SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, from BevMo in Walnut Creek. Pours rich reddish copper color with a large off white head that leaves thick lace. Bold hoppy aroma with pine, lush grapefruit and lemon peel, caramel malts are barley discernable in the background of the hop assault. Flavors features a rich malt sweetness, but again itís the hops that dominate - more pine, grapefruit, spruce and spice. Thick full body, gently tingly carbonation. A hop monster in the truest sense of the word.
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 (Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of Storm. Pours a hazy, amber golden with a small, off-white head. Extremely floral hop aroma. Loads of caramel, loads of fruit and a marked aromatic hop bitterness. 150306
joergen (20853) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles.
Flavour of malts hops and pine needles with notes of caramel.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a small white head. Pine, grapefruit aroma and a sweet malty, dry hop, grapefruit taste. Medium to full body with a long light sweet dry hop finish. Nice!!!
thornecb (4416) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into a shaker. Medium sized head with good retention and lacing. Grapefruit and pine aromas. Upfront grapefruit with a bitter, lasting finish. Slick and fizzy. Not very balanced.
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle courtesy of DarkElf, A huge kiitos Stephen!!!!) Brothers and sisters, I have just found the best DIPA so far! This beer has easily the most delicious aroma of any liquid Iíve ever encountered in my whole life. Monstrous yet somehow sophisticated attack of pine, citrus, tangerine and mint/menthol (?) Ė kind of herbs in the background is just insane! Hops dominate the flavor from the beginning to the end as well and although the malt backbone is not as strong as in some other best DIPAs Iíve tried I wouldnít call this beer unbalanced at all. On the contrary, I would call it perfectly and wisely executed manifestation of hops. And, although the hop bitterness reaches its climax in the finish itís not harsh at all. Texture of the beer is surprisingly oily with calm carbonation and the body is lighter than I expected. For those of you who crave for hoppy beers this is truly a winner. For me only Yulesmith can challenge this beer - Dreadnaught, Ruination or Frank arenít even close. Thanks again Stephen!!
hayduke (3380) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 22 oz bottle. Poured a hazy copper orange, with a moderate light tan head. Wonderful nose...hops at first,. but then your get the scent of pine,. citrus, and tropical fruit. Really great mouthfeel. Flavor balanced malts and hops remarkably well. While high in alcohol, it hides this well. For an DIPA fan this is heaven. I love this almost as much as the Moylander Double IPA,
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 2005 bomber shared with OldGrowth on 2/25/06. The appearance is lovely, and all. Copper-bronze, amber and lightly wavy, with a foamy off-white head, light lacing and low to moderate filtration. The aroma knocks you down with floral-piney hops. Big, bold and in your face, with a light caramel, arbitrary maltiness. Sure, it smells hoppy, but come on, anyone can hop the hell out of a beer. This dosent seem to be exactly precise and well-thought-out. Just tons of pine and citrus. The flavor is hops. Hop bitterness to the max with biting citrus and pine, heavy acidity building on the palate right from the start and plenty of light caramel and just a touch of munich grains. Alcohol is well-hidden and the beer is well-made with well-extracted malt and all but it just burns. Intense hop acid and bitterness, overwhelming the flavor by far. If you love hops and nothing else, this is your beer. For the lack of balance, the bottle conditioned carbonation is engaging and light. Lightly creamy texture. As it warms, some light fruits and sugars emerge. A touch of buttercream is evident.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful hazy, very cloudy orange with a huge foamy rim that fades into a small ring of foam. Hops explode out of the bottle! A truly amazing nose, the eruption of resiny hop oils is truly a thing to behold. Flavor profile is ample and matches the nose, perfectly balanced. Just much lighter in body than I expected. The finish is amazing, the hop bite sits on the palate for a good thirty seconds. Wonderful!!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Bottles courtesy of the Hood_River_Bandit and Pailhead. Hazy copper with huge off-white head. Best lacing Iíve seen in a long time, completely coats the glass. Huge head re-forms after tiny swirl. Huge piney hop resin aroma with plenty of caramel in the background. Flavor has a nice sweet malt kick up front, before the hop bitters completely take over. Huge pine resin and grapefruit. Well balanced. Overall a very nice IIPA.