GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep, hazy amber with a small beige head that recedes to a thin collar.
Aroma is sweeter than I was expecting with candied apples, caramel malts and light fruits - peaches come to mind. There isnít a lot of citrus or pine that I get in the nose.
Taste has a bit more citrus with some oranges up front, but the caramelized sugar and sweet malts are still a big player and the finish is sweet with hints of pine but mostly a lingering sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but low on carbonation and comes across a little syrupy with the heavy sweetness dominating the palate.
In case you hadnít noticed, this is a very sweet DIPA, very light on the hops. Itís not bad but itís not one of my favorites.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky orange-amber with a minimal, large-bubbled head. Nose is caramel, tropical fruit, hearty biscuit, grapefruit, and resin. Huge blast of ORANGE in the flavor, all wrapped up in a hefty malt backbone. Oily, medium heft body. The hulking malt backbone balances the ample bitterness to a perceived ímediumí. Finish is lingering and much more bitter than the mid-palate would have suggested. The obtuse alcohol and lack of carb detracted from the enjoyment a bit. The orange blast, copious hops, and solid malt make me think this would be a great one to have out of a fresh keg. Thanks for the opportunity, Matt!
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle is one of my favorite beers.
2011 bottle is flat and something is really off. Drain pour on the 2nd bottle. Very disappointing as I am such a fan.
Pailhead (6427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of ughsmash via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, candied fruit, and citrus. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that leaves behind to thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel and light-moderate fruitiness. The finish has moderate sweet citrus notes and light grapefruit. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation an slick/oily mouthfeel. Overall, I find this sitting in that grey area of "Is this an IIPA or Barley Wine?"
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazed amber DIPA with a thin off white head, with floating hops in the bottle. In aroma, sweet musty malt with light pinhey hops, nice. In mouth, a nice smooth biscuit malt with pinhey hops, vinous notes, catnip, very nice and earthy. Bottle at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 21 2012.
sherm1016 (1272) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits, with a lone hop cone in it. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, orange. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, a little malty, a weird tea flavor that I think is suppose to be hops, with a malt sweet finish. The hop cone is gimmicky, and the beer is pretty blah for me.
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, 2010 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) clear gold with a ring of fine white bubbles. Nose of honey and pineapples. Taste is dank, orange, sweet and biscuit.
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the new OíSo location. Hazy light orange pour with a small white head. Malty citrus hop aroma - wonderful. Smooth palate. Awesome citrus and pine hop flavor, a little sticky, with a big malt balance. Just what I want out of a DIPA. Great stuff.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with three hop cones (Iím assuming 2010) via a trade. Pours with a hazy, hazy orange body with a thick white head. Aromas are huge with tropical fruit, big c-hops, papaya, grassy, resiny, estery. Fruity, light alcohol and some caramel. Taste is a bit oxidized (showing itself most in coconut flavors), caramel, toffee, medium to low bitterness. Light floral hop flavors with light warming. To be honest this has become a very acceptable, American barley wine. Sweet, but not really a sticky, caramel, crystal sweetness. Medium to lively bubbles. Medium bodied. A bit full for an IIPA, but dry for a barley wine. Overall: tasty.