beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had been chasing this beer for a bit and once found, it was only so-so. Pours a dark orange. Aroma was only detected when I really stuck my nose in it. Strong pine notes with backing flavors of pepper and candied citrus.
portableparty (1961) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Bottle to snifter. Pours bright orange with a foamy tight white head that fades to a foamy collar and film. Aroma is bitter resinous piny hops with subtle caramel malt and pepper. Taste is very bitter piny/grapefruit like hops and pepper/spice with the malt somewhat balancing it all out and being slightly sweet and resinous on the finish. Palate is slick and sticky with a warming dry finish. Good beer for $6.99 a 22 oz.
AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bomber from Discount in Waukesha. Pours a very clear golden yellow with a bit of a foamy white head. Lacing in drops along the side of the glass. Aroma has huge floral hops (hello Amarillo!), citrus fruit and overwhelming resin with some toast (hello simcoe ...). Very hop-forward in the smell with no malt detection at all. Taste is of raw bitter citrus - like an entire hop cone - then resin and pine. Some sweetness in the piney/spruciness, but very, very bitter. No alcohol detected in the flavor at all, but some afterward. Finishes dry, bitter, long and bitter. And bitter. Very unbalanced to the hoppy side, and a fairly smooth drinker, but the overwhelming bitterness is a bit much.
drjay44 (2739) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, long lived, off white head, with some lacing, over a hazy, dark gold (SRM 6) body.......nose is pine, resin, citrus peel, light toffee/caramel......taste is light toffee/caramel, pine, grapefruit peel, light floral honey, finishing with a lingering, but not overwhelming bitterness, tinged with licorice.......mouth feel medium, light alcohol warmth, carbonation adds tingles on the tongue. This is a typical "American" I/DIPA. It is is hop dominated in both aroma and flavor, but is sufficiently complex to be well balanced. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
ACHops (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Über. Pours bright golden with medium lacey head. Aroma is big tart and fruity hops. Taste is huge hops: juicy, floral, and piney with a bitterness that lasts through the finish. Light biscuity body that offers no resistance to the hop parade here. Deceptive, the 9% sneaks up on you as this is so easy drinking. The hops are mastered here, the best-in-class DIPAs have a bit more going with their malts.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber for Binny’s Arlington Heights. Pours lightly hazed golden orange and white head. Aromas of bright citrus and tropical fruits with a bit of biscuity malts. Flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, nice malt base, and good amount of bitter hops. Nicely balanced and drinkable IPA.
emacgee (4147) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Milltown. Pours a soft straw yellow with one two fingers of sticky white head. Sickly hoppy nose, tons of resin and citrus rind with raw hop leaf and cone seeping through. Very dank and heady. Flavor is super intense, takes on that mothbally character some overhopped beers have for me. Tastes almost like a chemical on the finish. No me gusta.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Two finger head, mostly diminishing, off white, active carbonation, cloudy, dark golden color, good lacing, caramel floral aroma, nice bitter bite.
ryecatcher (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a pale orange gold, very slight haze. medium head, white with decent retention, nice lacing.Nose is hoppy, pine in the front, little bit of citrus and tropical fruit. Full mouthfeel, almost oily, but fades rather quickly and not as much hops bitterness as I expected. Enjoyable.
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great color, head and lacing. Huge aroma - should get a 10 but... the skunky, oniony aromas from Amarillo and Simcoe hops overwhelm the more desirable citrus, pine and floral notes from the Columbus and Centennial. This also comes through in the flavor. I would like to love this beer. It would get about a 4.7 without the nasty hops.