mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy orange pour. Big rocky head with tons of lacing. Massive crown. Looks quite nice in the glass. Since it was mentioned to me, all I can smell is onion. Sweet candy malt mixing with hop resin and stone fruit. Does have that sharp onion character, accentuated by te bitterness, but is more than just that. Peach, orange, apricot, strawberry, grapefruit, watermelon. Has some of that same soapy character I like in Dales Pale. It gives the beer real texture and dimension. Bitterness is serious, but really grows out of the finish. Up front is nothing but sweetness and hop flavor. Pretty stern malt backbone, but with even bigger hops on top of it. Not a west coast IPA, really it’s own thing. Really good, though.
bigguns22 (789) - Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dales on roids. Aroma is dry, sweet, hoppy and floral ! Buttery and thick on the palate . A must try beer for all hop lovers. Pour is cloudy and amber in color with a medium fingering head. Flavor is bould ,floral and dry.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Premier. Super clear light amber body, white head. Nose is big dank, minty, juicy hops. Pine and overripe mango. Flavor is that overripe fruit, dank & mint with a solid malt/caramel backbone. Some nice mingling of sweetness & bitterness for a minute but then bitterness becomes a bit too dominant for me. Nice lingering pineyness.
russ78mta (8) - Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber color with a med bone head. Citrus hop aroma of grapefruit and apricot. Verry hoppy with better balance. Crisp finish with little aftertaste
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much better than the regular PA and alot less sticky than some of their other heavy hopped beers, this was enjoyable and complex. Would love to find it in a can as well.
vtafro (6665) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Amber pour with tan head. Slight malt sweetness and grassy, pine and herbal hop tones. Spiciness hits on the finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Served in a SAVOR glass.
Pours a golden-amber color with a good, fluffy white head and some lacing on the way down. The nose carries a really nice burst of pine, citrus, and tropical hops mixed with a touch of caramel malt in the background. The flavor unfortunately falls back quite a bit from there with some semi-harsh bitterness, a touch of alcohol, and too much malt interfering with the hops.
Body is medium with good carbonation and a fairly-heavy bitterness, which is slightly offset by some alcohol.
The nose was really nice, but the rest of the beer was "just" pretty good.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of a six IPA tasting session. <br \>
Canned on 3/20/12. 4 pack. <br \>
Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. <br \> <br \>
A: Pours a clear amber/red with a one finger white head. <br \>
S: Dank [Columbus] hops fill up the glass and the surrounding area, leaving little room for much else. <br \>
T: Grapefruit and piney hops begin the assault, followed by sweet caramel and a lingering bitterness. <br \>
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated. <br \>
O: This is definitely targeted at hopheads, but the lingering bitterness is complimented well by the malt backbone that didn’t show itself in the aroma, making it somewhat drinkable.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can:   Pale copper, fiery, clear, moderate to thin frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Super strong piney and pithy nose.   No question this is an IPA.   Wished it were a bit more citrusy and sweet, but it will do.   Smooth hoppiness up front, pithy, citrus zest, but without too much sweetness.   This is not a malt sided IPA, but instead a moderately sweet hoppy and clean example of the style.   Very clean, very piney and resiny without much flaw.   I only wished it were a touch sweeter.   Malt base is decent, hops are there, certainly bitter, but without being astringent.   Has all the hop flavor to represent the style very well, but without any astrigent bitterness.   Deviant it may be, but delicious it certainly is.
pkbites (864) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I am of the "Oskar Blues can do no wrong" camp. In fact, I FUCKING INSIST I coined that phrase. But.....! (sigh) This smells delish, lots of pine and floral aroma. The nose punches the olfactory like nothing you’ve ever had before.
The pour is a lovely orange w/beige cream head. But the hops are waaaaaay too over powering. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows I like hoppy, bitter brew. But the bitter hops in this kills EVERYTHING thing else. The malt, barley, yeast. All non-detectable because of all the bitter hops. The high alcohol content is also not detected because of it. The bitter hops are nice, but without anything else they are not enough. 2.7 out of five is a gift, Oskar!