TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rusty orange. Thick, clingy white head displays fine retention. Nose is composed of cotton candy, melon, dried pineapple, marmalade, resin-drenched grapefruit pith, and cakey malt. Resin overshadows much of the brighter hop nuances. Fluffy carbonation. Hops are immediately captivating in their explosiveness, yet the core of the body is severely tacky and oversaturated with dense, oppressively oily resins. Vibrant and succulent hop flavors take a backseat to the overemphasized bitterness. Poor attenuation and vitamin B yeast notes further tarnish much of the luster. Staunch grapefruit sting accompanies a spicy surge of alcohol which tingles the palate and unveils sparse notes of peach and blood oranges. Pine needles and candied lemon zest also offer up some poignant, well-defined spiciness, but fail to withstand the overbearing sappiness. Soundly structured malts contribute ample wafery sweetness and substantial heft. Body remains rather heavy and borderline cloying as the malt compounds the resinous weight. Dry and clean note of alcohol lends dryness as it momentarily lifts some of the oils, but the palate is now virtually anesthesized by the unruly hop onslaught. Finishes with continued emphasis on the pine and oily resin, with lingering swirls of bitter grapefruit rind and malty sweetness. While it does have some redeeming qualities, this resembles many hop-driven beers which sacrifice finesse and nuance for overly bold, one-dimensional character thanks to the copious amount of high-alpha hops used. Decent.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber via Tim, thanks dude. Thought I shouldn’t sit on this big hoppy beers as much as I sometimes do... Pours Orange with a 1finger tan head. The head is pock marked with circles that look like mold and it makes sense to me for the name of this beer. Malt imbued hoppy nose. Nice balance with brutal hops. Big in you face pine and resin this is mixed with a nice blend of malts. Gotta say I like this. I don’t know many hugeanormous triple IPAs that are actually balanced. Fresh who knows what it would taste like this is still pretty killer.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very bright orange beer, hazy/cloudy with a thin white head. Aroma is so awesome... juicy and fruity and loaded with grapefruity, mango, papaya and even more tropical frutiness. Lean bodied and very drinkable. Loads of richly aromatic hops over the lean pale malt. Cooling minty/peppery booziness on the back. A very tasty IIPA. Would love to revisit a full bottle of this one myself.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from AKBelgianBeast on BA - thanks, Frank! Whoa, this is a hot one. It pours big, fluffy, and orange, reaching all the way down the coast to San Diego. A lot of the hops tend to get lost - at least with this kind of freshness - in the slight boozy character that creeps in, which is a shame. Solid malting keeps it relatively balanced, but the finish is quite dry and bitter. Sort of recalls Hop15 but a notch below, imho.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
an apt name. a large malt backbone supports more ibus than the tastebuds can comprehend. as for the citrus its all pith the finish is long a bitter throughout. big and balanced its no joke at 10.5, don’t be a glutton.
BuckeyeSammy (554) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting at JoeMcphee’s. The absolute most bitter beer I have come across. 200 IBU’s!... forget about it. A ridiculous beer, over the top. Not really citrus hoped flavor, strait bitter. Alcohol well hidden.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. This is a big and boozy IPA. Plenty of everything. Hoppy and malty with the fresh hops pushing of to the citrus side. Nice, dry finish.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thaks to Beerlando for sharing this rarity!!! Poured a hazy burnt orange color. Aromas of citrus hops pummel the senses, good heavens. The hops dominate all with this beer, but the maltiness does make a slight appearance. Way over the top.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly hazy red-orange color. A dense, foamy, off-white head shows good retention, leaving sticky flares of lacing on the glass. Aromas include a caramel and toffee malt base, with massive notes of grapefruit and orange hops. Flavors follow suit, showing an intense hop profile, yet an equally huge malt billing that comes damn close to completely balancing things out. Grapefruit emerges as the dominant hop variety. A huge beer in every sense of the word, the mouthfeel is medium-full, moderately carbonated, and very smooth. The 10.5% ABV is well hidden, enhancing drinkability. Overall, a very solid, over-the-top, huge IIPA.
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle@Hoboken#1-pours a retaining patchy off white head and hazy gold color. Aroma is sweet pine, secondary medium malt. Taste is alcohol, somewhat bitter pine hops, secondary medium malt.