pfriesen (104) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intensely hoppy aroma, slightly cloudy, good lacing. Flavour is sweet peach, finish is only moderately bitter
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared. Pours a clear copper with a white head of foam. Tropical fruits and grass. Fruity and sweet and mildly bitter. Delicious.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. The glass is left coated with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing.
Sweet citrus hop aroma with plenty of earthy notes and a subtle malt presence. Thereís some grassy pine needle and dank hop oils but the tropical/citrus fruits are most prominent in the nose. Lots of mango, grapefruit and citrus rind along with subtle biscuit.
Medium bodied with a complex, flavorful hop profile that is nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Bitter and sweet notes play off of each other with hints of dry and bitter pine needle/grass countered by notes of grapefruit and orange. The dry bitterness lasts throughout, even when the sweeter notes come into play and linger into a nice dry finish that leaves me thirsty for me. The malt backbone adds sweetness with notes of caramel, toffee and biscuit without getting in the way of the hops. Really well balanced and very flavorful with an excellently masked ABV making it dangerously drinkable. Iím impressed and ISO more!
Gription79 (2130) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can thanks to Cletus!
Aroma: pine/citrus hops
Appearance: golden, white head
Taste: hints of caramel, pine hops, fruity hops, bready malts
Palate: fairly light, sticky resin from hops
Overall: What an amazing beer! I loved the can and what it held.
1more4dessert (324) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very cloudy and golden with small white head and decent lacing, good citrus, floral and pine in nose. Malt does not get in the way but there is enough to make the beer bidimensional (hay/cereal). Body is medium. The 4 pack at 8.4 abv per would go down rather easily. Can only says 3 types of hop without specification. I think cascade and simcoe are two of them.
teorn88 (1911) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can at Bruceís, thanks to the host himself. It pours a deep golden colour with a big white head. Deep fruity aroma with persimmon and peaches. Intensely hoppy. Taste is well balanced with dry bitter finish. Slight alcohol kik in the finish. Super hoppy and fruity. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very flavourful DIPA.
msnelling09 (114) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours a pale orange color with notes of amber. The beer forms a big, beautiful head of creamy white bubbles that last at about a fingerís width above the glass. In body, the beer is clean of particles, but very hazy and nearly opaque. On the nose, this beer is big and beautiful. Pine needles, pinecones and sweet mango juice mingle with dank and spicy weed, grapefruit rind, and soft alcohol notes. From the can, the nose is just about the same with just a touch more roundness coming from the citric scents and less of the alcohol burning the nostrils. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely and properly bitter with resinous pine sap sticking to the tongue. Sweet hops, alcohol, and light bread malt mingle with citric acidity to make up the side show. The finish is dry with only slight sticky sweetness lingering. On the tongue, the beer is medium bodied, with fluffy carbonation that gives velvet softness to the mouthfeel. The mouth is left sticky with resin and bitter tingling, the palate is wrecked. From the can, the beer feels slightly crisper. In flavor, the beer tastes of resinous pine, sweet mango, light pineapple, grapefruit, and apricot. Distinct fresh hop flavors bubble on the tongue and feel sticky and very resinous. The taste has a strong backbone of medicinal bitters. Mmm. A bit sickly sweet, but not too much so. The cloying alcohol seems most present in the finish which also features dry cracker malts at the very base of my senses and strong piney hops. Overall, this is a damn good double IPA. It would be excellent on a late summer afternoon. Great bitters, great hop character, and a great effect on the tongue. The alcohol is just a tad too much, but other than that I like this beer a lot.
pinkie (398) - New York, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured a unique melon color orange with a thick head of soft white cottony foam that fell in rings and patches and finally left a thin layer on top. This had large white floaties in it and some sediment that detracted from the appearance. In a certain light it appears to have a muddied color brown in it but against the natural outdoor light it is pastel orange with light hues. This one is murky.
Nose is sensational with a wild tropical fruit character. Melon, mango, candied citrus peel and orange. Pine and dank grasses. Herbal hops and a powerful floral that was not perfumey or heavy. Hardly any malt on the nose until it warms and then some light caramel sugar.
Taste is a ride for the palate that you wonít soon forget. It starts with more bread than you ever thought was in there. Itís light and sweet. Then there is an all over mineral softness to the body of the beer that presents the fruits as a whole and liek a juicy succulent punch. Grapefruit, candied fruit peel and orange with some tropical notes in the background. A nice spice comes to the middle and a sharp bitter. This finishes dry and with a little bit of herbal and spice in the aftertaste. Itís a famous bitter in this one. And the dank herbs fill the nose as you draw the glass down.
What a delightful beer. It drinks fluidly with a body that is so light . I could have four more of these. Non stop taste.
bellco33 (146) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from can into pint glass: Pours hazy golden-orange with one-finger head. The color is very unique. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of a floral note. Taste is malty, but well balanced with the wave after wave of hops. Finish is a bit bitter, but overall has a very nice mouthfeel. Great beer!
TonyBeerdain (4) - - FEB 12, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out of a can into a snifter.
Bubblegum, pineapple, dank fresh and citrusy hops.
Dark gold, tinges of orange and amber. Opaque. Thin creamy white head quickly dissipates; lacing lasts on the side of the glass. Low to moderate carbonation.
Hop bitterness and flavors lead the way. As is not uncommon in highly-hopped beers, it is difficult to detect a distinguishable malt flavor, although itís no doubt there due to a quick venture into sweet flavors before once again being pelted with hop flavors and bitterness, which returns at the end and leaves a lasting impression in the jowls. Despite this being a double IPA, the flavors feel well-placed (not overly hoppy while still having a great hop presence, if that makes any sense.)
Mostly medium-bodied, although the hop bitterness makes it feel a bit more full. Smoothly slips over the tongue.
Itís a great double IPA. Hits its marks on aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Very drinkable, and the 8.8% is hidden well up front. If I was a douche bag (Iíd like to think Iím not), Iíd dock it for being opaque. Itíd be nice for the head to stay around a bit and to have a bit more carbonation to continue surfacing the nice array of hop aromas throughout the glass.