hombrepalo (1911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz tall boy at fountainheads, can pours an amber orange color with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, pine resin. Real hoppy. Sticky mouthfell with a long bitter finish, drinks like a double IPA, not a pale ale.
Vir4030 (552) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2012 Pours a dark ruby amber from a 16 oz can. Thick white head. Nice in a 16 oz half acre mug! Sweet aroma of hops. Flavor is very strong. Hops and bitterness. I?m going to have to try one ice cold. This seems too strong to enjoy. I’m not really enjoying it.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank straight from the can.
A: Pouring a little bit into a glass, it features a clear golden copper color with a one finger offwhite head with underwhelming retention and lacing. Kind of hard to judge this way, so I’ll give it benefit of the doubt.
S: Strong pine resins and grapefruit peel abound - but it’s also got a decent caramel malt backbone to it with a hint of brown sugar. Nicely expressive, if somewhat standard issue.
T: Hops make their presence known immediately on the palate, with an oily texture and floral, piny flavor. Right after the hop attack, caramel malts increase in presence while the hop profile goes from floral to tropical, while the finishing aftertaste features a return of the piny hops. Quite bitter, especially on the finish, but also fairly sweet in the midtaste, not unlike a Lagunitas IPA. If there’s any flaw with the beer, it’s that the hop/malt balance clashes rather than melds together - the initial flavor progressions on the opening are silky smooth, but become sharp and disjointed into the midtaste and finish. Ergo, the balance and drinkability suffers slightly. Not for those who seek balanced DIPAs with depths of complex subtleties, but hella enjoyable for those who like their tongue to be coated with resin *ahem*.
M: Initially creamy and slightly heavy, with building hop oils leaving behind a resiny, piny aftertaste and strong dryness. Palate cleansing/killing with decent carbonation.
O: It’s just another solidly impressive DIPA in a vast field of solidly impressive DIPAs. That’s not a slight at all; DIPAs are quickly becoming my favorite style, and I’d have no trouble coming back to this bad ass mutha again.
HighlanderOne (1046) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 16oz. can. Big hop aroma - floral, grapefruit, pine in that order. Solid amber, tan head. Very nice mix of hops in flavor and the malt complements the hops excellently. Mellows nicely as it warms to a great finish. I expected this to be outstanding and I was not disappointed.
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served as a DIPA would be, showing a hazed, orangy amber color, modest, soft white head foam that quickly reduced to a ring & film, but left a nice coating of wavy spray as lacing. The aroma was sweet orange in addition to a strong, piney scent. With a medium+ body and decent carbonation, the flavor exhibited hefty malt and bitterness that didn’t just attack the tongue, but filled the whole palate, while leaving a nice hop bite to linger past the finish. A well rounded and balanced, strong IPA.
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tall Boy Can. Poured a dark orange, two finger off white head. Nose has huge estery scents with a nice sweetness to it. Taste follows exactly. Hoppy, fruity, and a nice malt sweetness with a little alcohol warmth. Medium mouthfeel. Good, not great.
jjuf1853 (1251) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at World of Beer in Land O Lakes. Pours a slightly hazed copper amber color with a foamed beige head. Tons of sudsy lacing along the side of the glass. Aroma is bold with pineapple and citrus hops with some lingering sweetness at the tail end. Flavor is extremely hoppy for a single IPA. Alcohol is fairly noticeable as one would expect at 8%. Very nice if you are in the mood for a hefty dose of hops to awaken the pallate.
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Draft at Jerry’s. Copper with fair, creamy beige head / Mild, earthy nose of dark caramel, light brown sugar, and citrus / Medium body, sweet and somewhat chewy, alcohol well masked, with good balance and bitter finish / Flavors of spun sugar, pine, toast, grapefruit, and bubblegum / Not noteworthy, and overly sweet or else needs a bigger hop kick, but still a solid ipa.
cpetrone84 (1581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pour is amber orange with a tight yellowish white head. The nose is extremely citric. Some biscuity malty undertones. The taste has more resigny hops, still lots of citrus and light biscuity malt undertone. Medium body, well carbonated, a touch oily.
jackl (5296) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ The Pony Bar UES. Pours deep amber, almost brown. Big off-white head The nose is assertive pine hops, a bit of dirt and sweet orange peel. The taste is fragrant pine wood, sweet with a big malt body to keep things in check. Resinous and earthy. Medium body, a bit astringent. Very good.