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 (370) - 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 (228) - 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!
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus, peach, tropical fruity notes, dank, and a good deal of garlic - thanks summit. A touch spicy rye as well. Pours bright golden orange with a nice soapy/frothy head. Flavors of garlic and dank, pine and grapefruit, touch of rye and toasted malt. More garlic in the finish as well as citrus pith. Lingering danky, citrus skin, and garlic flavors with a touch of alcohol burn as well. Well put together and pretty enjoyable.
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can pours a lighter golden amber with a medium bubbly/creamy off white head that left a bunch of sticky lacing. Aroma of an upfront very pleasant citrusy hop character, some light caramel notes, nuts and munich malt peaking through. Some more hop aroma and this would be spot on. Flavor was also of that same citrusy hop character. Some floral and very light pine as well. The malt is lending to some light caramel notes, nuts and some hints of rye spiciness that also seems to help keep the beer on the dry side with a touch of lingering sweetness. Bitterness is there but very controlled. This is a good Double IPA, but could be an amazing one if they would have used a blend of different hops and more aroma hops to really dial this one in. The more I drank this the more I began to really appreciate the flavor. It’s not over the top, punch you in the face bitter or overy piney/grapefruity. Pretty darn tasty. still wishing the hop aroma had some more complexity. Any great addition to the craft beer in a can world. The $15 per four pack is gonna turn some folks off as well.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Crystal clear amber body with medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, catty, pine/pineapple, orange, some lime/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, pine/pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, light alcohol/warming. Sticky medium-full body, moderate resin.
boFNjackson (4025) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at a recent BA/RB tasting... Can poured orange with a thin head. Freshly hopped nose. Leafy, grassy, almost like a shot of weeds and grass. Really made me re-appreciate the hop. Ginger, vegetables, asparagus, soy beans. Just lots earthy tones.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can shared by csbosox. Pour is a cloudy yellow-gold, with a small white head. Aroma is immediate earthy garlic hoppinesss, followed close behind rye malt, and finishing with a resin spicy kick in the back. Taste reverses the nose a bit, with spicy bright earthy up front, followed by the garlic, rye malt and a dry finish with more of the earthiness. Flavors are quite residual and lasting. Palate is medium bodied, with a normal level of carbonation. As mentioned, a lingering dry finish. Thanks for sharing this one Chris, I had wanted to try it.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mildly hazed amber with a thin white head and ring lacing. Aroma of resinous hops, pine, sticky and wonderfully stinky west coast hops and some sweet malt to help balance it into a nice equilibrium. Taste of sweet malt, alcohol, and plenty of hops – resinous, floral and citrus. Some dank qualities come through and if finishes moderately bitter with some warming. Another great IPA from Oskar Blues.
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours nearly flat, slight bubblage, little to no lace. Lightly hazy amber orange body. Nose of pine and citrus with some mustiness, not as bold as expected either. Body is med/full, resiny, oily. Lotsa malt and lotsa hop, the kind of beer i would normally groove on. Not the case here though. The hop flavors are musty, catty and just tastes like body odor aromas. Cant get past that flavor. Musty, dank and dirty. A let down for me anyways. ABV is well camoflauged. Can procured @statelineliquors.