craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber purchased at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh. pours a deep orange with a nice 1+ finger white head. Nov 2012 expiration date. I’m not picking up on the dry hopping aromas. caramel/crystal malts circulate with citrus aromas. med to full body with a well balanced load of malts and hops. citrus bitterness flows through with a bright sticky assertive finish. somewhat sweet but also drying. nice beer.
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. They’re not kidding with the name. Dark golden pour with a moderate white head. Extremely hoppy flavor that tastes clean. Biting finish that is not for the uninitiated.
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 karat gold pour with a small white head. Aroma is loaded with grapefruit peel, resin, grassy notes. Very resinous flavor, quite bitter but the malt offers enough balance. This is a great brew and seems under the radar. Nice!
scooter520 (185) - - MAY 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle exp. date 8/2012. Appearance: nice clear orange/amber color with finger off white head quickly dissipating. Aroma: pine, mango, grapefruit, strong sugary sweet aroma, really nice and slightly "different". Taste: POW! Bitter hops from start to finish...touch of floral and grapefruit notes right at the beginning and then just a tongue scraper; no indication of malt that I can pull out. Mouthfeel: light to medium body with medium carbonation which I can’t fully distinguish between the carbonation and bitter "stabbing" on the tongue. Overall: I really wanted to love this beer because I grew up in Hickory, NC way before these guys were around (and before I was old enough to drink!). In my relatively new quest/obsession with craft beer, this one really helps me understand the importance of balance between malt and hops. No balance here whatsoever. I really do enjoy the bitterness a lot, but actually would like a touch more balance on the malts. Great learning experience!
jcos (1704) - Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on May 18th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a dark orange cloud.
Aroma: Aroma is pf citrus.
Taste: Medium bitterness, grapefruit.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste..
Summary: Solid IPA, enjoyable.
bmerz (740) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brought back from NC. Jeez this is a bitter IIPA. There’s no balance between IBU and the caramel and earthy grain bill peeping through. The aroma is sweet cool grapefruit and some piney funk. That part is very nice. The flavor is primarily grapefruit some resin and pine (sol). It’s too imbalanced to be really enjoyable but is a well made beer for sure. The body is dry slick and kinda dead. Great looking sugary legs that would fool you into thinking this might be balanced.
thornecb (4823) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into a tulip. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Deep resin aromas. Well balanced with sweet deep caramel upfront turning to pine before the lasting grapefruit finish.
574deadzone (1211) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden copper with a big fluffy, rocky off white head. Nose is very spicy hops with some citrus and a lot of pine and floral goodness, but mostly just very spicy, pungent hops. Pretty awesome. Taste is so so bitter, and hardly sweet though it’s in there. Palate is not too light with an extremely lengthy finish. A big, bold, awesome IPA with just boatloads of hop character. Really amazing stuff that I hope I will be able to try again sometime. Thanks to Alex from Hops & Vines who created this beauty. A must have for any hophead.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was extremely impressed by this beer...The nose is amazing! Grapefruit and citrus all over the place, could be used as an air freshener. The palate opens with nice bitterness, a ton of citrus, and some pine. Body is medium-light and very refreshing with a crisp, clean finish.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 5/13/11. 22oz bottle picked up at Peabody’s in Boone. Best by September ’11 marked on the label. Poured into an Allagash chalice. Pours a dark honey-gold with a thick off-white cap. Decent retention. The nose is fresh with tones of pine, grapefruit, mango, but it just doesn’t last long. Smells nice, just not really bold. Good full creamy mouth. Carbonation level backs it up nicely. Not too heavy, as I downed the bomber happily, but just "big" enough. Good fresh hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is non-existent, which is no surprise since this is only 7.0%. Juicy citrus fruits, caramel, light toffee-like sweetness, mild finish. This beer wasn’t a smack in the face, and it surely wouldn’t cause ’death,’ but it was tasty nonetheless