FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
The beer arrives with a half-finger thick, quite pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark copper / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, full copper hue when held up to the light. The nose has a pungent, clean, bright tropical fruitiness to it that reminds me of lychee, juicy fruit gum, perfectly ripe tangelo zest and very floral apricot as well as just a bright sort of tropical fruitiness (kumquat perhaps). After my nose gets used to the dominant hop character I am able to notice a supporting malt character that contributes subtle aromas of whole grain crackers and perhaps a hint of biscuit. Also a touch of pine and more herbal hop notes are noticeable just underneath the fruit hop notes.
This has a touch of fullness to the body as well as a malt character that also provides a supporting role for the dominant hop flavors; overall though it is quite drinkable like anything called an IPA should be. Again a huge tropical fruit character is found here in the flavor with lots of lychee and ripe kumquat zest coming through in the first sip. There is a firm, slightly herbaceous bitterness that lingers in the finish. The bitterness is actually noticeable from the beginning and adds a bit of a bite throughout, there is also a light herbaceous astringency to the hop character (it isn’t nearly so prevelant as the smooth hop fruitiness) that also contributes some sharpness and bit to help counterbalance the ϋber-fruit quality that defines this beer. The fruitiness can almost have a Christmas like spiciness to it at times (likely more orange zest than anything, but I can’t help but think of cinnamon for some reason).
This is a nice Double IPA, it is quite clean (meaning it doesn’t really have a rough, dank herbal quality to it), which, for me can be quite enjoyable and even ideal, depending on what I am in the mood for.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden Amber with a tall creamy froth. Aromas of sweet caramel and pine resin. Full nectar with creamy residual effers. A fat malty sweet backbone dominates the spiny hop shards. This brew is rich and warming yet a bit simple and to the point.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Reddish amber pour supporting a relatively short dirty white head. Some lacing. Spicy, piney aroma. Initial flavor is quite dry with an abrasive hop character. A little grapefruit but nearly what you’d expect from a West Coast hop bomb. Caramel, milk chocolate and toasted malt round out the flavors. Crisp texture. Unbalanced, dry finish. I had high expectations for this brew but it really fell short.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Clear golden appearance, decent head formation. Pineapple and grapefruit hop aroma, sweet crystal sugar malts. Sweet candy like sugar malts at the front end turns to a spicy grapefruit citrus, with some sweet pineapple juice balance. Big on the hops and big on the alcohol but surprisingly well balanced too.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by Butters at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops and sweet caramel notes. The taste is very bitter hops with citrus and resin notes and a malty finish. Medium bodied.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Craft Ale. Pours clear early season hay color with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is hot, resiny hoppy, spirity. Tastes hoppy, fruity, resiny, hot, perhaps a bit malt light. Comes off a bit like Hog Heaven, with a spirity hoppy profile. Brazen and big, indeed, and truly a beer that matches the Pirate skull label.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy piney grapefruit aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy piney grapefruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy hoppy grapefruit finish.
burg326 (2714) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bomber, poured a dark amber with aromas of citruss and caramel. Flavors of grapfruit bitterness, and othe citrus notes with a little caramel flavor in middle. Overall decent double ipa.
alexanderj (3194) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap; color was a rich-amber color with not much head. Aroma of fruit, citrus, earth, and a bit of flowers. Flavor of earth and fruit dominate; alcohol strong presence. Good stuff.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @TampaPourhouse 22oz bottle Thanks Ibrew2or3-pours an off white head that laces and hazy amber color. Aroma is resin/pine/orange-citrus (cascade/simcoe), secondary medium malt-some caramel. Taste is sweet resin/pine/herbal/orange-citrus, secondary medium malt-some caramel. Good effervescence.