waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can (obviously). The pour on this one is a golden yellow honey color with a moderate white head. The nose is honey, floral, piney hops, caramel malt, and a tiny bit of abv. The taste is dank hops with a citrusy pineapple and lemon zest followed by caramel malt and a nice mellow bitterness. The palate is on the thicker side of IIPA’s like Great Divide Hercules. The lacing is minimal but somehow a little sticky. Great IIPA.
LokiLovelace (14) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very bitter, medium sweetness, orange, clear, rocky head, white foam, medium body, average carbonation, bitter, astringent, long finish.
I found it to be complex in that there was always a taste or a sensation changing and evolving over the course of time. The strongest plusses on it for me were the appearance and the aroma both of which were solid especially for style. The aroma was like opening a box of hops and being assaulted with diferent scents but still worked harmoniously. The color is everything I want and the head was pillowy with some soft peaks and lasted a moderate amount of time. Not much lacing but seriously I don’t care. The taste is hard to pin down. One minute it is great the next something is either clashing or missing. As it warms it grows on you, or it could just be the 10% ABV mule kicking your taste buds into Mellowsville. Overall it is good, is it $16 a 4 pack good? I’m not sure, I’m in Mellowsville.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Clear copper color. Only a medium head with a vigorous pour fades to a dusting of head. Awesome crisp, grassy nose. Pure hops.Sticky sweet hops, like pure hop juice and alcohol. Lots of grass, a little honey, and a very hot, booze-filled finish. A bit more complexity to the flavor profile would help to avoid the dominance of the alcohol, but other than that, this a great one.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cans (expensive!). Pours with a slightly hazed golden body with a small white head that leaves good lace. Aroma of tropical fruits, herbal, grassy hop notes. Some sugar, but mostly a dry malt profile. Taste is hoppy, bitter, grassy and fruity. I’ve brewed with summit before (although not by itself). After trying this, I really think it needs another hop to play off of. That would really put this beer "over the edge," balance the hop profile, and make it really spectacular. As it is, Summit is an awesome hop, but its really high alpha acids and extremely high oil content leave it as a messy hop to use by itself (in my opinion, but I love this hop when used with others). Nice and dry malt backbone. Dry, prickly carbonation. Good, but I was hoping for better.
glennmastrange (2423) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Heavy malt aroma of burnt caramel, harsh pine and a little grapefruit peel for the hops, with hints of light leather, date, honey, solvent and some booziness. Head is small, starts frothy but turns wispy, white with some thin slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color starts hazy then turns clear, orange/tan. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft carbonation, and soft finishes with none of the astringency that coms with most over hopped DIPAs. Pretty good, the flavor is a lot milder than the aroma leads on to be.
beer101101 (23) - Corona, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/4" off white head above the clear golden amber brew. Dense head lasts nicely, with lots of sticky lace. Aroma is dominated by funktacular pine hoppiness. Taste is quite sweet upfront, quickly giving way to the piney bitterness, which coasts through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, even with the strong bitterness, and drinkability is great for the style. Yay, good beer, and yay good beer in cans!
after4ever (6627) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz can. Pours a bright golden medium amber with virtually no head, just a little bit of off-white foam padding up top. Nice tangy grapefruit and pine nose, a little bit on the raw side and very nice for it. Some toasty rye like spice there as well. Creamy medium body with fairly soft carb. Toast, caramel, grapefruit, and pine on the mid palate, very balanced and fresh-tasting. Gets a little garlicy and rye bready in the finish, nice earthy contrast in the finishing bitterness. Great rye dipa.
Slipstream (2214) - USA - APR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was a tough call for my 900th rating - I have another brew in the fridge that looks just as promising - but why not something from the superb Oskar Blues Brewery, namely an imperial IPA that I havent tasted yet? The word "disestablishmentarian" appears at the top of the can. Made from 3 types of malt and lots of Summit hops. I used a big Riedel wine glass so that I could get the most from the aroma. Slighly orange, dark gold pour with a light head. Aroma of citrusy hops and pine resin. The taste is crammed with herb garden hops that run up the IBU count to 100. Balance is provided by some nice malty sweetness. Dont reach for this if you want something light to wash your salad down. The Gubna is a powerful, attention-grabbing brew with a bitter aftertaste.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Can… Clear amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is certainly different for an imperial IPA, but pleasant. Unfolding are notes of chili peppers, celery, grapefruit, pine and apricot. Full-bodied, creamy/oily with modest carbonation. Big malt body, but the entire flavor profile seems to be derived from the fairly heavy alcohol and massive, earthy lupulin. Bitter finish.
ewdrye (3) - USA - APR 27, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Not sure if its worth the steep price though. Reminds me a bit of the hopslam.