caesar (5464) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from NoiZe. Cloudy orange color, short head. Flowery aroma, hoppy. Not the bitterness I expected. Very soft. Nice balance though, but again very soft.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought this one back from the States. Amber, orange colored brew. Very hoppy, floral aroma. Sweet, smooth well balanced hoppiness and floral notes. Nice one.
IndianaRed (2672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange amber viscous pour. Small thin white head with a notice ablly modest carbonation. Modest sweet malty carmel and pine aroma. Lots of IBUs and a noticeable ABV bite. Decent hoppy flavor but not the fresh west coast bite of my favorites of the style. Full bodied and slick. Soft carbonation
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a copper caramel color with light sticky head and nice lacing. The nose is very hoppy with lots of citrus and grapefruit, subtle orange and pommello. The flavor is sweet and resinous with a light enough body that it’s still in the IPA mouthfeel but ample hops in the nose and sweet dry hopped notes in the flavor. Finishes plenty hoppy and has an overall clean and resinous tail. Nice!
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As good a looking as there has ever been. Roasty light sweet caramel malt backbone with hints of light toffee. Bready and grainy but with a very mild nuttiness as well. Hops are very floral with moderate citrus.and light pine. I would hesitate calling this a Double IPA, more like a 1.5X IPA. Still a fantastic drink
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this as a little back-to-back bomber taste test with my brother. while comparing it to Avery’s Maharaja. Ninkasi has a little bit of an advantage in the drinkability department, but overall this was a tad bit weak for a double IPA. The balance was very very nice...showing some complexity and subtle hop exposure, as well as a suitable malty backbone to showcase it all. But the flavour was a few degrees below the "Holy hell that’s good!" level. The finish was the most interesting part of it all; with a strange sort of false start, then waiting a few seconds and suddenly..whooosh--here’s that bitterness you were waiting for.
hayduke (3531) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle that I purchased from Market of Choice in Ashland, OR, this poured hazy with a color somewhere between amber and orange with foamy head the color and consistency of egg nog that slid off the glass and left almost no lacing. Nose of floral and citrus hops. Very smooth and slick mouthfeel. Favor is complex with pine, fruit, citrus, and flowers, well balanced well with the malts. Finish is mild and slightly bitter. Very easy to drink this one.
Bullit (4029) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden colour, white head. Aroma has flowery hops, is sweet and fruity. Flavour has bitter fruits hops. Finishes sweet and flowery, soft and smooth. This double IPA misses this bitter-hopp edge.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a pale amber color with medium lacing. Malty, hopy aroma. Probably the best balanced double IPA I’ve ever had. Not crazy hoppy on the back end. In fact it’s kind way maltier than I would’ve expected. I was preparing for gobs of hops. They’re there, but not as prevalent as I figured. However, the balance is amazing. Moderate hoppy finish that lingers for a bit. A nice beer, without a doubt.
BuckeyeBoy (2932) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle Pours out a nice amber gold topped with a off white cream head. Aroma of floral hops and lots of malt.Tast a ton of malt and light hops. A tasty brew. Not a lot of bitterness at the end.