arminjewell (5586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep red/brown with a fluffy white head, aroma is HUGE hops, chewy resiny, pine and citrus hops. Taste is well balanced, creamy and full of hops, a nice malt balance, and a crazy lasting bitterness. Not overwhelming, but goes forever. Great brew.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL paper-wrapped cork-and-caged bottle.
Pours a dark murky caramel brown with orange highlights and an enormous off-white head that settles in as a rocky one-inch cap, leaving sheets of lacing.
The aroma is obviously hoppy with some pithy citrus notes, grapefruit and pineapple, as well as some resionous pine. There is also a surprisingly sweet malt presence in the nose as well.
The taste is much, much heavier on the floral pine hops than the citrus. This has to be close to what drinking pine sap would be like. Itís intensely bitter up front and leaves a sticky hop bitterness in the finish. The sweet malts are still very present and I want to say it balances things, but probably not.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and just plain syrupy from the hops. Pithy, resionous sticky hop finish. After a few sips, the burn of the alcohol starts to build up.
Well, there are a ton of hops and a ton of malts in this one but I wouldnít exactly call it balanced. Itís just big all the way around. Itís pretty tasty, really sweet but really bitter at the same time, but is certainly not one of the more drinkable DIPAs Iíve had.
Pinball (10596) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml corked bottle.
cloudy brown, large smooth creamy offwhite head.
nice flowery hoppy aroma, pine, sweet malts. more balanced and less bitter than i had expected. still lots of hoppy bitterness in there too.
flavor is hoppy, and sweet malty, sweet caramelly. Ends very bitter in the aftertaste. A bit on the sweet side for a double ipa, but the ned is pretty bitter hoppy.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Translucent amber with a small, of white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine caramel malts, citrus, and spruce. Taste of pine, some citrus, grapefruit, and a super bitter, dry, hoppy finish.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a beautiful dark amber color with a pillowy white head. Had some floaters in it. Aroma was sweet molasses, pines, citrus and lemon. Flavor was sweeter. Grapefruit, citrus, brown sugar. A very well balanced beer. Not very bitter at all. Very good and drinkable.
jesperhammer (2606) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10-APR-3020, bottle @home, from "Fish & Beer".
Very interesting. I like hops. What will this be like?
It pours very dark almost brown with off white head.
Nose is hops. Very bitter, grape fruit, pine, flowers. Taste is the same. Very very bitter, longest lasting aftertaste ever. The taste lasts for minutes, and thus the brew holds for a long time. Very creamy. Very nice carbonation. This is not just an experiment in brewing the hoppiest beer ever, this is a fantastic beer in my opinion. Thanks again, Mikkeller.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!Pours a dirty brownish red with an off white/light brown head.Nose is earthy,piney,floral and citrus hops.I was scared to try this but it is actually super smooth and kick ass!Taste is a hops explosion with every hop element Iíve encountered with tons of malts to make it uber drinkable!This is a really cool beer.I am a tad bit disappointed it wasnít some crazy bitter nast beast...but Iím also glad it was so drinkable at the same time.
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. a murky reddish brown under a medium sized, creamy, beige head. citrus and caramel aroma. the flavor is actually very balanced as there are a boatload of malts in this thing. full bodied and creamy. a meal. the hops are citrusy and piney. notes of pineapple hard candy. leaves a long bitter finish on the tongue. i love it. "all others" on roids.
beernbourbon (1247) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is murky brown with some floaties and a medium tan head that reduces down to thin but thick froth. Aroma is loaded with pine and resinous hop aromas with a lightly sweet caramel malt component. Not surprisingly the hops dominate. Also a lightly fruity note in the background. Flavor is also loaded with resinous hop character, very little sweetness, and a faintly corn-like malty finish. Itís hoppy but a little messy.
drfabulous (3560) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish color. Malty and lots of caramel. Bitter and intense aroma. Grapefruit gone bitter. Even at 375 ml, worth sharing. Enough pine to clean your floor. Double IPA all the way. Like all things Mikkeller, the question is if it is worth the price tag or not. Packaging rules, baby.