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 (7973) - .....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 donít care for newspapers .. . good dose of hops: syrup, bark, sap, and grapefruit rind .. . good iipa, but nothing jumpin
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Dorwart (2519) - 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.
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Peculier Pub with Ethan. Clearish brown-ruby pour with a moderate head. Toast, caramel in the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor, slight plastic and rubber, earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Pine, earth finish, bit more bready, toasty malts and caramel. The off flavors subsided gradually making the beer pretty decent.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a copper color with a fair amount of head. Nice hoppy flavor with a quick finish.
Niko100 (2652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of pine/floral hops, citrus, & some caramel malt; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, pine hops, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter with some alcohol; Fairly well balanced; Overall, nothing exciting - decent I guess.
keepersj12 (3058) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think my comrades might be a bit harsh on this one. The aroma is malty with caramel and dark fruits. The pour is cloudy amber with a lacing head. The flavor has the fruits and caramel but is balanced nicely with a hop bite in the end. The finish is assertive with a nice peppery hop feel, dry and clean.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2011 Aroma of malts, sour barley and sugar. Pours hazel with a small solid head. Tastes overly malty with roasted hops barely in there. Tastes like someone made "instant" beer like an iced tea mix.
jgb9348 (5605) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clearish amber coloured body with a copper glow and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, alcohol, resin and quite a bit of sweetness. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour with pine and herbal tastes at first with quite a large bitterness, some deep nutty malt and a little sweetness on the end. Aftertaste shows some rather deep flavours for the style with a lot of resin and sprucey hops. Overall, an okay Imperial IPA, too strong on some tastes and not enough on others - a bit too potent, plus the 65 cL bottle is way too much of this one. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 24-July-2011 for US$5.95 sampled at home in Washington on 31-July-2011.
nathan30533 (1016) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great ale. A taste of hoppolicious heaven. Great draft brew. Great double IPA.