Capa (1905) - Manama, - JAN 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper/amber with a small white head. Heavy hop aroma, malty, vinegar, and caramel. Flavor is rather bitter. Herbal hops, light citrus, and caramel malts. Full bodied. I donít like the vinegar in the aroma, but it tastes fine and is a decent IIPA.
Earlier Rating: 12/20/2007 Total Score: 3.3
Tap at Thrash Zone. Dry hopped at the brewery with centennial hops. Strong hop presence in the aroma, molasses, some herbal, and burnt sugars. Strong hops in the flavor as well, sweet malty molasses, bitter hops, herbal notes finish it up. Fairly thick body. Though this is a good brew I found the combination of the flavors a little annoying at the end of the pint. Still, Iíd order it again.
AndySnow (1199) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Watering Hole, Tokyo. Orange colour with a white head full of bubble holes. Aroma of caramel, citrus. Flavour is flowery, citrus, bitter.
maekchu (1090) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2013 On tap at Craft Beer Live in Namba 2012. Medium-strength hop kick in the nose. Very thick, cloudy, with a 3/4-inch head. Deep, dark flavors with a long bitter finish. Rather thick and sticky. Not the beer it once was, but it is certainly better has it has been, or "good for lately," in the words of a fellow drinker.
Update 01/13/2013 Draught at Beer Belly. The latest version, a dry-hopped real ale, is on spot. Great citrusy aroma. Hazy reddish amber. Big grapefruit initial; mid palate is juicy and chewy with big malt; final has a hoppy footprint and then ends very well balanced. Medium-heavy body. Great, tasty stuff, the best this one has been in a few years. 8/3/9/3/17 = 4.0
shoulderbroken (1144) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home from Tokyu Food Show. Dark amber/light brown colour, bit cloudy, small bubbly golden head. Aroma is bit sweet, lots of malt, maybe almost toffee, and some sugar, but with plenty of grassy hops in there too. Taste is initally bitter but rounds off into sweet maltiness which then fades with a touch of citrus. Really not what I was expecting, and very welcome. Feels quite well rounded and smooth in the mouth, and the alcohol is well hidden. Really like it.
minihame2 (83) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown, really nice looking. Smells like beer (hops). Nice full and foamy body. Very soft taste. Easily approachable for a double ipa.
reebtogi (3262) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle pours a dirty amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles quite quickly to a thin ring on the glass. Aroma is dusty earth with some citrus and mild cereal grains. Taste is earthy and citrusy hop bitterness with a light grainy malt sweetness followed up with a little burn from the alcohol. Medium body with modest carbonation. A decent DIPA, but certainly not up there with the best.
Ferris (491) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - A fruity flowery aroma, with a muddy amber hue. Malty tones with a strong yeasty after-taste. A bitterness is the only thing that would make me call this an IPA.
EdKing (1302) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap in Century Break, Fujisawa. Colour is deep red copper with medium white head. Nose is very strong caramel, toffee and some lactic notes. Taste is deep caramel, burnt brown sugar, bit of graininess. This is all malt character, very little hop action for a double IPA. Very sugary and malty with an alcoholic kick.
laiti (3925) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Beer Belly, Osaka. Rated on 12.09.2011
Aroma of raspberries and vanilla. Almost no hops at all, hints of fruits. Some raspberries and much overaged strawberries in the flavour. Also some hops. One weird, sweetish berry-dipa, feels a bit like Amager Rated XxX, but a bit lighter.
Stew41 (1572) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hard to believe this is 9%; carries the abv so well. Lots to like here with thick resin hops and a whack of treacle-like sweetness. Not to say this is dumb and sugar heavy (which it is not), rather it just shows a lot of primary fruity power. IPA typical finish with minerals and dry bitterness.
manuchampions (1217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Locals Liquor in Banff. Pours a dark, murky brown with ample off white head. Aroma is certainly bitter with west coast hops but thereís also a slightly off note that is hard to describe. Taste is powerfully hoppy, slightly piney, very viscous mouthfeel. Malt seems very underplayed. Thereís certainly an off taste in there too...a tad boozy and raw. Finish remains hot and hoppy with a slight cereal malt note, but itís totally dominated by the less than subtle bitterness. Not bad but far from great.