iowaherkeye (2686) - 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 (1299) - 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 (3869) - 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 (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 (4396) - 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.