rxeight (1843) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. 2014 vintage. Doesnít have a bottled on date, assuming kind of old, was on the clearance rack for $2.29. Slightly floral hops, can tell this is a past itís prime IPA, actually comes off slightly barleywineish. Definitely below average for a double IPA.
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance Ė The beer is served a hazy orange color with a two finger head of billowy foam atop the brew. As the brew sits the head fades rather slowly leaving a fantastic level of white foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a grapefruit and pine smell along with a little bit of a bready aroma. A moderate amount of a caramel smell as well as a little bit of a tropical fruit aroma are there as well, producing a malty and moderately hopped aroma overall.
Taste - The taste begins with a very smooth bready and doughy flavor along with a little bit of a grapefruit citrus hop and a moderate level of sweeter fruits of tangerine and pineapple as well as some caramel. As the taste advances the grapefruit increases a bit, but never gets too strong. Along with the grapefruit comes some pine hop flavors along with the sweeter fruit flavor that was present upfront fading some. Toward the end, the hops get moderately strong, but never all that powerful and with the doughty and bready flavors remaining rather strong and a light herbal flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a smooth and moderately hopped malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the big bready flavors the thick body is rather nice and it does help accentuate the hop a bit more, which is needed, as it is a bit too low for the Imperial IPA style.
Overall - Decent in flavor, but somewhat lacking in hops. A little too thick and malty with not enough hop to be classified as an imperial IPA. A nice drinker, but overall rather not really what I am looking for in an imperial IPA.
DialSquare (3341) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Daily Growler. Copper orange pour with light tan head. Aroma of dank pine, citrus. Tastes are citrus, pine, toast. Strange sour bitter. Covers alcohol well. 7.2
ChiGuy68 (443) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at New Holland Brewing. It poured a hazy amber with a small off white head and fairly solid lacing. Fruity hop aroma (grapefruit with a hint of peach) and a malty hop taste. This one is defiantly hitting the spot.
rocbyter (1942) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt aroma with a light amount of resin hop. Hazy orange color. Sweet beginning with a light bitter finish. Light palate.
commonshawn (633) - 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 (1192) - 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. Itís not a huge nose, but thatís 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 (3318) - 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 (4187) - 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 itís 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 itís 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 shouldnít 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 arenít obvious, and at this age the only thing thatís reminiscent, to me, of grapefruit is a little touch of waxy rind in the finish. Also, this isnít a thin-bodied IPA at all. Thereís 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.