peteinSD (1419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you Sam! Pours a hazy, dark orange with a thin, off-white head that quickly fades out to a foam slick. Aroma is hop bitterness, some sweet malt, faded floral hops and remnants of what where probably some very nice tropical notes. The bottle reads best by February 2012 but I did sit on this for a bit too long. The hop bitterness in the taste is a bit stronger than anticipated from the aroma but itís not overdone and there is a bit of balancing malt (slightly sweet but mostly dry underneath). Pretty clean mouthfeel. I like this beer and suspect I would have liked it even more if I would not have waited so long to open it. Good stuff.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: August 29, 2010
Source: Olde HickoryTap House
Appearance: clear gold, fine off white head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal and pine aroma, lots of citrus
Flavor: sweet citrus flavor, pine and crystal sweetness, perfect level of bitterness to showcase the hops while balancing the sweetness, nice peppery spicyness, long bitter finish
Date: October 27, 2011
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet candy grapefruit aroma, fruity orange, sweet crystal hops, lots of citrus
Body: creamy body
Flavor: big hop flavor, backing crystal sweetness, lots of citrus, bitter grapefruit rind, long bitter finish
Overall: olde hickory rocks
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange with a nice thick white head that quickly fades. Smells of grapefruit, pine, orange, caramel, mango and grass. Taste pine, grapefruit, honey, orange, lemon, mango and grass. This is nice fresh IPA! Rather thick on the palate with a nice long pine and grapefruit finish.
cmc619 (489) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bomber in to English pint glass. Spongy 1" white head on bronze liquid. Thick lacing. Aroma: predominantly pine, but some toasted marshmallow enters the mix, unexpectedly. Massively bitter, and I love it. This thing sings with alpha hops. Virtually no alcohol flavor. Dry, but maybe thatís just because the bitterness is so profound. One of the most bitter beers Iíve ever had.
riversideAK (5730) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of fruity hops apricot peach a good deal of dank and some citrus. Pale malt base with a hint of residual sugar. Pours hazy golden, nice head and lace. Flavors of dank initially soft fruit underneath apricot orange peach. Soft sugary sweetness, pale malt, floral dank finish. Lingering danky bitterness. Solid stuff.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours surprisingly hazy, sort of peach colored. Thin white head dies down and ends up a bit wispy. Nose of apricots, peaches, citrus, lemon zest, mild resin, and Juicy Fruit gum. Taste is similar but with a bitter kick at the end. Slick palate. Nice.
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The smell coming off this thing is like I just dove my face into some mower clippings. Reasonable mouthfeel and head. As far as tightness of the taste, it is more on the loose/amature side. Some of the flavors are a little disjointed. I am glad to see they used a good amount of hop variety in there, but I just really didnít taste it. A nice, IPA.
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of rich hop oils, a hint of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Flavor of caramel malt with a bitter, resiny finish. Slightly odd tasting but definitely hop forward. Slight alcohol presence. Good stuff though there is something off about it.
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
These guys are all over the place now with their beers. Being able to find them locally is pretty cool because I used to drink their stuff when I was in college. Orange colored pour with a thick white head on it. Smell is mostly hops, a touch of alcohol, and plenty of grass and grapefruit. Taste is smooth and very interesting, sweet with a nice hop kick. Not really an "imperial" IPA - but a damn good easy to drink beer, thats for sure.
kassner (1397) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh. Nice head, light copper color, very slightly hazy, withplenty of aromatic hops and enough malts to balance.