j12601 (7859) - 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 Max’s 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 (2967) - 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 (5526) - 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 (7510) - 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 (3638) - 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, it’s one of the better values out there.
DuffMan (7996) - 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.
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden-bronze. Herbal-minty aroma with some syrupiness. Minty and herbal with light citrus and tropical fruit. Some malt stickiness but more balanced than the nose hints. Nice brew - could use some brightness.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bright copper with thick beige head. Looks and smells heavy and syrupy. Not the most inviting nose, as it smells like beer concentrate or concentrated papaya mango guava juice. Thick palate does leave a good coating of hop esters on the tongue...ends up finishing and being a lot cleaner than it smells. Still with the sugary fruit juice but the oily estery hop juice prevails in the end. It becomes more syrupy as it warms but is still a well-done 2IPA.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to brewolf for this!
The pour produces a mostly clear medium gold body that easily throws up a tall, 3-dimensional white head that coats the side of the glass as it reluctantly sinks into the brew below.
Big juicy malts aromas try to come from beneath the pine and citrus hops that dominate.
The flavor is well balanced between the hop bitterness and the malt sweetness, maybe a touch to the bitter side but not by much. Some nice dryness comes across the tongue as it finishes.
I’ll have another!