decaturstevo (4075) - 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 (2495) - Des Moines, 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 (658) - 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 (2010) - 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 (957) - 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 (10887) - 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 (325) - 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 (5413) - 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 (2396) - 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.