bhensonb (9828) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (500cc; C&C) from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Vinyl cork release with no pop. Pours a very hazy dark copper with an average foamy beige/tan head. Heavy duty hop aroma - almost overcome by maltiness. Suggests cat pee. And pine. One might get high by inhaling. Med+ body with creamy foamy carbonation. Flavor is pretty roasted caramel beaten to death by a large amount of hop. Grapefruit and pine? Hard to pin down - olfactory and taste bud overload. Damn this is really good stuff. Pretty smooth, except the malt seems a bit harsh :))) Gotta be one of the better DIPAs, and itís coming from across the pond!!! Thank you Shelton Bros.
Damico (2210) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell somehow balances malts and hops, maybe an edge on the hops. All right, more than an edge, but it is nice to smell malt notes in a brew with 1000 IBU. The color is golden amber with a small bubbly head. The flavor od hops both bitter and sweet come in, but still not overpowering on the palate. They seemed to combine it just right for a monster IPA.
phredrik (995) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 Dusty and unclear brown pour with a fine off-white head that makes some nice lacing.
The nose is really really hoppy - pine, citrus, much lime on top of a fine foundation og malty sweetness. Taste is at first rounded malt and yet the hops are apparent, but not on its peak. In the finish, the hops really kick in with piney notes along with citrus and lime - really fresh. Long bitter duration, medium to large body. Great carbonation. I have really been looking forward to this "double imperial ipa", and it did not disappoint me at all. A really great brew for the hophead.
SoylentBlack (122) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy cow Iím eating hops. Literally. Let this sucker sit for a few minutes to let them settle. Sip sip sip. Slow. Damn this is good. Very interesting hop aroma,,, a nice change of pace from cascade for an IPA. A great novelty ale.
lassem (650) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most impressive wrapping seen this year yet. The pour is thick redish with a fab foamy topping. The nose is much like sticking your head down in a huge sack of american hops...crazy. On top of that a neat malty profile balanced with a brown sugar sweetness...but it all comes back to the fresh and hoppy bitterness. The taste is sweet and malty with an overwhelming bitterness from the hops that dominates all the way to the finishing,....and a bit further. The palate is smooth and oily. Neat. Forza hops...and this in a damn fresh versie..yummie
jensgam (91) - , DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The aroma is quite intense, sweet and malty, with high citrus hops. The taste is malty sweet, dried fruit, high bitternes and a citrus, fruity hop taste. For a supposedly 1000 IBU beer, its kind of sweet, but I enjoyed it quite a lot.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy orange with a small off-white head. Bitter with residual sugarsí sweetness. Quite hoppy - surprise surprise. Aromas of spruce and hints of citric and earthy hops. Balanced by sweetness and a full body. Seems more like a barley wine than an IIPA? Soft carboantion. Long hoppy finish. Good.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber orange brownish pour with some tan head. Smells very chewy, pine and grassy hop aroma. Flavor is huge piney and grassy hops with some malty and alcohol presence. Hopped up too much? Very thick texture almost like I could chew on it.
cardofab (224) - 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 (1067) - 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.