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 I’ve ever encountered in my whole life. Monstrous yet somehow sophisticated attack of pine, citrus, tangerine and mint/menthol (?) – 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 I’ve tried I wouldn’t 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 it’s 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 aren’t even close. Thanks again Stephen!!
hayduke (4947) - 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 (5858) - Boston, 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 I’ve 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.
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Thick. Hazy. Malty. Very, very hoppy. Cascade comes through heavily. Tomahawk adds a deep bitterness. Slightly alcoholic tasting (only "slightly" considering its alcohol content). Better cold. Palate is big enough to carry the hops all the way through.
omhper (23713) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Bottled. Hazy amber. Massive grapefruit aroma. Sweet and thick, really full bodied. Sufficient malt to carry the massive hoppiness. Easy going for it’s size, yet very aromatic and flavourful. A juicy hop monster with some level of balance, but also rather one dimensional.
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright amber colour. Fresh, herbal-fruity hop aroma. Big, chewy flavours. Lots of crystal malt and resiny hop. By the numbers IIPA can hardly evoke a comment from me.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Two different tastings of it while out in San Diego in early December. Buttery golden hazy pour. Big ctirusy grapefruity orange hop aroma with sweet caramel malt nose. Again, loads of grapefruity citrusy orange hops with sweet caramel malts for flavor, and a touch of candied medium fruit notes. So well balanced - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Cloudy deep amber-orange beer with a thick sticky off-white head. Gorgeous hoppy aroma. Juicy grapefruit and tangerine citrus over some sweet toffee malts, toast and bread. A bit tropical as well. Also some leafy/grassy and slightly resiny aroma. Resinousness doesn’t overwhelm the sweet fruitiness, but rather serves as a bit of an accent. Flavour is also fantastic, sweet pineapple/mango tropical fruit, some orange and grapefruit as well. Sticky mouthfeel, very grassy hoppiness balanced by a kiss of medium crystal malt, light sweet caramel. Bitterness is less that I would have thought based on the aroma, but as you get through the glass, it becomes more and more intense. Loads and loads of hop flavour. I’ve been craving hops for quite awhile and this bottle definitely hits the spot. As the beer warms up a bit even more complex hoppiness comes out, big piny notes mingling with all the grassy and fruity elements I mentioned before. Spectacular.