burg326 (4931) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle that poured a golden cloudy orange, with aromas of citrus, pine, and earthy hops. Flavor was a nice mix of traditional IPA flavors, but had a touch of sweet malt and caramel mixed in and went well with the grapefruit flavor aftertaste that made me want more.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a cloudy, golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bigger floral citruses with a light earthy and herbal hopping. A slight pine resin and tropical fruitiness as well. The malts are fairly sweet with a good amount of caramel and bread with some distinct crystal while balancing nicely. Flavor is similar. Big florals and crystal malts up front before all the grapefruits and citruses come in with a nice caramel and bready malt backing. Hops get earthy, slightly piney, herbal peppery, and somewhat resiny towards the end while drying this with a higher bitterness yet it has lots of citruses and a nice crystal, caramel malt sweetness to balance. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate, soft carbonation. Overall, a really nice DIPA. Lots of citrusy hops and a firm bitterness with plenty of florals, sugar covered grapefruit candies, earth, herbal pepper, and resiny pines balanced with a solid crystal, caramel, slightly bready sweetness. Great beer.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a deep orange color with a fluffy one finger head. Nice lacing throughout the glass on this one. When I first took a smell of this brew I was impressed by the fruitiness it gave off. Citrus and grapefruit with perhaps some other tropical fruits stuck in there. Slight sweet biscuit malt aroma but the hops here take over.
The taste pretty much the same as the aroma. Fruity hops first arrive on the tongue but piney hops soon kick in. Then the flavor then melds into a sweet caramel and biscuit taste. But the fruity hops leave a very dry hopped taste and feel on your tongue. You can tell itís dry hopped to hell. Alcohol shows up a tad but never gets in the way. I wouldnít call this a very balanced IPA but thatís ok since I love West Coast IPAs. I feel they tried their best to accomplish that but might of fallen just a little short.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Beer ends bitter and a tad bit dry.
Cybercat (4273) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy, typically woody with a strong evergreen overtone, screaming "Great IPA!" Pours an appetizing clear copper with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, fluffy off-white head. Strongly hoppy flavor has a woody core and a strong evergreen note with herbal and citrus hints and a fair amount of bitterness. Lively, fizzy texture makes it dance on your tongue; you feel it going down the pipes! This is a must for any IPA lover.
decaturstevo (5582) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange pour with tan head and lace. Resiny hops, bready biscuits, and caramel malt. Sweet caramel malt, bready, with a nice resiny bitter. Medium/full bodied with good carbonation.
CanIHave4Beers (3676) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Durhambeer gave me this one for Chanukah, thatís right Bob... this one was for Chanukah.
The beer pours an orange color with a big white head and good lace.
The aroma is spicy hops and lots of citrus, there is a fair bit of caramel in there as well.
The flavor is surprisingly malty with some biscuit-y character and a fair dose of caramel, but itís got hops too... donítí worry. Lots of spicy and piney hop flavor is abound with this one and the bitterness level in on the high end in a most enjoyable way.
This is certainly pushing the boundaries of how much crystal malt I can handle in an IPA but pulls off being delicious never the less.
agl108 (939) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Jack of the Wood, Asheville. Poured clear amber with splotches of lace.. Taste of rye and resinous pine. Finished dry and bitter.
jrob21 (3048) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An incredibly hop profile. Bottle from the bestway. Loved it so much I made a second trip and got the last bottle. Aroma, bitterness, and everything involved with the profile is top notch. Bubblegum amarillo dominates. Dark orange color. Citrus bitterness on teh front of the palate. Metallic and grassy on the back. One of the best doubles I have had in al ong time. Perfect balance.
peteinSD (1435) - 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