ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-orange body with a tall, off-white head depositing scattershot lace blots on the descent.
Smell: Pale malts with some sweet-scented sugar-encrusted hints to it beneath the resinous hops scented of orange and a bit of lemon.
Taste: Sweetish, sugary elements from the cookie-hinting, pale maltiness. Flutter of apricot fruitiness, then a hearty dose of citrus followed by a bit of resinous pine. Moderate bitterness. Dry, bitter, citrus-accented finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s decent enough, but doesn’t really embody a truly magical, memorable experience. I mean, I did drink it, sure, but hold a bottle in front of me a year from now and I’ll probably say "who??"
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tasting on 8/20/11. orange pour with a slim white head. big orange / grapefruit hop nose with lemons. medium body with a big round bitterness with layers of orange and pineapple. semi-dry finish with a sticky bitterness and sweet malts. solid IIPA, heavy on the hop side with just enough malts.
cmc619 (409) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At new Mission brewhouse in downtown SD. Deep amber. Stays balanced mainly because it’s big on everything! Actually not too syrupy or overbitter, avoiding two of the common pitfalls of this style. Has the same strong earthy-dirt finish as the regular IPA. Dangerously drinkable.
FlacoAlto (3800) - 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 (8539) - 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 (7861) - 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 (16691) - 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.