Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
resin, floral, grass, citrus, nuts, earthy, golden, clear, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation,
ALLOVATE (2895) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
At just on cool and into a snifter this one goes. Perplexed by the unexpected clarity of this beer - as in it shouldn’t be that way! A brilliant, mid orange with little as far as head retention. You know that canned pineapple cooks shouldn’t add onto a pizza, the aroma in this one has bucketloads. Amongst the syrupy pineapple is hints of passionfruit, caramelised stonefruit, medicinal floral notes and a wee tad kaffir lime leaf. On the palate there is some rough edges but otherwise it has the viscosity and oily texture of a hop bomb. Stewed fruits dominate; a mixture of pineapple, peach, pear and mango making it quite gammy and gummy. Sticky aftertaste similar to the fruit esters. Alcohol is well hidden for a 10’er. Astringent more than bitter. Burnt rubber phenols poke through also. Light vanillin and strawberry hit too, which actually graces it. No complexity. Pretty hop forward as I failed in my search for malts, but they lack depth. Sweet to the point of tiring. Really couldn’t dig this one. Not my particulars as far as DIPA. (12fl.Oz, BB monkeys with chainsaws, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
Muggus69 (2115) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355mL can from Slowbeer. Canned on 03/25/16
Bright orange body, uniform haze, holds dense white head.
BIG hop driven nose! Bag loads of citrus, like a bag.. of.. citrus!? But seriously, it’s like a salad of oranges, and ruby grapefruit, and lemons, and mandarins. Green sort of melon/papaya character in there too - not much in the way of malt, touch of toast.
Full bodied, but certainly doesn’t feel 10%! Smooth, slick, moderate carbonation, scary drinkable!
There’s a skerrik of toasty sort of grainy malt upfront but it’s BOOM BAM citrus & tropical fruit hops from there within - orange & mandarin, paw paw & papaya, mango, banana even. There’s stacks of bitterness there, but it hardly registers at a brutal 100IBU that’s for sure.
A formidable IPA - citrus overload!
Davros (2782) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows resinous and piny hops, citrus, peach, mango and clean sweet malt.
Flavours include truckloads of sweet clean malt, almost syrupy. Piny and resinous hops as well, along with lots of booze rolling through in the finish.
Maris (1384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 355ml can on 5/9/2016. Pours a clear medium golden with a tiny head. The nose features some light fruity hops but it’s very subdued for a DIPA weighing in at 10%. Take a sip and there’s a more than decent caramel and biscuit malt backbone, with big doses of stone fruit sweetness (apricot and peach) and some pineapple. There’s a big assertive bitterness to stem the sweetness - it has a hint of grapefruit, resin and rye. There’s a touch of alcohol to let you know your drinking something big. The palate is a bit syrupy and the carbonation is modest. Very nice stuff.
StevieT (1610) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2016 From a can. Pours clear dull amber with a malty aroma, the huge alcohol content is well hidden, not as hoppy as expected.
TheKernOwl (188) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight maple syrup/bourbon smell – not bad at all! – with a little floral hop (v mild smell of palma violet sweets). Not massive hops, but nicely balanced with malt. Would have again. Certainly does not feel as punishingly strong as ABV suggests it would.
drjoeng (857) - SINGAPORE - AUG 21, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10%ABV. Imperial IPA.
Poured out amber. 10°SRM.
Nose is honey, syrup, a little cloying and so pleasantly sweet. There is some light pine. There is also a hint of sandalwood incense right at the very end.
Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate is perfume, vanilla, caramel (very much so, almost thicklly so). Bitter tang of woodsmoke. Crayons and candlewax with some oily broadness. Eucalyptus oil. Pine. Pine needles.
Finish is medium-long. Bitter. Resinous.
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zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Coppers, Newcastle. Hazy golden coloured with a thin white head. It has a very bitter tropical fruit and orange flavour with malty and whisky notes followed by a very powerful warming boozy pine and spicy orange finish. Excellent!
Enwiebe (296) - - AUG 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/9/16. Can from Brevard. Great nose of pine and citrus but definitely not your classic west coast profile. Hops and alcohol well balanced which means huge hops in this case. Broad deep flavor with a lingering astringency.
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Darkmagus82 (2266) - - AUG 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a hazy orange- amber color with a nice thick one finger white head that has good retention. The head fades slowly over time to give a great level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready and citrus hoppy aroma. Mixed with these smells are some lighter pine and grassy hop aromas as well as a light tropical fruit smell of papaya.
Taste – The flavor starts out big and bready with some caramel and citrus sweetness. As the taste advances the hop quickly comes to the tongue. A citrus hop is initially detected with it heaviest of a grapefruit and tangerine flavor. A pine and grassy flavor however soon come to the tongue and becomes as strong, if not stronger then the citrus flavors. While the hop flavors get reasonably strong, in the end they are somewhat overshadowed by a quite boozy taste. The taste is of a whiskey and rum like flavor and when mixed with the hop, leave a piney/grassy and boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very creamy and chewy with a carbonation level that is quite low. The low carbonation and thick body coupled with the hop and booze make this one a very slow drinker; precisely what it should be.
Overall – A big and boozy tasting double IPA. One that warms and definitely one to sit and sip over a long time.