daleharshman (909) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at the BevMo in Escondido ($8.99). Pours a dark amber / burnt orange hue with one finger of white foam. AROMA of grapefruit, sweet citrus, pine, sticky honey, caramel malts, but not much tropical fruit. FLAVOR of big grapefruit, creamy mango, some sticky caramel, but with the big 10.8% booze quite noticeable. The significant maltiness leaves it surprisingly sweet. The big ABV is hidden in the nose, but makes itself present in the mouth and extends into the finish. I purchased this almost four months ago when I believe it was freshly bottled. The hops are mellowing (not much tropical fruit left) and with the high ABV, it is taking on some barley wine characteristics. It’s still an acceptable IIIPA, but I might like to try this on draft or a fresher bottle as I would hope to find more of the tropical fruity notes from the Nelson hops. (21, 909)
RedSox2004 (1252) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange amber with a slight haze, off-white head and nice lacing. Sharp hop aromas up front with citrus, pine and grass in a pretty busy olfactory assault. Taste is similar, as a hodgepodge of hop flavors create a storm of bitterness that just barely allows a caramel sweetness through. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a bitter finish.
adamah (214) - - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice tropical and citrus aromas. Deep golden color with light carbonation, light head retention. The taste brings big bold bitterness followed by nice rounded sweet maltiness and a touch of alcohol; citrus, grass, resin, and lingering pine. Medium to full body and a sticky mouthfeel. Overall a great big bold IPA with a ton of alcohol and enough bitterness to knock your socks off, if you enjoy a punch to your taste buds like I do, this is great.
Blairgus (2610) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
13 June 2014, bottle. Light gold, clear, no bubbles. Nose is pine and slightly sweet. Med body and mildly fizzy. Piney and sweet. Bitter throughout. Decent.
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bigda83 (215) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade. Pours amber with small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, fruity, and alcohol. Taste is bitter with grapefruit coming out. Also had a bit of sweetness to it with the caramel and alcohol was noted. I’d say the body was medium to full and the bitterness was lingering. Not my favorite, but decent.
mcberko (6474) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is big and malty, with loads of citrus hops, maybe even more caramel malts to back and a bit of residual sugars. Flavour makes it seem like more a barley wine / imperial IPA hybrid, bringing out loads of caramel malts, a big resinous hop profile, and some residual sugars, but actually less than you might think given my description. Finishes both hoppy, slightly sweet and quite boozy. The more this warms and the more your palate grows accustomed to the flavours, the more hoppy than malty it seems. If you look at this as a super hoppy barley wine, this is actually quite good. It’s just that I wanted a IIIPA and I got this. Regardless of style, this is very good.
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice slightly hazy amber coloured body with a hint of an orange and bronze glow and a thick, three centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of pungent piney and resinous hops, some alcohol, bunches of fruity sugars and a strong metallic and earthy bite. Full-bodied; Syrupy sweetness with a huge punch of alcohol, malt, apricot and peaches, hop bitterness, but really thick and not especially easy to drink. Aftertaste almost hits like a barley wine with a deep sweetness, syrupy thickness and a strong finish - almost all hops, alcohol and syrup. Overall, a strong Imperial IPA with almost too much body and sweetness. With such a big beer, this one really shouldn’t be in such a big bottle - twelve ounces at most! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 07-June-2013 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 28-July-2013.
Sammy (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity big DIPA. Hop forward, and with taste. Getting tropical fruit, grapefruit. Perhaps fresh would even be better.
Thanks to StefanSD for hooking me up.
Dr_Fellini (415) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma is quite hot, with strong caramel malts and fleshy fruit and resiny hops. Taste is quite bitter with a light caramel malt sweetness and a nice alcohol burn. Medium palate with a lingering bitter finish. Tasty beer, but not an outstanding imperial IPA.
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber pours with a fairly clear copper body that exhibits a slight haziness and supports a thin off white head. The aroma offers up modest levels of resiny pine hops and sweet citrus hard candy as well as faint malts and earthy hoppiness. The taste is pretty smooth for the style and leans toward an American style barleywine. I get malt sweetness and firm pine hop flavor mixing with malt sweetened citrus hops. There are lots of hops but mostly flavor hops or malt sweet and smoothed bitter hops. This is pretty clean and non cloying for what this is and the big ABV is well hidden. Nice sipper.