jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from 5 points. Great aroma and an overall awesome brew. But there’s this weird finish that tastes like a hotdog with mustard. Don’t know where it comes from, possibly the peanuts I ate beforehand. I’ll have to rerate, but otherwise this is a great brew.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As soon as I cracked the can I was blasted in the face with the smell of hops. Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. Clear gold with a thin white head. Intense hoppy aroma, somewhat simple but intriguing smell of tangerine with a hint of cat piss. This stuff is dank! The taste is tropical fruit and tangerine with a nice sweetness behind it. Barely bitter for all of the hoppiness that is the flavor and aroma. It smells like it would be a palate crusher but seems like it would pair nicely with food, maybe ribs or grilled chicken. Full body with medium-low carbonation. Dangerously drinkable with barely any perceptible taste of alcohol. Like a hoppier big brother to Gordon this is a nice addition to Oskar Blues’ lineup.
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. 10% on can. pours a clear gold under a large foamy off-white head. powerful mandarin, floral and that sharp, spicy rye aroma. the rye really lets the hops dance on the tongue. palate manages to mostly stay on the creamy side and abv is only noticeable as a warmth in the throat. the beer is maxed out with rye. it gives a sharp, biting finish. not sweet at all. the strongest rye flavor in a beer i can think of.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can poured into a tulip.
Pours deep, crystal-clear golden amber with an initial small cream-colored head that actually grows after the first pour into a thick creamy head that recedes to a small cap. Minimal lacing.
The aroma is hoppy but not with citrus hops - it’s all about the herbal spiciness and some resinous pine. Some others have mentioned this but it does smell a bit like weed.
The taste has an initial juicy citrus presence that didn’t come out in the aroma, but it gives way quickly to the spicy and resinous herbal hop flavor that leaves a sticky finish.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick and sticky on the palate with some moderate carbonation but with small bubbles that keeps it less lively overall.
This is certainly a unique double IPA with the herbal presence dominating with only a bit of citrus and sweet malts to balance things out. Still, I really enjoyed this one, though I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one at a time.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Can: Aroma of hops, tropical fruit, and lots of tangerine. Poured gold/amber in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted around the edges. Clear. Very slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, tropical fruit, tangerine, and slight pine. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter hops and tropical fruit finish. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 12oz can, undated (just a smartass phrase on the bottom instead) for $6.50 at Blue Palms. Pours a hazy medium amber with a tiny white head. A small creamy head does rouse with agitation, but with low retention. Big skunky weedy hop aromas up front--super danky and delicious!--with some dry hopped notes and caramel and light rye malts. Flavor stays danky and herbal with some light sprucy notes as well as a little alcohol, though not 10% strong. Nice light caramel backbone adds some necessary sweetness. Burps citrusy hops. Bitterness peaked at a 6, semi-dry. Moderate carbonation, full body. Nice job at a malty DIPA without being too sweet.
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a beautiful can o’ beer I got from Freddy at Beverages4less! I was a bit worried when the can made a rather deep plock when I popped it, without much of a spcitt! Shouldn’t have worried, though. Pinky size long lasting head after pouring rather vigorously. Perfect rich amber. Nose is stinky cat pee and sweet hops. Grapefruit more than pinetree. Taste is big and thick. Sweet and fruity gooey with a serious bitter finish. Aspirin and alcohol. Damn I wish these weren’t so expensive! Lovely brew!
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, rich golden/orange/light amber from the 12oz. can, thin white head, spotty lacing, into a tumbler: A deep punch of orange meat and grapefruit peel strikes the nose, followed by some hard grassy hops, pine, resin, rye/sweet malts, fresh barley, light tropical fruity esters, pear, and various grains. Full-bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat starchy, but definitely robust. Flavors of hops, rye, citrus, grass, and a nice bite of spice. Light alcohol presence, warming finish. Drinkability: Got to love a west coast style IPA. Pairing: Creamy lemon cheesecake topped with raspberry lady fingers and lemon mousse. Rebuy: Yes. #372 on 01042010. DG.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Surprised, this actually made its way to Georgia. Nice fluffy head at first, but I can see that it is going to slowly fade away. Orange copper color, nearly transparent (i.e., this has a slight haze to it). This is how I like my Imperial/Double IPA’s to look. Sweet malt with some spice and grapefruit citrus notes make for an interesting aroma, I must say. The spice is coming through in an almost awkward way. Oh wait...shit, that is the rye. Excuse me, wow now that I noticed it that rye is insanely pungent. The rye adds an interesting nuance, but almost steals away from that citrus/grapefruit hop aroma that I always am a fan of. Wow, that rye is a little bit too incisive. I will say this, the grapefruit citrus hop flavor is there to save the day. I love the flavor of this, and boy, the texture is awesome, but that rye just cuts right through. Maybe with time this will settle, but with time the hops will also mellow. Damn, there is no perfect beer. The rye and the citrus grapefruit hop flavor just dominate, and this beer actually leaves a nice bitterness on my tongue that lasts. I also get some sweet flavors from the malt. Damn fine beer, but a bit on the expensive side.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 12oz can, pours clear golden with foamy white head. this beer kind of smells like manuer with grapefruit rind. flavors have that same manuer throughout the palate, with some piney and citrus hop notes. really watery feel. spiciness on the back end with mild alcohol finish. pretty clean and refreshing finish. This very drinkable iipa grew on me.