cardofab (215) - Teramo- ITALY, ITALY - APR 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Birra da provare assolutamente. Color fango, al naso Ť luppolo e agrumi. Sul palato Ť un trionfo di luppolo, pompelmo, in parte pesca, resina.Il punto di amaro Ť impressionante ma Ť morbida e sorprendentemente equilibrata. Il finale Ť un lunghissimo amarognolo luppolato e erbaceo. Fantastica!
Taverner (1044) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque orange with notes of burnt sienna. Fluffy tan head that pillows and stays a while. Notes of grass, bread, toast and pine sap. Has a back-of-the- tongue bitter finish.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. WAAAAY overpriced at $14, but the hype sucked me in.
Pours dirty, muddy amber-brown with a small lasting white head. Looks sludgy and sedimenty, not attractive.
Aroma is pretty nice, with citrusy and piney hops as well as a little caramel. Iím getting more like 80-100 IBU here, not 1000.
Flavor is decent. Not as good as I expected, and hell, not as hoppy. Thatís because 1000 IBU is way over the amount thatís even possible in a beer, so the premise of this is sort of a joke. Citrusy, piney, and resinous hops, and a surprising amount of caramel malt poking through. Pretty bitter, but not outstandingly so.
Medium-full bodied and mildly palate-wrecking, although Iíve had other beers wreck my palate a lot more. Sort of a letdown.
Overall, what did you expect? Itís a silly gimmick, and Iím just not a huge fan of silly gimmick beers these days. It should probably score higher than this, but Iím judging this against what Mikkeller purported this beer to be: a 1000 IBU double IPA. Basically the hoppiest, craziest thing ever. Frankly, it fails at this. Itís hoppy, but Iíve had hoppier.
flemmingwillum (811) - Nysted, DENMARK - APR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #304, bottle from Fish ní Beer
Appearance is magnificent. Caramel-coloured, muddy beer with a dense head that lasts forever. Excellent aroma: It is undescribeable hopped with notes of spruce, apricot, lemon, multifruit water pipe tobacco; yeah, this is a fruit hell! Flavor is marked by honey, lemon, flowers, and everything between. Magnificent, but it is too hopped to deliver the ultimative and most balanced flavor. Finish is of course very bitter, and the bitterness is together with some mixed fruit tastes staying for quarters on the tongue. Medium body and soft beer. Very nice expierience!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at copper mine. Pours a deep amber body with a rocky off white head. Total hop domination, almost thick and chewy, i think i coined the phrase hop bar b/c its almost like your biting into this nectar, but much different then a big IS, its not the viscosity its more the density of the flavor. Huge grass y, green hop tones, resinous and thick. Underlying grapefruit, citrus, and herbal tones. No real warming to speak of just an overbearing hop tone. Still it was oddly enjoyable maybe more so b/c of the concept.
Pawola22 (3093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7oz bottle. Pours a very deep and cloudy, amber-red-orange colored body with a big, two-finger width, very creamy, rocky, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of thick lacing. Aroma is nice. Lots of hops and malts that make for a great balance. Sweet pines with plenty of fruit including grapefruit, sweet orange peel, pineapple, tangerines, and some peach. Rich, medium sweet caramels to go with some other tropical fruits for an all-around fresh smelling beer. Flavor is more the same. Lots of sweet pines with a little more emphasis on some freshly cut grass. Tons of citrus and some tropical fruits with more rich, chewy caramels that do their best to balance the hop assault. Higher level of bitterness with a resiny, dry finish. Sweet into the aftertaste while leaving a very long trail of pine needles, caramels, fruits, and grass. Medium, very soft and smooth body with a moderate level of extremely creamy carbonation. Overall, I really liked this one. Tons of sweet, fruity, and piney hops with enough of a malt backing to come off as "balanced." I love the body on this too. So soft and smooth. Definitely a hop headís beer right here.
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Huge grass and caramel nose. Big eggshell head that lingers for a spell. Not a huge rough bitterness at all. The flavor is pine, caramel, bread. lots and lots of malt and lots and lots of hops that manage to work very well together. I suspect the IBU come from massive late additions as the hops retain notes of grass, pine, citrus, earthy and they all pop with freshness. The mouthfeel is super creamy and velvety. Well made beer that is still a little muddy but very drinkable.
Phillies08Champs (550) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Caponeís that Matt suggest to my father-in-law. Pours cloudy amber with a big beige head. Very sweet aroma with toasted malt and caramel. Hop flavor is strong with with pine, grapefruits, tone of Simcoe?Finishes even.
Travlr (7975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Churchkey. Light hazy brown, medium white head, solid lacing. Aroma of morning dew on fresh meadow grass. And pine. Taste is bitter pine sap. And pine. Interesting.
sfhodense (4792) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - APR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy copper with a beige (whith a light green note) head. Flavour is light malt, heavy grass, pine and citrus hop. Flavour is sweet caramel, high bitter, heavy grass, pine and citrus hop. Extremely wellbalanced.