and hoppy with a lot of the different herbs in the nose as well, sage, etc. Tastes hoppy and bitter up front with the herbs and the sweetness they bring on the finish and that lingers. Full body, semi-syrupy, good carbonation.
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Its a good floral and dank DIPA. Pours copper with some yellowish head. Flavor is lightly sweet malt with the rush of dank, floral hops. I canít really taste the juniper, but I definitely get the sage. As it warms the bitterness comes out more, giving it a bit more balance.