after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22. Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with orange edges. Loose, sudsy, and nicely deep off-white head. Huge bready wheaty nose, smells like cracked husks heading for a flour grinder, plus a tang of activated yeast. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Wheat, caramel, and oranges on the mid palate. Fruity, oily hop finish of oranges. Nice refreshing big old wheat beer. Would happily drink again.
Earlier Rating: 1/11/2009 Total Score: 4.4
22. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Pours a hazy dark orangeish amber. Dense but shallow off-white head. Huge tropical fruit nose: grapefruit, pineapple, mango. Creamy medium body. Piney, grapefruity, toasty mid-palate with a big resiny finish. These huge hops combine with the dense, somewhat mild but still perceptible brown-bread wheat notes so well. It’s just a natural match. Great beer.
daleharshman (975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Holiday Wine Cellar ($11.59). Pours a very clear gold-straw color with one finger of off-white head. Aroma of mellow citrus, some tropical fruit, and bits of wheat and sweet caramel. Flavor has grapefruit as well as significant earthy-vegetal hops, ending with a noticeable (though weak) malt backbones. The wheat seems to mellow out the hop "bite" (despite the apparent marketing message for this beer). Still, it’’s noticeably more bitter than sweet. Okay DIPA, but not worth the price. (71, 544)
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy citrus and grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty and very hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy deep orange/copper coloured body with a touch of a golden look and a nice, dense four centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of strong hops, grapefruit, pine, flowers and a little bit of sweetness. Full-bodied; Chewy mouthful at first that is very potent - a lot of alcohol and honey tastes are noticeable at first with a deep hoppy taste of grapefruit and a touch of pine - finish is very malty and wheatie with some yeast and sweetness also near the end. Aftertaste is very sweet and very potent - plenty of alcohol bite with this one. Overall, a good and interesting take on the style with sweetness and heavy body really balancing out the tons of hops and malt in this. Nice to try, although it wasn’t my favourite imperial IPA. I sampled this 65 cL (wish they made it smaller, but I know everything that MS does is in these bottles) bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 08-February-2011 for US$11.69 sampled at home in Washington on 22-February-2011.
mcberko (9343) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a straw colour. Aroma of wheat, citrus hops and caramel. Flavour begins with wheat, and moves toward the citrusy hops, balanced well by caramel malts. Slightly thin, uncomplex mouthful. Quite good though.
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a crystal clear apple juice color, with ample head that dissapates but leaves a thin layer for a long while, ok lacing after a bit more time. Smells immediately of wheat with some citric hops coming through the wheat. A weird smell, borderline metallic, but not too much so. Taste is kind of similar, with a LOT of wheaty malt, but also a fair amount of bitterness from the hops. The wheat is really a treat to taste, and the metallic twinge I get in the middle is actually kind of pleasant. Citrus is there, but not in spades, and I can only get a vague lemony taste from it. Body of the beer is heavier than expected, and it benefits the beer, as the flavors are quite strong. Carbonation is present throughout each gulp, and is gone before it can leave a tingle on the tongue post-swallow. Drinkability is really, really high, the 8% is not a factor in any way. Each sip is goes down so easy that I thought it was 5% until I checked the bottle. Overall this is one of the most refreshing beers I’ve ever had, and really does what it sets out to do.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours lightly hazy, light orange with a large offwhite head, some lace. Smells astringent and bitter, citrusy hoppy. Eh. Tastes about the same. Astringent and 1 dimensional hops with a mild, sweet, malt presence. Medium body, good carbonation.
TheEpeeist (3543) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Bubbly orange brown with a foamy white head. Nose is pink grapefruit, pine, sandalwood and toffee. A touch syrupy with a bracing carb bite. Taste is bitter lemon, nectarine and grass. Fruity apricot finish; dry and bready. A bit past its prime but still quite nice.
Earlier Rating: 4/4/2009 Total Score: 3.6
22 oz bottle. Misty olive orange with a spongy off-white head. Nose is orange, grapefruit and wheat candi. Medium body, resiny, muted carb. Taste is orange peel with a pithy, wheaty smoothness. Spicy floral notes add some dimension.
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bomber bottled August, thanks to AmEricanbrew) clear pale yellow, sparse bubbles. Nose of citrus, hops, raisin, Belgian yeast and caramel. Taste of bitter grapefruit, no real residual sugars, and rhubarb. Oily body with a bitter linger.
Ungstrup (30392) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy light amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of spices and camomille tea. The flavor is sweet with notes of spicy hops and malt, leading to a dry finish.