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 (2684) - 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 (1313) - 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 (1298) - 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 (3838) - 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.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2010 Can. Golden pour with a sizable cream colored head. Smells sweet, tropical, and citrusy, with juicy pineapple, peach, and mandarin orange. There’s some earth and grass as well. Overall this isn’t so much about the malt as about hop aromatics and bitterness, but there’s some caramel sweetness and spicy rye malt flavors at the start. Finishes very hoppy, with more mandarin orange, earth, grapefruit, and bitter pine finish. Has a solid amount of carbonation to it and is very drinkable. One of the best IIPAs I’ve had from a can or bottle. Nice hop complexity and aroma without an overly sweet body.
22415brewery (366) - redmond, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy light amber with minimal head into snifter glass.
Aroma is of citrus, powdered sugar, and glaringly spicy rye. A similar rye-ness to a fine rye whisky (some would say ’dirty sock’, yet I would beg to differ). Undeniably grapefruit and pompelmo aroma, an almost sourness to the overall aroma profile.
Mouthfeel is spot on for a 10% imperial ipa, yet dangerously trekking into barleywine territory. Full with sufficient melanoidins and appropriate carbonation levels.
Lingering bitterness is pleasant and very smooth. No harsh or biting after-effects. Although a noticeable tartness is present throughout.
A very good and very different IIPA. It strikes me more as a one-off.
Scouser (227) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an orange colour with lots of white lacing. aroma has hints of citrus and spice. Nice tasting beer! Citrus, ginger, malt and spice its different, but good!