gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, of course. Pours the orange of wood treatment oil as piney, citrusy love. Aroma is all pine hops and, perhaps, just a smidge of grapefruit. Taste is fair, although in this can, there is something rotten in the state of Denmark. The initial taste is nice DIPA pineyness, but the mid- to late-palate goes in a weirdly bitter, lemon-oil direction that I canít say I greatly favor. Think I need to let my other 3 cans cool a touch and re-rate later this week. Think I agree with previous raters that, as is expected with and IPA or DIPA, freshness is a big deal here. Something a little too like Lemon Pledge involved in this one, and much more watery in the overall body and mouthfeel than I would have expected for 10% ABV. Hmmmmm.....
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Pours a light copper with medium head. The aroma is dominated by pungent weed and citrus hop flavors that really pop out o the glass. The taste starts off with a moderately sweet, resinous malt base and builds with intense hop flavors that match the aroma. It seems balanced pretty well at first, but after a few sips the bitterness really outweighs the malt. Overall, it is a nice IPA, but I was glad I split the can. I couldnít see myself drinking more than one of these like I could some other strong IPAs. My favorite aspect is the beautiful aroma, but the combo of resinous malt and extreme bitterness just isnít my preference in an Imperial IPA. Drink this one fresh.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can from chevy chase wine and liqour a pricey can. pours golden orange with a fading bright white head. nose is huge with a big citrus resin bomb. taste is sweet and cirussy but kind of one dimensional. its a decent dipa, but not as excellent as i might have expected.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz $5 can from Holiday Wine Cellar. Bought it so I can get another 10% rating. The can says 10%, but ratebeer says 9.5%. arg. Anywho, with a strong pour into my ratebeer glass, the head is small white, small bubbles fading medium fast. Deep yellow color. Aroma is mildly hoppy, some chlorophenols, a hint of melanodin. Medium hop bitterness, like an underripe mango. Certainly not 100IBUs anymore. Leans sweet, and first taste is surprizingly wonderful. Pretty good. IIPAs are always better local, but at least the can eliminates skunkiness. Iím starting to enjoy my IIPAs less sweet and with more nose pounding dry hopping, which doesnít stick around well in the truck from Colorado to San Diego. Itís a pretty good beer anyway. Nicely drinkable, especially for 10%.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This started out as a very good beer. Unfortunately a week later after I finished the fourth one I was sure I would never buy it again. Don;t get me wrong this beer was exactly as advertised, huge, super-hoppy double IPA. Too bad it was all Summit hops. All I could smell was pine, cattiness, pine oil and the taste was identical with the added qualities of parmesan and pepper.. I prefer a hop profile that has a citrus element of some sort to balance out the pine. If you like Maharaja or Green Flash Imperial IPA you will probably like this.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 03-23-2010 03:11:47
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2010 Can man! Picked up at StateLine... Funky aroma of some super pine needles and citrus?? Nice light orange color... small head. I drank this on the warmer side. almost 55-60 degrees. Taste is a smooth drinkable DIPA. Nicely balanced. Grapefruit, citrus, pines needles but doesnt seem that high in the IBU scale... Just a skunky ipa...but not in a bad way. Texture is on the lighter side. Overall a nice DIPA.
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can stamped on the bottom with ícanned with care 03-15-10 @06:15 hop grenadeí. Pours a clear caramel/orange golden with small off white head that also has some larger fish eye bubbles. Nose has light fruity citrus, touch of spicey pine, touch of resin, hints of garlic and caramel. Very light but tight and somewhat creamy carb feel. Upfront it is caramel/orangey lightly sweet, reinous pine and bitter grassiness. Finish is peppery with some dry cracker like bittering as well as some alcohol warming. Iím not a fan of summits, so I had low hopes going in, but not a bad beer...just not a dipa that I will feel drawn to again anytime soon. Love canned beer and love the dating...keep em coming OB!
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful amber body with a towering light ecru head. Beast of a malt backbone, strong sweet and spicy. Strange nose that immediately makes me think of a Jolly Rancher fruitiness. Apple peel really stands out although I think its the rye playing tricks with me - it almost smells like the makings of pre-cooked apple pie filling. Grapefruit throughout -each drink strikes the senses as if being sprayed with a freshly peeled rind to the face.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Big white head with a sturdy, drable head over a deep gold body. Huge citrus aroma that is fresh and inviting, aromas of honey and light fruit lurk underneath. Quite smooth, without harshness or offensive bitterness. The citrus character is massive, almost like drinking grapefruit juice. Very well balanced for a beer with such high IBUís as the bitterness is refreshing and palate cleansing, but not overpowering. One of the best imperial IPAís that I have had in a long time.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours light amber with a medium white head. Big citrus aroma. Flavor is heavy citrus bitterness, good malt presence and a wonderful piney finish. One of the most well balanced IIPAs Iíve had.