Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy, slightly rusty amber colour with a nicely proportioned white head. Aroma has lots of aromatic hops, giving it a lot of pineapple, some mango and a little resinous pine/grass. All the hop-characteristics are carried along nicely by a strong caramel malt-base. Taste is very dry and resiny, with lots of burnt sugar, toasted malts, pine and grassy/earthy characteristics. The hops are massive, but they remain primarily aromatic. The bitterness is fairly managed and balanced nicely with the sugary and malty stuff. Low-medium carbonation, big body, long duration. Very nice and refreshing!
altonbrownd (3984) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bierkoning. Nice amber body with medium head. Nose is very, very hoppy with plenty of pine and citrus notes. Just delicious. Taste is really hoppy with tart tastes of grapefruit, citrus and lots of hops. Some malt flavours too. Warming. Just fantastic.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle. The body looks dense and very hazy, showing a dark, reddish, burnt-orange hue. A small, dense cap of yellowish-beige froth settles in to a thick edge with a thin, patchy center. Tall flares and splotches of lacing cling hard to the glass. Aromas are of burnt honey, singed toffee, and bread dough sweetness, with notes of candied oranges, sharper grapefruit, and some green grass. Yeast is very sweet and bread like, and alcohol is prominent. It’s definitely more of a malty IIPA, borderline barleywine really. Flavors are the mirror image, again very sweet and toffee-honey driven, with a very toasty edge, and a bold, bitter citrus hop profile. Grapefruit asserts itself as the dominant hop component, grass taking the backup role. Alcohol is again strong, too much so in fact, and it has a drying, parching effect on the palate. Speaking of which, the huge body is wrought with an annoying astringency. This beer is just not my style.
thornecb (4881) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light mahogany into a tulip. Off-white head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Alcohol, pine and resin aromas. Sweet caramel upfront turning resinous in the dry, lasting, slightly astringent grapefruit finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A bottle of concentrate fruity resinous hops juice. Vey good and surprisingly refreshing.
How: Bottle 11.2oz. Consumed relatively fresh about 1 month after purchase.
The look: Partly cloudy orange-amber body topped by a medium beige head with good retention.
In long: Strong hoppy nose dominated by Ruby Red grapefruits with other fruits in the back. Taste is a big thick hop juice concentrate. Rarely have I tasted a strong (near 10%) IPA that felt so much like hops juice. Again, Ruby Red grapefruits, white grapefruits, citrus fruits, clementines, orange peels. I’m suspecting a lot of Nelson Sauvin here. The hops signature is also quite resinous. The nice caramelized malts are there to provide a body but the beer is really about the fruity resinous hops juice. With its lack of apparent sweetness and extra-refreshing character this beer really stands out from most other high gravity IPAs. Why don’t breweries make more ultra-refreshing high gravity IPAs like this one? It Beats mE.
vyvvy (4739) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy amber / orange with a frothy off-white head. The aroma has lots of sweet grapefruit, pine, onion, funk and a good amount of sweet malt for a nice balance. Medium / full body that starts smooth then when the effervescent carbonation hits it seems very crisp. The flavor starts with syrupy toasted malt and the hop traits from the aroma for a good balance. The finish is more on the dry side with a good amount of pine, grapefruit zest and resiny earthiness. Very well done IIPA.
thebeertourist (5133) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kihoskh, CPH. Hazy amber. Rich citrus hop aroma with other fruit as well. Good hop bitterness, fresh hoppy, citrussy flavours, hints of bread. As good as they come. Highly drinkable as well.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330cl bottle from Healthy Spirits, SF. Enjoyed during the JCB family reunion in SF. Rock on! This was one pungent brew. Nice semi-cloudy pour, deep orange and alive with sediment, like some fresh culture harvested from a chemistry lab and turned into beery goodness. Earthy, jack! Nose was huge, with a quality that was initially almost overwhelmingly sweet, with floral, pineapple, and other related aromas. But the bitter elements came on with assurance, and this translated well into the flavors - unapologetically intense, but with a nice crispness that played nice with the sweet tropical elements. Good brew.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours out in a hazy dark amber colour with a small white head. Rich aroma of resin, plums and cookies. Full-bodied with notes of resin, cookies, canned apricots, red grapefruit and grass with hints of caramel and caramelized sugar. Long bittersweet finish of resin, grass, pine-needles, lemon-zest and burnt sugar.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liqours.
Aroma: A powerfully hoppy nose with lots of citrus followed by large doses of both pine and herbal hops. The nose has just a touch of sweetness, but I am guessing this is one bitter brew.
Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy dirty amber color with a large, mousse like off-white head. Fabulous lacing left behind and great head retention.
Taste: Actually fairly well balanced given all the hops. The taste follows the nose, moving through different hop stages on the tongue. First the citrus, then the pine, then the herbals. Despite my earlier opinion based on the nose, there is a decent malt prescience that provides a nice foil to all of the hops. Definitely a IIPA, but very well balanced.
Palate: Medium to rich in body with lower, soft carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Very drinkable.
Overall: This one really surprised me by being dead on for the style without being overbearing. Definitely worth trying and probably one of my favorite IIPAs minus the price.