allfreej (549) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Canned into a wine glass. Cloudy copper pour, thin, off-white head. Huge citrusy nose--grapefruit rind, sour oranges. Sweet, slightly spicy malt almost overwhelmed by a wondrous hop onslaught. The grapefruity hops assault the taste buds right up front and the finish is just as intense. The alcohol isnít readily apparent through the lupulin-induced coma that your taste buds will sink into to!
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can into a pint glass. The aroma is sour orange hops with a hint of cat pee and a toooouch of malt in there. The flavor is big orange, like straight orange peel with hop bitterness on the finish, but mostly a lot of citrusy sweetness. Not bad, not amazing.
marcus (5896) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a nice off-white head and a strong pine and citrus aroma. There is a tasty caramel malt base that is overwhelmed with piny hop bitterness. Crisp, clean and refreshing, but extremely bitter.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 12 oz. can at Fireworks.
Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a well sustained frothy, off-white head. A powerful nose of hops punches you right in the face. This is the stickiest of the icky. Tons of pine and resin are in the nose. From the first sip you can feel the enamel getting eaten off your teeth. The taste is a hop lovers delight. Lots of herbal hops, pine resin, and tropical fruit. A real bruiser. Medium to rich mouthfeel leading to a long, bitter finish. This is one of the best brews Iíve had in a long time. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Sheets of lacing get left behind on the glass. Go get this beer now.
bblack99 (525) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at OB Homemade in Longmont. Strong hop aroma with a balance of cedar and grapefruit. Flavor packs a punch with tons of sticky sweetness and high IBUs. Flavor is crushed a bit by the sticky mouthfeel.
carl4beer (521) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can. pours clear and golden with white head. aroma is grapefruit with some pine. mouthful is dominated with grapefruit and has a lingering finish with earthy bitterness. nice big starter...
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Ok...I have had this TWICE. From different sources, but probably the same batch. I did NOT like this. The color and presentation in the glass was great. The aroma was spot on. Big grassy, citrusy, piney, resiny hoppy goodness on the nose to satisfy my craving. Then I took a sip. It took me a minute to figure it out, but it tastes like braunsweiger...liverwurst....and not in a good way. I put the glass down to return to a bit later. I will wait to click "add my rating" until I revisit this brew in a few minutes.
Yup. Crap. Itís a shame too. Old Chub, Gordon, Daleís...all 3 great beers. Not sure what happened here.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Whole Foods, Fairfax VA. Pours a darker shade of amber with an off-white head. The hop aroma is very prominent - citrusy and piney. Flavor has a pleasant malty backbone (which isnít too sweet) then comes a blast of PacNW piney hops, tangerine/orange and a tinge of a tropical fruit. Proper IIPA level bitterness which is more on the smooth side - not harsh at all. Body is full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Nothing you havenít already had before, but a damn good IIPA. Will pick up a 4-pack for sure.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can: Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Has a great fresh resiny piny grapefruity nose with some nice sweet pale malty undertones. Starts with good fullness and sweet, clean pale malts with some peppery hoppy citrus zest and good bittering balance before a crisp bittersweet finish. A bit pricy, but a very nice IIPA thatís hard to find anything that could be improved.
Drake (7850) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 12 ounce can from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a creamy medium sized head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of woody, resiny hops with a bit of citrus and herbalness. The taste is big, bold, citrus, resiny hops along with some berry notes and a ton of toffee and caramel to balance it out. This manages to be fairly big yet fairly well balanced. Medium-full bodied.