VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark orange color with a small, sticky head. One of the nicest looking colors Iíve seen on a beer. The rest, alas, is not up to that level. Scents of orange, soapy water, mild spices. Taste is immediately sweet, overpoweringly sweet, which is common for such a high ABV. Aftertaste is bitter, sweet, gassy. Interesting beer, and a monster at nearly 14% ABV, but the sweetness is difficult for me to get around. Citrus is more present as it warms.
AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally dark gold 1 finger off white head. Smell is super sweet with crystal malt and pine cone. Big mouthfeel, sweet throughout, piney but not overly bitty. Boozy finish
AirForceHops (4188) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to mcox90. Light amber color that is lightly hazy. Aroma is fresh floral hops with a large sweetness that reminds me of sweet baked bread. Nice aroma.
Flavor is a balance of sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a fresh floral and pine hops. Big candied peach and orange flavor. This is a 13% brew? Really? Alcohol is not found anywhere here, Iím shocked how smooth it is. Easy to drink. The hop bite and bitterness isnít what you expect for a double IPA but the balance is about as good as you could hope to brew.
johnnnniee (2733) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared today, thanks whoever brought this for the opportunity!
Medium golden color lots of earthy pine and citrus with a bit of sweet caramel and sugary malt. Decent DIPA
puboflyons (2422) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the growler. Thanks mcox! Copper-orange pour with modest white head. Aroma is not as hopped up as I expected but the perfume floral notes were there along with the toasted biscuit. Medium body with some acidity. The hops come forward more in the taste than in the nose. Not bad at all.
argo0 (11974) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rocky large off-white head atop cloudy apple juice body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some pine, lemon, light alcohol astringency, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, pine, light alcohol. Somewhat soft medium-full body, some resin, alcohol presence fairly tame given the ABV.
fishonmyplane (500) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A ridiculously strong brew which hides its ABV pretty well. But, it takes a lot of malt to produce that ABV... the result is that this is not really a pure imperial IPA. It has a caramel sweetness that brings it into American strong ale territory. Itís hoppy and bitter, but well-balanced by the alcohol & malty sweetness. Earthy, spruce hops and chewy malts with flavors of bread and caramel. A little rosemary and nutmeg. They are crazy for not putting the ABV on the label.
jbruner (2855) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in a trade thanks to Phatdog1! Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with fluffy off-white head that leaves good lacing. Atoms is strong caramel malt and booze up front, slight piney bitterness behind. Taste is more balanced, nice malty notes balanced by a bitter hoppy bite and a hint of boozy burn on the way down. This was probably awesome when it was fresh, but this was bottled last November, a little booze heavy and the hops have died off.
Pith (159) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly opaque light yellow-gold with white head, high carbonation. Aroma- grass hops and slight orange citrus, mildly sweet. Taste-
Start- sweet orange, high carbonation
Middle- bitter grass with a bit of earthy dirt
End- sweet earthy and a bit malty caramel
Finish- bitter but not inhibiting taste.
Good balance of the malt background with the high hops that lend a smooth bitterness. The ABV is surprising as itís virtually undetectable until you feel the effects at the end of the pint.
williamstome (1232) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold pour. Not much aroma, but very strong hoppy aroma, with a lot of alcohol in the flavor. Sharp, strong mouthfeel.