Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to Jason for a four pack which I am sure will not last long. Consume this fresh and you get a world class beer. Once again the Careys have stepped up to the plate and blasted it into the cheap seats. Itís hard to tell how similar this is to the original Imperial IPA that came out a few years ago but it has the same loving touches that leave you wishing there was just one more bottle in the fridge.
Aroma / Appearance - Rosy and orange the body glowed like the sun as it sets on a cloudy afternoon surrounded by light pollution. The color of peaches is offset nicely by a stark white head. The nose is all fruit - peaches, melon, and mango for the most part. The hops cut cleanly through it all and despite the intensity this is not your typical West Coast hop bomb. Rather than going over the top the balance of hops and malts is nearly perfect.
Flavor / Palate - Honeydew melons soaked with orange floor polish and left to dry in the sun create a very relaxing feeling on the tongue. The dry bitterness actually manages to slowly sneak up rather than slapping you in the face from the word go. That doesnít mean this is a boring time half-hearted Midwestern take on the style. On the contrary it is every bit the peer of releases like Fat Headís Head Hunter. I look forward to enjoying my last few bottles in the coming weeks.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Ahhhh OMG! Ha I took one unbelievable sip of this... and thought I saw a little bit, an ounce or so, left in the bottle... so I poured the rest in only to realize I poured the rest of a bottle of Two Woman Lager in.... So I got one clean sip! Will fully rate once I get a untainted pour! Ha! But wow! This was very very good. Huge peach, citrus and grapefruit, very bright and orangy! clean resin, a biscuity light malt profile like hopslam, pliney, dreadnaught, etc. Great balance, super fresh and drinkable... 9%... no way... this could be one of my favorites!
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this really exceeded my expectations. Pours light orange with citrus notes. A very nice blast of bitter hops that drive into a nice long finish with just the right amount of baseline malt. the finish is very bitter and the abv is nowhere to be found.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. First, letís just say this beer is AWESOME. It poured to a pale straw colored body with a gorgeous white head with tons of sexy lacing. The aroma is juicy west coast hops. Flavor is also juicy west coast style. Mango and nectarine flavors. Not bitter at all in my opinion. The hops were pretty much used to add flavor and aroma. Delicious and juicy.
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Pours a clear, bright golden color with an inch-thick bone white head that dissipates into a thin film and ring. Aroma of floral and grassy hops, pale and sweet malts, lemongrass, herbs, straw, and apples. Flavor of herbal and floral hops, caramel malts, citrus peel, tea, and apples. Not much alcohol is apparent for the 10% ABV. Light-medium bodied, with a bitter, resinous mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Really nice, well-balanced, DIPA.
douglas88 (5828) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Ed. Pours a clear golden hue with a medium white head and some lacing. The aroma is floral almost perfume-like hops, some honey and biscuit. The flavor is quite nice; light fruity and tropical hops, bitterness around the edges, sweet dry malts. A nice very drinkable brew.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Drew. Thanks! The first rebranded "Thumbprint" release. Pours a glowing golden straw hue, lighter life with some touches of orange glow. A moderate frothy offwhite head stays as a small film, soapy decent lacing sticks around. Aromas are a bigger grapefruit influence, florals, grass, oranges, and lemons. Touches of fuzzy peach, some resinous pine, an underlying malty doughy bread base, some touches of sweeter toffee, but lighter, pale malts. Initial is medium bodied, a moderate bitterness up front, grapefruit and lemons moving into an interesting fruity vibe. Grass, florals, touches of more lemons, grapefruit, lingering into resinous pine and earthy hops. The bitterness grows in a wave, sticking moderate. The maltiness starts to come through, pale malts, bread dough, crackers, some touches of biscuits. However, it doesnít get all that sweet. Dry bitter finish, citrus and florals, some lingering bread dough and pale malts. Iím ok with the hop profile, but it doesnít get that complex, instead really pushing lemons on me especially into the finish. The finish leaves some sort of medicinal lemon cough drop feel on the palate, lemon cookies, or maybe some ABV heat. Itís an ok DIPA, and the hop interaction wins some points from me. The malt base is weird though, and finish doesnít leave a great vibe lingering on. Meh. Itís ok, but in this style.. Iím gonna pass on this everytime for something else.
bhiner41 (180) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The smell is overpowering grapfruit, almost to the point of just peeling the fruit. Appearence is bright gold with a small white head that settles to a white ring around the top. Malty front note with a smooth settle into hop aftertaste. Very balamced and smooth double IPA.
obguthr (3653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Buttersí Slutfest: A retired beer! Cool, thanks dkachur! Lilly and daffodil nose, intense. Hazy amber, thin head. Flowery and grassy which doesnít work as well on the palate as it does on the nose. Decent.
BeerandBlues2 (9446) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by dkachur at Slutfest 2.0. Pours clear gold with a large, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (meal, straw), heavy hops (citrus, pine, floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol, peach, and apricot. Flavor is average malt (meal, straw), heavy hops (citrus, pine, floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol, peach, and apricot. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry and biting finish.