probstblueribbon (2705) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Central New York Brewfest, Syracuse NY. 06FE10. Cask.
App.: Hazy deep amber, frail off-white rim.
Aroma: So very American – lots of big juicy C-hops, backed my nice crunchy caramalt – marmalade on good German rye bread.
Palate: Medium body, still, slick.
Flav.: Like the nose, the hops are oily and quite piney with fair grapefruit, enough malt for support, slightly peppery; lightly sweet with good bitterness and a somewhat spicy/peppery finish that fades to toffee.
Pretty nice. One of the few cask ales at the Fest.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz from a trade on BA - thanks Foster! Medium amber pour with a very creamy one-finger head and some opaqueness. Smell is crisp and dry with a sweet vapor trail. Taste is a bit interesting in that one moment it seems a bit too sweet, and the next a bit too sharp. Not off-putting just a bit odd. Decent IIPA.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, nutty, fruity, and toast. Flavor is caramel, toasty, nutty, and a bitter citrus finish.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer comes with really nice hops. The hops are a little harsh, but it’s in a good way.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks corey70! - Pours a hazy orange with a small white head...aroma is oily hops and quite floral, citrus and caramel sweetness...flavour is similar, noble hop profile, dry and biting, light spice and some resin...finish is a lingering clean grapefruit bitterness, with not noticable abv...tasty stuff!
williamherbert (1198) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick and hazy like a dense fog. Large puffy head. Bright but awfully murky dark orange. The ideal, iconic look for an IPA.
Aroma is a perfect floral hop; butter but with a spicy sweetness. A magnificently citrusy hop scent. Stronger and more bitter as it warms.
The taste is a strong hop flavor with a spicy citrus. Grassy, floral undertone. Very bitter aftertaste. A spicy, citrusy double IPA with notes of pine. Slight hint of Belgian ale spice.
Feels fizzier than I expected; dances on the tongue. Somewheat thick, but thirst quenching. For 10%, awfully easy to drink. Lots of character, not overhopped.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a hazy orange golden with a diminshing white head. Makes great lacing. Good citrus aroma. Touches of maltiness, spices, and honey. The flavor is crisp and clean. Very hoppy and bitter. The alcohol is well hidden. Has an oily texture. A real good finish with a great aftertaste. This is a real good beer, in the style I love but very crisp and refreshing. This is a really good beer.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of phhd, thanks Ethan.
Gold/orange pour with a big fluffy white head. Sweet, citrusy aroma with a little maltiness in there. Mild flavor, hops were a bit muted, very easy to drink, the alcohol was very well hidden. Not great, but still pretty good.
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus. Lemony citrus. Refreshing.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy amber, capped with a big, frothy tan head that persists until the last sip. Tantalizing aroma of grapefruity hops, spice, honey, grass, and caramel. Flavor is heavy on citric hops, with grapefruit, orange zest, juniper berries, grass, honey and spice. Hops cling to the palate for a lengthy finish. Really nice double IPA.