bookman10 (574) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light peach-copper color with little to no head. Aroma of somewhat muted floral hops. Flavor is some citrus and some bitter hops, but a bit overbalanced by a sweetish malt backbone and a rather bitter finish to the beer.
GRM (2796) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample, 4 ounces, draught, at the Hivernale des brasseurs, savoured on February 25 2012; eye: golden, hazy, no effervescence, nice white head, nice lacing; nose: resinous hops, grapefruit, light malt; mouth: resinous hops, malt, grapefruit, a-bit-short finale in resinous hops, mild astringency, mildly bitter, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, 4 onces, en fût, bue à l’Hivernale des brasseurs, savourée le 25 février 2012; œil : dorée, voilée, pas d’effervescence, belle mousse blanche, bonne dentelle; nez :houblon résineux, pamplemousse, léger malt; bouche : houblon résineux, malt, pamplemousse, finale un peu courte en houblon résineux, astringence moyenne, moyennement amère, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : bien
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Winter Warmer: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma consists of citrus hops with nice resin and piney notes also detectable. Taste is also a complex mix between some notes of citrus hops with some resin notes which is well balanced by a semi-sweet caramel malt backbone. Floral notes are very nice. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one.
tgncc (2616) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is fruit, pine, citrus, bread. The appearance is a hazy orange, white head. The flavor is like the aroma, fruity, bready, caramel. The finish is fruity, minty, pine. Medium to medium/thick in body. Very nice.
GarnotingPete (723) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter warmer 2012. Belle bière limpide à la couleur d’ambre profond. Des arômes typiques et racés de caramel, d’agrumes et de résine. Superbe amertume multidimensionnelle bien dosée. Bière à la texture collante, à l’effervescence moyenne et au corps baraqué. Elle se termine sur une belle amertume aromatique.
lefossoyeur (417) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winter Warmer Montreal 2012. Red with a fine white head. Complex and classy nose of grapefruit and fancy caramel. Bold mouthfeel, sensuous, clean citrussy bitterness backed by a solid malt base with toffee notes. Realy nice.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Happy Gnome. Nice mostly clear orange pour with a big fluffy white head. Big citrus hop nose. Taste is rich citrus hops and very well balanced.
PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks are deceiving in more ways than one. 22 ounce bottle into a 24 oz Sam Adams glass. This is a pretty looking ale, golden orange with a thick cream white head and fairly effervescent. From there the nose is doughy and syrupy, with some grassy, berry, peach and apricot. Also a rubbery tone faint but present. The flavor is very syrup laden, marmalade, rubbery note in nose runs across the mid palate. Some earthy herbal hop character begins to shine. Fruit in the finish is melon like with a decent bitterness, sweet sticky finish not unlike American imperial stouts. There is a puzzling lingering after taste, that is both sweet and slightly phenolic. This is not my idea of a good imperial ipa, very little nuance and very thick with hop aroma and flavor under played.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
did you read about this? no, i don’t care for newspapers .. . good dose of hops: syrup, bark, sap, and grapefruit rind .. . good iipa, but nothing jumpin
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Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, much larger head than I expected after the minimal pfffft that occurred once I opened hte bottle. 3 inch high head of fine bubbles that is nice and creamy on top. Nice hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and flowers, some tangerine, a bit of roasted malts and some green apples. Color is a dark copper brown. Wow, noticable alcohol presence and warming from the very first sip. Decent malt backbone which gives a bit of sweetness to offset the plentify hops bitterness. A very smooth bitterness, not harsh in the least bit that lingers long after the swallow. Some grapefruit pith and spruce play on the tongue that rounds out with some crusty toasted bread. This is a damn fine and well balanced IIPA.