Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
copper colored pour, average sized head. very resinous hoppy aroma with some sweetness, but overall very hoppy and fresh. flavor is also very hoppy, nice medium thick mouthfeel. piney, woody, such of sweetness, nice thick malt base but very big and bold hops in this one. finishes very bitter and satisfyingly and lingers on forever. reminds me of a slightly maltier and heavier union jack maybe, with less citrus/fruit overtones. this is seriously good stuff and i am really glad i was able to find some fresh. wholeheartedly deserves the 99% style rating, this is a top IPA for sure
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
16 oz tallboy can into a pint glass. Canned on: 8-08-12 @ 09:46 "SPF-15000". Not sure how this got past EPA!
A - Dark and clear amber body.One finger soapy white head. Nice lacing and retention.
S - Orange juice, resinous pine, and danky onions. The onions do have a significant presence here which seems to overpower any traces of malt sweetness.
T - This is obviously not the IPA for me. Starts off with a very bitter and savory onion and dank flavor. Almost no sweetness. So much alcohol that its almost liquor like. Mouth feel is medium bodied with high carbonation, but the drinkability is low for me due to the flavor profile and alcohol.
O - I canít blame this on freshness as its not even three weeks old. Its a very savory and danky beer. I canít even tote this one to taste buds either because the alcohol presence makes for one unbalanced beer.
Theydon_Bois (12695) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Joe Squared (Inner Harbour), Baltimore - 22/05/12.
Slightly obscure amber/orange.
Sweet malts and citrus hops on the nose.
Tropical fruits in the taste - mango, grapefruit, peach with a sweet malt backbone.
Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation and a lingering bitterness in the finish..
One to re-visit!
rosenbergh (8527) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY.
Cloudy dark amber colour with small off-white head.
Very tempting strong hoppy aroma with bitterness and resin.
Strong darkish resiny bitter hoppy flavour. Strong sweet maltiness accompanied. Sweet hoppy aftertaste.
JStax (3772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a large white head of foam with great retention. Leaves sheets of lacing. The aroma is very piny and grassy with a resinous character up front. Columbus hops are all over the place. Taste is very bitter with just a hint at a sweet, grapefruity type presence in the finish. Overall, not one Iíd worry about having again, but still good.
hombrepalo (1936) - 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 (566) - 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. Iím 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 Iíll give it benefit of the doubt.
S: Strong pine resins and grapefruit peel abound - but itís 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 thereís any flaw with the beer, itís 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: Itís just another solidly impressive DIPA in a vast field of solidly impressive DIPAs. Thatís not a slight at all; DIPAs are quickly becoming my favorite style, and Iíd have no trouble coming back to this bad ass mutha again.
HighlanderOne (1071) - 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 (2932) - 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 didnít 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.