NachlamSie (2918) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Hamiltonís. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. After having so many west coast hop bombs this week I feel like Iím getting desensitized to them. Monkey Paw has provided me with another. The aroma is potent with tons of hops, more pine leaning with pineapple notes. Mouthfeel is not too heavy, just full bodied enough to convey the double IPA message. Plenty of hoppiness is present in the flavor as well with lots of pine, citrus and a long zesty finish.
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz can pours clear amber gold with off white head of foam leaving behind spotty lacing. The aroma offers up an odd mix of spicy to resiny sap like hop notes, biscuit malts and slivers of citrus hard candy. The taste seems to be at odds with itself as malt sweetness, biscuit malts and a bit of roasted malts are trying to blend into resiny bitter hops, spicy hops and some cherry flavored hard candy. It just isnít coming together all that well. With all the amazing hoppy brews about town this one is a disappointment.
Damico (2802) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy amber with a nice white head. The aroma brings sweet grassy hops, a bit perfumey bit nice. The flavor of delicious sweet hops with some light perfuminess on the tongue as it settles. Very pleasant overall!
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Craft Brewers Conference 2012
Dark gold in color clear with a thin head. Big hops aroma pin and citrus with thick malt flavors. This was a tasty Double IPA.
Sarlacc83 (1221) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz can courtesy of HH84. Thanks! Dark orange with a 1" head that lasts the duration. Nose of biscuit and pineapple, primarily. Pretty basic hops on top of a malty sugary base. Tastes almost like a barleywine. Mango/pineapple, with quite a bit of peppers as this warms. Taking away some points for the alcohol burn.. Palate is dry and well balanced. Not a palate-scraping DIPA. Iíd like to try this again if Monkey Paw can dial in the recipe a bit and give it some depth. Right now, thereís a lot of room for improvement, though.
bhensonb (12150) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from Bine and Vine. Pours copper with a slight white head. Aromas of brown sugar, resin and citrus. Full bodied with significant carbonation. First impression is brown sugar, then resin and citrus. It finishes pretty darn bitter, always with that lurking roasted malt background. Damn tasty ale. Enough hop to preserve flesh.
JorisPPattyn (8335) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught Small off-white head over pale amber beer with a cold haze. Rather subdued mandarine nose, not really outspoken, but nice. Maltier than expected, good malts present, but the citrussy, mandarine hopflavour arrives later with a vengeance. Slick, medium bodied, dry and tart MF, especially in the finish. Not really impressive, but at least very decent.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$11.99/4pack, 16oz can from Olive Tree Market in OB. No date, but I think they canned this a week or so ago. Clear medium dark orange with a one finger light beige head, pretty decent retention. Aroma has some caramel and light diacetyl with some Cascade/sweaty citrus notes following, light toasty malts behind. It does get a little grassy at room temp. Flavor has some pine and citrus hops--not very much at all, and not juicy or bright, really--and then way too much bitterness. I guess you could say the pine dominates, but nothing besides bitterness dominates. Moderate sweetness tries to temper the bitterness without much luck. Dry finish, earthy bitterness peaks at a 7-8 with some alcohol--tastes all of its 8.7%. Sticky full body with low carbonation. Still not digging Monkey Paw at this point. Dunno what to do with the other 3 beers, as 1/2 a can was plenty.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Urge in Poway as part of a Monkey Paw night. 9 brews on tap from them. Crystal clear orange-amber pour with lots of dense eggshell head that becomes a blanket of lace. Nose is sweet fruity hop goodness. Bit of mid-high citrus. Taste is high sharp hop bite up front to long lingering bitterness. Creamy hints in the middle are quickly overwhelmed. Nice.