commonshawn (516) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at happy gnome. 10oz. Dark orange with good head and lacing. Grapefruit and hop aroma. Heavy pine grapefruit and alcohol. Finished slightly syrupy and sugar and leaves hop alcohol. Lots of flavor but wanted a tiny more depth and better body.
574deadzone (1138) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark gold/amber with a decent sized off white head that settles to a thick ring and a film, leaving just a few touches of spotty lace. Nose involves pine, citrus, stone fruit, some caramel and honey, toasted malt, spice. It’s not a huge nose, but that’s fine with me. Pretty sweet, quite bitter though. Medium to full bodied, oily, pretty active, with a lengthy drying resinous hop bitter finish. Enjoyable, not legendary, but do they all have to be legendary? Well constructed, balanced, and even somewhat refreshing despite its size.
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and well balanced citrus hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, brown sugar, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of juicy citrus hops and a good amount of caramel/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity and balance of juicy citrus hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
RobertDale (3916) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes reddish gold with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, pine, malt, and caramel. Pretty decent, but nothing too special.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged almost 1 year (2013 vintage): This looks almost exactly like the Mad Hatter IPA, but it’s just a hair brighter. Burnt orange, with an obvious amount of caramelized malt content, it has a frothy, off-white head and modest, but healthy, carbonation. It has a pleasant, softly sweet aroma if caramel malts and some grassy, hay-like hops notes. Once in the mouth it’s all about bitterness, with a bitter stab in the tongue taking first shot, followed by a combination of alcohol and residual sugars. A bitter finish ends the beer with a heavy mouthfeel, making me wonder if maybe this would have been better fresh.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have (accidentally) aged this beer, even if for just shy of a year. I have no problems with bitterness, but this is just a smidge uncomfortable. Perhaps the aging threw off the balance, perhaps a fine one, which may have been what may have corrected this beer enough to give it so many thumbs up in the craft beer community. The grapefruit flavors aren’t obvious, and at this age the only thing that’s reminiscent, to me, of grapefruit is a little touch of waxy rind in the finish. Also, this isn’t a thin-bodied IPA at all. There’s a heft to this beer, a thick, caramel-laden body that makes it pretty chewy. Who knows what this could have tasted like under a different fermentation.
ColovianTrader (383) - - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of citrus peel, crisp apples and caramel. Grapefruit and toasted bread undertones. Hints of peppercorns. Alcohol well blended.
unclemike (2395) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clearish amber color with a big tan head. Citrusy aroma of oranges and grapefruit with notes of sweet malt. Citrusy hop flavor up front, giving way to a vodka astringency and bready malt before the bitter finish. Not bad
chucklemation (647) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle with a hazy copper color and a decently foamy white head. Has an okay pine aroma. Taste begins with a sweet citrus flavor before turning into a dry pine flavor towards the end. There is a light amount of hops for an imperial IPA, and even the flavor is lighter than I’d expect. This is a decent beer overall, but not a great imperial IPA. I prefer New Holland’s Mad Hatter to this.
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured cloudy copper color from 12 oz bottle. Aroma is caramel sweetness with little hop scent. Taste is like eating caramel candies, butterscotch mixed with pungent hops. Palate is medium and finish is dry. Overall a unique tasting iipa. I prefer citrus and more bitter tastes in a iipa but that being said a decent brew.
alliance100 (883) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours a deep amber with tan head . Soft citrus aromas . Taste is grapefruit with some malty sweetness . Good .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone