drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
300 rated poured golden with small head smelled like hop off vine tasted like hop pellets with floral flavor and bitter hop stickiness to finish
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a bright slightly hazed orangey color (almost sunset-ish) with a fluffy big off white head...smell is overpoweringly grapefruit...some toasty caramel flavors are there too, but hops dominates with a bit of resin as it warms...terrific full and viscous mouthfeel...strongly sweet taste at first and very briefly like a lemon custard...then grapefruit, resin, and hints of pepper come on strong an linger until the end of the medium slick finish...nice.
DocLock (8163) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love IPAs, IIPAs, barleywines, and big beers in general. This is the 1st OB beer that let me down somewhat. Pours dark gold with nose of resiny, piney hops, tangeriney fruit, rocj syrupy, peppery malt. Tastes very funky, on the sweet side, with heavy mango, tangerine, pineapple, black pepper, but a late heat that starts midway through and permeates every aspect from about 6 oz to the end. We always talk about well hidden alcohol, but this one had not well at all hidden alcohol, and that took away from the holistic positive impact of this beer.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Fortunately, I found a shop selling singles, because I wasnít too keen on making a $15 investment on this, for something Iíve never had. Pours a nice orange gold with a big fluffy head and brilliant sharp clarity - a nice appearance, at least. Probably one of the lighter-colored 10% beers Iíve had, too. The nose is grapefruit, orange rind, and sugary malt. A little grass, too. Flavor is predominantly sweet - I guess thatís what you get in a 10% beer. I guess Iím not hugely impressed by this beer as an imperial IPA - itís hoppy, sure, but it seems like itís double malt and not quite enough bitterness to match up. Certainly not anything I havenít seen before.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can pours orange amber with a thin eggshell head and some spotty lacing. From first sniff Iím going to guess that this will be one of those beers you will either love or hate. Aroma is earthy and vegetal with notes of grapefruit, and tangerine being attacked by celery and green tomatoe. Flavor shows the same but is reinforced by some additional depth. Apricot, mango, kale, and green olive all make themselves known at some point during the experience, all the time leaving you scratching your head. Overall body is moderate to full, slick and chewy. I can honestly say that I was so confused by everything else going on that I really didnít get any alcohol out of it. Seemed pretty balanced. Definately not for a beginner.
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. SO stoked to finally buy a four-pack of this. Cloudy yellow-amber with a 2cm frothy-foamy off-white lasting head (my first beer in my Sam Adams glass - pretty schweet! thanks, Paul). What an interesting aroma - I swear I get canola oiliness in this - definitely funky/acidic behind more C-hop resin bitterness - and a hint of apricot ... and olives; a bit crazy, definitely not the same old same old, and appealing. The taste - definitely 10% alcohol, very chewy/oily ... grapefruit pith, overripe mango, and an interesting salty/earthy bitterness in the background ... so odd, and so good. Average body, but a bold, lively, chewy mouthfeel - some drying on the tongue in the long finish from resin and alcohol, but it leaves the right impression for an American DiPA: strong, bitter, resin/citrus and aggressive. Nice. In cans!! - fuck me, what will they think of next?!!!!!
Rustyham (1754) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is of sweet sugar and grapefruit juice cocktail, color is a glowing cloudy orange with hardly any lace. Flavor is nothing but alcohol and hops, while palate has a thickness probably from the malts that I canít taste. the alcohol sting is very hot. Can from Grace Wine and Spirits, Nashville.
osu97gp (666) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark orange/amber color with a persistent head. Aroma of floral hops and citrus. Flavor is huge hops and grapefruit with a nice bitter hop finish. A very good IPA.
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep golden yellow, not quite amber, with very little head. Nose is wonderful. A bit of cat piss, very floral, and slightly citrusy. Flavor is citrus (grapefruit), floral and sweet. A fair amount of sweet malt in here, which surprised me. Also, the appearance led me to believe this was going to be pretty thick and syrupy, but it really isnít. An interesting beer that I think maybe falls just short of being in the truly exclusive IIPA club. Iíd drink this again, but I do think itís a bit overpriced.
shadey (1948) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from BOTW. Pour is a bright melon orange with wisps of white lace. Aroma is herbs and citrus, quite spicy. Flavor is really bright and fresh - this is all about the hops and the malts take a distant back seat. But that is okay because the hops would steal the show anyway. A beautiful beer, but really way to expensive. There are other beers like this for a lot less money.