marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at City Beer. Pours murky amber with a modest beige head and a massive fruity aroma. There is a thick, rich caramel malt flavor with lots of pine. This DIPA is like a barley wine with extra hops, and is quite tasty.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at city beer. Pours a orange almost red with a sticky white head. Aroma is caramel sticky resiny hops pine. Flavor is piney earthy hops caramel toffee nuts earth. Good dipa. Mmmmm
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Najaís Place - Redondo Beach,CA
Appearance: Pours a clearish copper with visible rising bubbles.
Aroma: Perfumy goodness and citrus notes.
Taste: Sweet and grainy malt followed by flowery danky hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fizzy.
Overall: Solid and spicy.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle thanks to wavers1. Pours with a huge off-white head and a hazy golden-amber body. Quite pretty, full head retention. Aroma is grassy, caramel, light dankness, tropical fruits. Taste is very sweet for a DIPA, strong malt backbone. Could be drier (lower FG), but the resulting beer is very balanced (not what I think of when I think of West-Coast DIPAs). Caramel, tropical fruits. Prickly carbonation and a somewhat thick mouthfeel. Tasty.
popery (1204) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 Excellent DIPA. Lots of malt, lots of hops. Itís relatively sweet for such a hoppy beer and thereís still a lot of bitterness in the flavor, but the malt has a bigger part. Big caramel notes, almost spicy. Smooth feel. Huge piney and floral hop aroma. Lots of delicate hop flavor - this beer saw a lot of dry hopping. Amongst the best DIPAs Iíve tried.
badlizard (5520) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden with a creamy off white head. Big pine vanilla caramel and grapefruit aroma. Buttery palate and a beautifully sweet caramel vanilla butterscoth taste with a mild grapefruit and pine hop bitterness. Excellent.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blue Palms--sweet! Minimally hazy medium dark orange with a small off-white head, fading to a thin ring and thinner tattered film in the snifter. A nice creamy head does rouse. Highly citrusy and tropical fruit nose, win the citrus almost a tangy lemon because there are so many hops. There is also some caramel malts with a tinge of earth. Flavor is definitely sweeter, a tinge more than I would want, actually, and thereís some added skunky dankness and a little pine. The tropical notes pull back until this warms up a fair amount. Bitterness peaks at a 4--maybe a 5 in the finish, light alcohol presence. Some herbal dry hopping presents itself when warm. Big full syrupy body with soft carbonation. Pretty good, though I think I prefer fresh White Knuckle on tap. Usually I complain about beers using too many bittering hops, but I donít think they used enough here to compete with the huge malt backbone.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by Arbitrator on BA. This was supposedly triple (dry) hops brewed, so I was hoping it would be as hoppy as Miller Lite. What do you know, it was even hoppier! Wow.
Clear dark golden with a little white foam on top.
Nice aroma, sweet malt and citrusy hops. A little booze.
Flavor is pretty nice, except for some considerable higher alcohol presence. Sweet pale and caramel malt, as well as lots of grapefruit and resin.
Medium-bodied with some decent hop resins on the palate and a little booze.
Pretty drinkable for the ABV. A really nice DIPA overall.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
growler from the brewery, damn nice stuff. pours a slightly hazy medium orang/amber with some faint ruby red hints. nice creamy khaki head has nice retention, and leaves great and consistant lacing. very light and drinkable for the abv, there is a bittering blast up front, then finishes like a lager almost, crisp clean, and refreshing. nice balance of sweet maltiness and hop bitterness. the floral hop notes and all over, some pleasant citrus hints, lots of different trees too! spruce, pine, fir, and even some hints of the cali kind. i poured myself a pint and it went down way too fast since it tasted like candy, with virtually no heat showing up. i was skeptical, but glad i picked this one up.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 Growler from Marin. Glad this was still on tap (and growlers were flowing freely this time around)! Pours a deep, moderately clear, orange-amber color; lightly effervescent; tall, creamy, fluffy light-tan head with excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass. Gorgeous pour on this. The aroma reminds me a huge amount of Pliny the Younger: strongly orange-focused hop character, entirely smooth hop aroma, along with some lighter notes of citrus and grapefruit; malt (clean, though maybe perhaps a touch of light caramel) and yeast take a back seat to the lovely hop aroma here (hurray for dry hopping!); hugely generous, lots of fresh orange and light grapefruit; just lovely, resiny, dank, dripping hops in the nose. This doesnít have quite the bitterness levels of PtY, nor the dryness (people will argue this point, but PtY is nothing close to strongly sweet), but itís lovely in its own right... Medium to medium-full body; moderate carbonation, lightly creamy; as the aroma suggests, huge amounts of an orange- and grapefruit-centric hop character: resiny, juicy, non-astringent and just great; I hate astringent, rough, stupid hop bombs, and this is none of those things: a moderate sweet maltiness apparent at the core, with just a hint of caramel at first approach; light yeast presence (maybe some red apple appears); awesome, awesome hop monster with none of the typical "monster" consequences: smooth, resiny, drinkable stuff. And to think I was considering skipping out on this one for another growler of Russian River Aud Blonde (lovely in its own right, but itís always there)... A product of love; sometimes you can just tell. Medium finish, showing a nicely soft, orangey hop character lingering; a soft sugar maltiness. Man.