zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(can - 12 oz) Cloudy orange pour with mild carbonation. Huge citrus and hop nose. Very herbal and spicy. Sweet and citrus notes begin the flavor but move to a very spicy and earthy hop combination. Spicy throughout and into the finish with a very bitter and lingering aftertaste. Surprisingly, the spice and citrus fade quickly leaving only the bitter.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale orange-yellow, whitish foam. Drippy lacing. Heavy caramel, herbal hop aroma. Taste is grassy, sweet malt, apple. I dunno, weird, not bad though.
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tons of citrus and pine hop flavors grounded in bready malt sweetness with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Nice beer.
thedanimal (2) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice amber almost gold in color. Nice head. Very citrusy/hoppy aroma, but not overpowering. Drinks smooth with a nice big hop hit, but still drinkable. It seems well balanced for a 10% ABV beer as the can states. I wish I could afford to buy many more of these great beers.
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally found a single can of this at Half Time. Pours clear dark orange with small white head. Aromas of orange, tropical fruit, sweet malts, and some dank hops. Flavors of hop bitterness, sweet caramel malts, tropical fruits, orange zest, and some other citrus. Probably not the freshest can. Thought this was going to be loaded with sweet malts but it is fairly balance even with the faded hops. Booze is fairly well hidden. Pretty drinkable for such a big DIPA, but one can is probably enough. Better than what I was expecting.
baraciisch (2909) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt orange in color... Aroma is citrus hops, caramel malts, and toffee... Flavor is caramel, toffee, with a nice citrus hops finish and bitterness that lingers on the palate... Delicious beer
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Poured a 12 ounce can into a Chimay goblet. Bottom of can reads:
05-14-10 @ 13:59
Vote For Pedro
Appearance: Pours a medium caramel/orange with a 1-2 finger off-white creamy head which dissipates quickly. Decent lacing throughout.
Smell: Both sweet and bitter hops are obvious. Pine and grapefruit with floral notes. Very slight hint of onion.
Taste: Floral sweetness up front followed by pine and onions in the middle. Not a good thing, in my opinion. At the finish is a bitter hop explosion like I’ve never encountered. It is pure lemon rind and grapefruit but it is cranked up about three notches above anything else I’ve tried. It is a bit overpowering for my tastes. The aftertaste is typical bitter hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth
Drinkability: Low drinkability due to the overwhelming bitterness and lack of approachable flavor combinations.
Overall: I really wanted to enjoy this one because I typically like what Oskar Blues puts out but I just didn’t. The bitterness and flavors do not compliment each other well at all. I’m a hophead and love high IBU beer but the bitterness doesn’t work for me on this one.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can via trade with SuzyGreenberg, thanks Ben. Pours a hazy peach-gold with a 2-3 finger off white, creamy and slightly rocky head that has great retention and leaves really nice lacing, definitely beautiful pour. Aroma is huge on citrus, a touch of mango, red grapefruit flesh, toast, biscuit, grass, a touch of sweet cereal, and a light vanilla pudding note. Flavor is sweet grainy malt, grass, big citrusy hops, bitter grapefruit, fruity floral notes, a touch of planty resin, some dankness, ethanol - perhaps a bit more than I would like and rye - much more evident than in the nose, but largely overshadowed by the tons of hops, though they compliment each other well. Finishes with bitter citrus, spicy rye, caramel and a sweet grain, straw and spiced citrus fade. Palate is fairly heavy with a creamy entry, chewy middle, moderate, yet sharp carbonation and fairly dry finish. This is a nice IIPA, if I didn’t know that rye was in there, I probably wouldn’t have picked it out above the hop presence, but it seems a tasty addition, though I would like to try a version without it.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
growler. Overly grassy, sharp hops & sweet malts follow the strong (but not 10%/100+ ibu strong). Sadly, this growler stayed in a thermo bag in my car until warm then re-chilled... will try again.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned May 2010; Sampled July 2010
Well I have been avoiding the Summit “goodness” that is this beer for quite some time. Finally, the other day there was a can staring at me from the aisles of Plaza Liquors and I finally succumbed. A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, light amber color that shows an almost clear, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lychee, kumquat peel and tangerine up front, but quickly picks up notes of pine, hemp oil and some garlic chive flower like notes. This is most definitely a dank smelling beer, and the garlic / green onion character is actually not too overwhelming in the nose. There is perhaps a touch of cracker and spicy grain character noticeable, but this is most definitely hop dominated. As the beer warms up a bit the alcohol can cause a bit of a burn to my nostrils. Definitely an enjoyable beer to smell if you like hops.
Soft, somewhat creamy feeling and only lightly carbonated. The beer has a lot of hop fruitiness to it up front with lots of bright citrus and tropical fruit like flavors; lychee, bright tangelo, kumquat and floral peach notes are all quite noticeable. Towards the middle of each sip a herbaceous character takes hold and it lingers on in to the amply bitter and almost harshly hoppy finish. Definite hemp oil, concentrated pine sap, and even a garlic chive like note in the finish all linger and morph into the long, lingering hop finish. The combination of the alcohol and the ample hops provides a touch of “burn” to my throat and esophagus. Again the grain plays a supporting role here but there does seem to be a hint of grain spiciness as well as some light biscuit like grain character, what is more noticeable is a not heavy handed, pale crystal malt caramel character that adds sweetness and accentuates the fruity aspects of the hops. This is a touch stronger in alcohol (with a touch of heat) and chewier in body than I prefer in a Double IPA, but I wouldn’t quite call this a Barleywine.
Not nearly as bad as I had feared, you have to be in the mood for a dank, hoppy beer, but the garlic / chive character that comes along with Summit hops isn’t too objectionable here.