Ratman197 (8857) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of dank earthiness, grapefruit, pine, biscuit, light carmel and light orange zest. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. flavors of pine resin, dank earthiness, grapefruit, biscuit and light orange zest with a smooth dry lingering dank bitter finish.
drjay44 (2446) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can. 10% ABV per the can. Pours a medium short lived off white head, with a bit of lacing, over a clear, dark golden (SRM 6) body...nose is heavy with pine, resin, grapefruit, slight toffee.....taste initially is sweet caramel/toffee, then heavy citrus and pine/resin arrive, the bitterness lingers, but not over long.....mouth feel is medium to heavy and slightly chewy, carbonation is low. Let this warm a bit, as it is unbalanced towards the hop backbone when refrigerator cold. It has a nice balance nearer cellar temperature. This is not the best IIPA, lacking some of the taste/flavor complexity that the best have, but it is certainly enjoyable. It is expensive. BJCP 8/3/13/4/8
beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to aplusbreaks. Pour is a lighter-than-expected clear deep yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is bursting with resinous hops, citrus hops (pineapple and grapefruit), and a hearty malt backbone. The aroma is quite clean and further smelling brings out the citrus components more and more. Flavor is notable amount of citrus hops with a strong grapefruit component. Also notes of spiciness (possibly from the rye) and a nice dose of malty sweetness that balances out the hops which become more resinous and potent in the finish. A solid offering with a long hoppy finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, the nose is pungent right from the pour. A clear, gold color with an average, ivory, pillowy head which is mostly lasting and does leave nice drippy lave rings. The nose is in your face with orange peels, juicy grapefruit citrus, lightly spicy notes, piney resin all over the place, but an aspirin note ruins it. The flavor is similar but carries less of the aspirin note; pink grapefruit, pepper making its way, piney resins still rolling all over, a high bitterness into the finish, and only faint notes of aspirin. The palate is nice with a round/coating mouthfeel, a prickly/lively carbonation, and a more than moderate body. The finish is short-ish with a crisp bitterness, pine, grapefruit, and aspirin lingering. I think the aspirin in the nose really killed what seemed otherwise to be a nice beer. I have to give the beer some credit for creating something new in an IIPA; a round mouthfeel, a crisp finish, nice citrus, a high bitterness, and without a lot of dryness. I will have to try another batch to see if the aspirin notes were because of a bad batch. Such a great brewery but not one of my favorites beers from them.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned. Light golden color with small white head. Aroma of BIG pungent citrus (orange, light grapefruit), Durban Poison (skunky, almost poopy), also some strange spices. Taste is initially sweet floral and light caramel but is then dominated by big bitterness from pungent citrus. Not much malt depth. Finish is bitter and surprisingly tame from nearly 10% abv.
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear medium gold, with a soapy lace - pungent hop aroma, with seriously strong citrus character (grapefruit, lemon rind), pine resin - some underlying sugary sweetness as well - very sweet, syrupy flavor - fairly tasty, peppery, herbal hop character, but the bitterness is potent to the point of being astringent and abrasive - despite this, sweetness persists throughout, until the finish, where it becomes mostly alcohol warmth and strong, spicy hops - another one-dimensional, overly sweet IIPA - they’re lucky hops taste so damn good.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Nose is sublime - big punch of citric hops and resiny pine needle, with just a whiff of sugary sweet in there. Flavor is initially the big, pungent citrus of the nose (grapefruit and mango), then a ’harder’ piney/woody bitterness. Just enough sweet malt to balance. Struck me as a ’rough-around-the-edges’ PtE. Could use a little more sweet/citric to balance the flavor, but this is a damn tasty beverage.
PghBrewer (11) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: piney with a resin-type aroma. dominated by hops, no yeast or malt profile to speak of. a little eartly/wet as well.
Appearance: about one finger of white head. nice lacing. golden, crystal clear.
Taste: obviously heavy on the hop taste, and little to no malt in the background. aftertaste builds the hops even more. outstanding.
Palate: light and thin with high carbonation. bitter finish that lingers.
Overall: really liked this beer. thought it was true to the style of a double/imperial IPA. if you like Dale’s and like IPA’s you won’t be dissapointed.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub in Lyons. Pours a clear, bright orange colored body with a very creamy, frothy, off-white, inch thick head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing. Gorgeous color and retention on this. The aroma is definitely loaded. Heavy, somewhat sharp grapefruits and resiny pines with a light caramel sweetness to round out the hops. Flavor is more the same. Lots and lots of piney grapefruit and lemon-grass with a solid caramel sweetness to balance. Finishes dry and crisp with a heavy, resiny bitterness and an aftertaste that lingers forever. Light to medium body and dangerously drinkable with a bit of a creamy carbonation. Overall, a very nice DIPA. Lots of resiny pines, but a nice caramel balance. Glad to have had this on tap at the brewpub before they put it in cans.
Kevin (2025) - Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap. good looking dark yellow with a nice non lasting head. aroma is strong sweetnees like syrup with an inviting hop lemon citrus aroma and a grassy bit. really nice hopped up nose. flavor is really one dimensional. bitter, yes, but dank and not much else. finish is rather vegative.