CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark golden bronze with a clingy-lacing froth of white head. Has a sweet light caramel malty nose with a healthy amount of grapefruity hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet lightly toasted malts with some hop resin and citrusy bitterness before a slightly warming bittersweet finish. The hop character is not as fresh and clean as a prefer, but this is still a decent double IPA.
burg326 (3086) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 ounce bottle pours an amber color with light aromas of citrus, pine, heavy malt aroma. Flavor same as aroma, all malt. Doesnt taste like a traditional DIPA.
brian60625 (723) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce pour at the Minhas Brewery. At a bare minimum, this stuff is drinkable. Itís best consumed before you see the place where itís brewed. It has a piney, hoppy sweetness and a bit of a bitter funk aftertaste. Itís admittedly easy to swallow, if not completely forgettable for such a high abv, but since when is blandness a bragging point? After you see the filthy cauldron basements where they make it, you wonít be thirsty to drink it any more.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Much better than the brown ale, this had a reasonably well balanced front, with some good backbone. The hops here arenít really the draw--it is nowhere the hop monster that you get in many top shelf DIPAs, but take it for what it is and this is a decent value as a $1.99 beer. It wouldnít be good value at $3.99, however, if thatís any indication of the quality here. Bottle.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep copper pour with a thin white head. Aroma is pine resin, a bit medicinal and malty. Almost something peaty? Odd. A little harsh. That strange medicinal bitterness carries through. Ok. Not great.
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2012
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
22 oz. bottle, only reason I bought this was due to the $1.99 sale at Trader Joeís and the possibility of trying a new IIPA (without checking the rating on here first). Pours a clear coppery orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite vile, like that of a cheap malt liquor - adjuncts, copper / metal, pretty much it. Flavour tastes like the remnants of a shit beer in a can, very metallic, cheap corn-like adjuncts and some sweetness. Whatever this is, certainly not a IIPA - drain pour - awful.
islay (860) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle. Labeled as "Imperial Jack Double IPA," no "Minhas" in sight. Remarkably malty aroma for the style features apricot, cookie, biscuit, sharp lemon/salt, and bubblegum scents. Pours a clear, moderately effervescent amber with a moderate to large amount of thick, taupe head. Produces long-lasting lacing. Looks good. Lemon sharpness in the flavor. Dry finish. The taste is much hoppier than the aroma suggests. That said, the beer gets a little too sweet upon multiple sips; it really deteriorates from a promising start. Fruity: Prune, raisin. Lively and soft in the palate. Medium body. Initially, I was ready to say that Imperial Jack exceeded my admittedly low expectations, but the taste just fell apart as I continued to drink it. Thatís the sign of a poorly made beer.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well, hereís a double IPA by Reinlander. $1.99 @ Trader Joeís. There itís under the name of Boatswain DIPA. Only tastes a little like a DIPA. It tastes more like a somewhat sweet hopped Malt Liquor.
Bartzilla (524) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another beer that tastes like blood. Thatís 2 in a row. I just had a glass of water and that didnít taste like blood, so I know my mouth isnít bleeding. Otherwise, nothing special here. It was $2.99 for a bomber at Fresh N Easy, so Iím not going to complain. In fact, at 8.5% for $2.99, this is something that the malt liquor street folk might wish to look into. Much tastier than the 8 Ball or St. Ides, with a bigger kick.
pinkzambia (1389) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: This is nothing like a quality 2 IPA. It is drinkable, but lacking much. Musty floral aroma with a tinny character to it. Grapey flavors with a weird bitterness to it. I wonít drink it again.