StefanSD (2138) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Piccadilly. Pours a hazy amber copper color with a small off-white head that slowly recedes to a coarse film. The aroma was somewhat salty with sweat, thyme, floral and a hint of citrus. The taste was bitter fruits with pink grapefruit, melons, stone fruits, dough and bitter walnuts. The palate was full and a touch pasty with lively carbonation. The finish was medium in duration and dry. Overall: The description on the bottle describes not as a DIPA, but as a "Extreme" pale ale, and I find that fits here. This is an APA on steroids, and a good one.
Sourguy83 (40) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 22iz bottle at 2013 GABF. Wonderful citrus hop biscuit aroma. Wish I had a real glass not the one ounce pour. Mouthfeel is really rich malty treat, with a bitter hop crisp finish. So many different dimensions to thus brew. I did taste some noticeable heat, yet I thought it was a plus, with the other characteristics of this brew.
Ratman197 (9868) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of caramel, earthiness, woody hops and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, tobacco and earthiness with a smooth dry lingering tobacco finish.
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop clear albeit flecked dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, pine, some grapefruit, light spicy, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel, some cantaloupe, light alcohol. Sticky medium body.
la1965 (36) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange color, pure white head. Melon and herbal hop aroma. Initially bitter, very hoppy and malty. Slight heat from alcohol, that was quite enjoyable and helped the hop flavor out. Very crisp dry finish. Excellent!
DuffMan (6797) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from DocJitsu in the OTM BIF, thanks Dennis! Lovely deep reddish-orange pour. Very frgrant hoppy nose, interesting combo of florals and green notes with some sweet melon too. Very pungent hoppy palate, green notes of crushed nettles and pine, background notes of marijuana and ripe tropical fruits. Very fresh and complex. The finish is long and intensely bitter with a slight medicinal quality. An interesting hop profile that deviates from the standard "grapefruit and pine" profile found in many Cali and PNW IPA’s, in a positive way. Delicious.
dhunter151 (550) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a caramel copper color with a white head. This pale ale is a malty mess. Way too malty and unbalanced. I did not really enjoy this one.
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valleyann83 (15) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle from Sprouts. Orange thick foam, could smell the grassy hops as I poured. Remarkably clear, bubbles continued up from bottom of pint glass. Upon initial taste, extremely bitter...real bitter..I had a similar experience with a Lagunitas, I believe it was Lagunitas. It may be due to flower hops...but i have no idea if either uses flowers. So I set it aside to let it breath...what a paradigm shift in flavor. Big melon grassy hop flavor with a slight nutty malt backbone. Certainly an archetype for an Imperial IPA.
BucannonXC5 (857) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a caramel honey clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white frothy head. Very good amount of uneven foamy lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled a healthy mix of citrus hops and spicy malts. Got lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, buttery malts, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, rye hops, iced tea mix, earthy grass hops, alcohol heavy and even some nuts. Not really what I was expecting.
First taste reminded me of iced tea with tons of alcohol. Also caramel, toffee, rye hops, buttery malts, earthy, grassy hops, lemon, faint grapefruit, altogether bitter.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter, warming finish.
Just didn’t enjoy this beer. Nothing extraordinary about it except for the alcohol content. I won’t have it again after this one.
BeerFunGuy (653) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This copper beer is hoppy. hella hella bitter. Maybe I had a not too good bottle but way too bitter
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