Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Max and Andys fantasy tasting- brought by max 2x in one week to my place! What?!! Pours a hazy dull copper with a medium lasting white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, pine, but not quite super fresh- a bit dull at this point (both bottles about the same) some crackery malts, dough toast, and a mild grassiness kicking in. Flavor is similar- some ok hops upfront but you can tell they are turning a bit green and vegetal, still some grapefruit but turning a touch to a rindy grapefruit and some minty earthy pine as well. Finish is ok- a bit tacky harsh betas and cohumulone, but still pretty nice. Ok just a few months past prime perhaps.
popery (1598) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tricerahops pours a bright amber, transparent, with a white head. The aroma is dominated by hops, though rather weak, and there are some pine/citrus notes in there, somewhere, but, unfortunately, itís more a body odor/gym socks hoppiness. The flavor also definitely lacks for hops (Iím aware of the limitations of IBU counts and donít put much stock in them, but Iím surprised at Ninkasiís claim that this clocked in 100+). It isnít nearly bitter enough. However, Iíll give it some credit for not being sweet, either. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, and the finish is bland with those same mediocre, body odor hop flavors.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on tap at the 10th Bistro Double IPA Festival on 2/6/2010. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and floral, caramel and orange. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrus and grapefruit. Lots of orange and orange peel flavors. Nice carbonation. Medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Andy and Maxís fantasy tasting. Pours a hazy orange brown amber with a thin white head. Big spicy citrus, light pine. Very smooth and nice. Medium bodied, spicy, nice hop presence. Big bitterness on the finish, hints of quinine and grapefruit. Tasty.
BOLTZ7555 (2938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Although this is a double IPA, it seems more balanced than its less aggressive counterpart. This is definitely a "double": twice the hops, twice the malt, twice the complexity. Full flavored and highly drinkable. What one would want from the style. Good representation.
Strykzone (5376) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Hayduke! This beer pours an amber gold color. It has a small off white head that quickly fades and leaves a sticky lacing. Nose is sweet with some nice fruit. Spices are the first thing I taste with dry tart grapefruit right behind. Softer fruit are undertones. This is an understated IIPA that has nice flavor but is not over the top. Alcohol is hidden but is noticed by the end of the 22 oz. bottle.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with light summer fruit and sweet malt. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. Sweet malt lingers with grapefruit and light summer fruit.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a small off-white head that gradually recedes to a fine film. The aroma is relatively light with pine, citrus and sawdust. The flavor is overtly biter with piney hops, grapefruit, biscuit, and caramel malts.The palate is full and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is long and biter-sweet. Overall: A very fine IPA, quite enjoyable.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from BevMo in Sunnyvale.
Pours clear copper with a one-finger white head that leaves a ring as long as the beer lasts.
Aroma is a very nice west coast style hop character. Orange peel, pine, and weed as well as sweet malt.
Flavor is great and very hop-forward and rough. Feels like there are whole leaf hops in there with the beer. Orange peel and grapefruit rind, the wacky tobacky, and some resins.
Very nice palate, with hop oils nearly stripping your enamel off. Medium bodied for a DIPA; not syrupy.
Overall this is a very nice DIPA in the west coast style. Drinkable. For about $4 a bomber, itís one of the better values out there.
DuffMan (7618) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with parksy. Pours a lovely red-orange topped by an orange tinted cap that generates heavy lace. Initial aroma is fresh grapefruit and toffee candy. As it warms, more vegetal/herbal tones come forward. Heavy, sticky palate with sweet toffee malts and lots of juicy tropical fruit hop character. A tad heavy, but the flavours are nice.