ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a Napa Smith pint glass at the Napa Smith Brewery. From notes, July 29, 2012. Thanks Karl!
A: Extremely hop forward with lots of citrus and grapefruit and hints of lime. A little bit of oak on the nose too.
A: Pours a clear, light brown/amber with a quarter finger head that leaves decent lacing.
T: You would think at 144 IBU’s this would just be a straight hop bomb, but its very well balanced. Starts with pungent, sweaty hop flavors up front, followed by caramel and sweet, bready malt in the middle that fades to clove and musty citrus in the finish.
P: Creamy and medium bodied with good carbonation.
O: Definitely improves as it warms and the complexities from the barrel aging become more apparent. My one complaint is it is a little sweet and syrupy but it doesn’t become cloying. One of Napa Smith’s better beers.
J_man (914) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Safeway in San Jose, CA. Grassy, catty, earthy hop aromas flow out of this when poured. Medium orange/amber color with a foamy light tan head. Those hops follow right into the taste along with some pine and grapefruit notes. That mix of hop flavors and bitterness is excellent, but what really becomes noticeable is the sturdy caramel malt body and flavor that balances out this massive attack. It’s almost like a British IPA that’s been hopped like an American DIPA. The bitterness somehow isn’t tongue numbing like some DIPAs, but it does linger around everywhere else. There’s a nice alcohol warmth and bite mid-sip that may be rinsing off what could be sticky bitterness and it provides yet another nice balance point. Finishes earthy and bitter with a light floral touch. Definitely a hopheads beer and a delicious DIPA.
Seffle (455) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Ölrepubliken.
Very clody dark amber. Rather weak head.
Very nice hopiness with citrus, pomerans, and everything. Good good.
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VinegarStroke (381) - Napa, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear with very light haze. Amber with red, copper or rusty hue. pours with a good head that dissipates quickly. Hop dominated aromas. Resin, and pine dominate. Tropical and slightly floral. Malt aromas are dominated but present. Almost a volatile or film yeast lift. Off dry. Not sour. Far beyond acceptable bitterness. No balance. Dense long palate but completely unbalanced. Tropical flavors.
Totally crazy West Coast Imperial IPA. Yes you have incredibly high IBU’s but it’s unpleasant. Equally as bitter as your mother in law.
No balance or style.
CacheManyHose (565) - HONG KONG - NOV 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice warm orange-amber with lots of lacing. Smells very very hoppy, resinous, some grassiness. Taste is deeply bitter, piney, small amount of floral - wish it had more going on than just sucker-punch hoppiness as it tastes somewhat unbalanced. Sort of like a less malty, less floral Rogue Oregasmic with the hop dialed up to eleven.
kassner (1524) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, slightly hazy golden amber color with a very nice fragrance, though quite hoppy it has some distinctive malt notes early on. Finishes slightly sweet but not too much.
Cool_Bond (2263) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2013
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Very hop aroma. The taste is too much hops that make it dry. Decent long finish. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy deep orange amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, cardboard, citrusy and floral notes. Flavor of caramel, nuts, some leathery notes. Also getting the citrusy hop notes. Barleywine like.
glennmastrange (2621) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of roasted and caramel, pine and citrus rind for the hops, light soap for the yeast with a hint of dried fig. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with some spots of lacing and is mostly lasting,. Color is hazy medium amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily, with a lively carbonation. Not as DIPA-ish as I like, but unique flavors and aromas keep it in the quality beer grouping.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. Hazy amber. Tall creamy off-white head. Bold hoppy aroma with herbal and grapefruity notes. Pine cones. Hints of oak. Very intense flavours. Very bitter, but there’s quite a bit of residual sugars to balance. Peppermint. Peaches. Dandelions. Overall a very complex and tasty double IPA.