tightslice (832) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Safeway in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is sweet ginger candies, pine-y resin, some honey, grapefruit. Taste is sweet and smooth up front but the bitterness comes in a bit harsh. Something disconnected or artificial about this.
IrishBoy (4079) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Safeway Salinas. Nose is lightly citrus with some mango and papaya and the slightest hint of pine. Lightly hazy orange with a big heavy lacing off white head. Flavor is moderately bitter and spicy with some fruit notes.
LiMuBai (222) - - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An aroma of tropical and citrus fruits. I don’t feel the hoppy quality of an IPA in the taste. The palate is thick and heavy. Boozy as hell. Tasty, but an IPA? Maybe the high ABV is overwhelming the hop quality.
VinegarStroke (368) - Napa, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: tasted at the Tap Room. Light brown copper / tan. Medium lift of citrus and tropical. Dark malt. Big and bitter. Lacks the flavor to balance the bitterness. Missing either the hop lift or malt to define the style.
Darkmagus82 (2218) - - OCT 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-4-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice medium amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up through the brew, leaving a one finger height of a white foamy head on the surface of the brew. The head of the beer has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of tropical fruit smells of papaya, mango, tangerine and a bit of pineapple. Along with the tropical fruits, are some notes of a caramel sweetness as well, adding to the overall sweet aroma. Other than the sweet though, there is also a nice bit of an earthy/woody and pine hop as well as some very light hop notes of a more grapefruit nature.
Taste – The taste begins, as the nose would have suggested, with a good deal of sweet tropical fruits and caramel sweetness. The tropical fruits are just what the nose depicted with tangerine, mango, and papaya all there, but in also contained some other fruity tastes of a light melon variety as well. Along with the sweeter flavors, the beer also bolsters a rather nice doughty taste right up front, which creates a nice base for all the flavors to lie on. Soon after the initial tastes some hop flavors started to be sensed, with a bit of a pine hop flavor. Other hops join the taste more toward the middle with some more grassy/haylike and earthy/woody flavors piling onto the taste. The hops grow stronger to the end, counteracting some of the sweetness a little bit and bringing a bit more of an IPA flavor to the brew. Toward the very end some of the booze from the 10 % abv can be detected, bringing about a nice level of warmth. With the combination of flavors that is left on the tongue at the end, one is left with a quite satisfying, fruity and sweet, slightly warming and moderately hoped doughy flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side even in light of all the carbonation bubbles seen streaming through the brew. The lower carbonation and thicker body are fantastic for all the big flavors of the brew, soaking the tongue in all the robust flavors.
Overall – Though not a hop powerhouse, this big, sweet, and robust IPA was very pleasurable to drink. And while a bit of warming alcohol was sensed on the tongue, it wasn’t a lot in light of the 10 % abv. but just enough to keep you in check. Overall this beer was very easy drinking and quite enjoyable.
Strykzone (6275) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This is hazy and honey golden. A good amount of carbonation floating up. In the aroma I get tangerine and caramel. Lots of fruit, actually. The flavor brings a lot of fruit and a lot of malts. This was never bitter and the citrus grew. It did not get to grapefruit level but was nice. Candy was tasted but i could not figure out what kind of candy.
mezr (76) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle poured into a shaker. Aroma is immediately spruce and then citrus. It’s a clear golden color with a white, frothy head. Great lacing as I drink this. Taste is a medium bitter, and its slightly sticky and a bit thick on the palate. Carbonation is average and the finish is short, but not abrupt. I like double IPA’s, and this is a decent one, but there’s something interfering with the taste that makes it seem just a bit off from where it should be. I’m thinking it’s the alcohol coming through (which is 10%). I would definitely drink this one again though.
Sledutah (6839) - Utah, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle picked up in Vacaville
Cloudy amber with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malts and grapefruit. Taste is sweet caramel and pine resin
OK, but sweeter than I like in a DIPA
GJF (1486) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Hy-Vee. The bottles are gushers as if infected, but then doesn’t seem so and isn’t overcarbonated. It’s a very malt heavy beer--a little on the syrupy side, but generally a very good, semi-sweet beer with a lot of hop flavor at the end. Not quite bitter enough, but tasty.
Lagerboy (1858) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Cloudy brown-ish orange, foamy off-white head settles and lasts. Strong malt/PNW hop aroma and taste, spicy, herbal, citrus, pine, caramel and toffee, medium roast. Average carbonation, medium-full bodied, more aggressively hopped. Has an ABV bite, resinous, floral, some grapefruit. Definitely a bigger beer, and: DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)