cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unwrapped, uncaged, uncorked bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Very dark for an IPA. Brown-amber with a medium sized pillow of khakiness. Resin, spruce, nut, and dark fruit aromatics. The resin and spruce start to dominate after a short while. Oily bitter attack, heavy tea malt behind. Medium plus body, oily texture, soft carbonation, and an ultra bitter, ultra long finish. As expected, the hops grow as you go. Happy I was able to try this bad boy.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours malty red brown with thick off white head. Aroma is a surprisingly good blend of pine and citrus hops. Pretty balanced through the mid palate, but the bitterness comes on the finish. Good for a novelty.
msindall (12) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark form of an IPA, almost cant see my fingers on the bottom of the glass. REALLY HOPPY, but if you are trying to kill your taste buds this is a really great beer. I aged this for about three years before I opened this not sure if this made a difference. Really fruity smell of figs, flowers and gummi bears. Good bear!
rajendra82 (1023) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The green 12.7 bottle was corked, caged, and wrapped in paper. thus preventing any possibility of skunking in this hop monster. Of course the first thing that grabbed my attention was the 1000 IBU name and claim to fame. When poured first, the beer looked murky brown with haze due to small particles. As I poured in the final few ounces, out came chucks of yeast, that stayed in suspension. The head atop looked very creamy and craggy. While the look didn’t scream DIPA, the smell from the moment of uncorking, up to the first sip certainly did. The aroma was very spicy and piney. The first taste as bitter as they come, with my teeth feeling the hop acids eating into them. Very tongue tingling and somewhat minty in flavor as well. The malt was simple and unobtrusive. The finish was herbal and bitter. The beer felt a bit thinner than a typical DIPA to me, and lacked that certain stickiness I see in some of the best ones. I liked the idea, and there were no obvious flaws here, but I would have liked to see some more interesting malt bill.
77ships (6975) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
sampled bottle@Delirium Hoppy Loft: murky amber with a semi-lasting off-white head, smell is spectacular and much better than the beer itself, very fruity grapefruit hops & fresh peaches, could smell this forever, taste is pretty much what I expected this to be, bitter pine resin & bitter grapefruit hops, lots and lots of super concentrated bitter hops followed by sweet caramel malt, bit flowery, some bitter tangerine in general, as it warmed up it became simply very bitter pure concentrated hops (mostly pine resin), it seems a bit redundant to call this unbalanced, you get what you came for
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 29/10-2011) low white head, unclear orange color, hoppy aroma, very bitter taste.
MadIndian (2716) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus, caramel, pine and hops. Thats what this beer does big!
A nice punch of bitter hops with agreat blend of caramel malts. I love this stuff!
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a lot darker than I had expected. Copper brown color in the glass. Foamy off white head with the consistency of a homemade marshmallow. Superb lacing. I poured relatively slowly but still got a TON of large particles in my glass. It looks like a science experiment! Milder aroma than I expected. Sweet at first then hop aromas mixed with booze. It smells like a hop-infused simple syrup. The taste starts off with flowery hops followed by honey and then bitingly bitter pine hops that fills the back of your mouth. Medium-full body but the hop bitterness lingers a while. The nearly 10% ABV is well hidden. Good beer.
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draught @ The Olympic Tavern. I’ve been waiting a LONG time to try this one (thanks Zak!). Pours a cloudy amber with a thin head that leaves a beautiful lacing. Aromas of pine and grapefruit. Flavor is total hops with the perfect balance of malt sweetness....this is the ULTIMATE hop head nectar!!!It I’m really suprised at how well balanced this is-it just doesn’t get any better than this.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark copper, small tan head, lots of lace. nose of malt, alcohol, trace of hops. flavor begins with sweet malt on the front end, but a strong bitterness follows on the back end. medium bodied, bitter finish. i really like the bitter hit of this one. but there is not a lot more to it than that. still, i’d buy this one again.