j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of skyview in the Mystery Swap 4.0. Pours a clear ruby red amber with a hefty tanned beige head. Slight hint of paper but it’s mostly obscured by the thick earthy citrus and peppery pine hop notes. Nice thick caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied, a touch of booze and some esters. Light hint of vanilla and then the hop presence sets in over the malt base, tending toward a bit of spiced gingerbread cookies. Finishes up with a touch of grapefruit and some velvety sweet malt. Well, I wondered why it was having trouble pouring nicely and when I went and rinsed the bottle, I found an entire hop cone in there. Interesting. Bonus points for the hop cone (though it did scare me a little bit when I was rinsing and this… thing….started coming out of the ‘empty’ bottle)
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma intensely floral with some spicy character, hops powerful practically to the point of lysol (in a good way), as well as heaps of gooey caramel. Flavor very malty with limey hop notes brightening things up, some resin, again loads of the gooey caramel, particularly upon warming. Nice use of the hops but also a bit big and heavy down there. Unique and tasty.
LilBeerDoctor (3506) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small white head and, of course, the hopcone. Aroma of citrus, grassy, and fruity hops, some spruce too. Flavor of hop spices, woodsy spices, and citrus. Very earthy and a nice hop profile. Good IIPA.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Pale caramel, slight orange hue, mildly hazy, moderate white foamy head, fairly sticky lacing.   Bright citrus peel, seems a bit candyish, also some heat.   Certainly on the resiny side, moreso orange rind with a sweet flair, followed up by some alcohol.   Comes across to me as more than an IPA but not as big as the IIPA I prefer.   Could stand to be a bit maltier, otherwise body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Lingering rind and alcohol.   Hop aspect is there, but plays second fiddle to the rind like bitterness.   Good as it does have some nice sweetness, but without the malt to back it up its not as special.   This has all the components I like, but just needs to be a bit heavier.   Thanks Bob for the bottle!
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a creamy tan topper that leaves some lacing. Aroma of tangerine, marzipan, caramel and medium hops. Taste of peach, marzipan, orange, mild alcohol and sweet malt. Perhaps a touch too cloying and finishes up sweet but a different and interesting mix nonetheless.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Did a hop cone really just plop out into my glass? Awesome. It shows in the aroma. Super creamy, fresh-hop-like pineapple sugar aroma. Pours a rather dark even red, with a good finger of lacy khaki soap. Flavor is rich, but somewhat lighter than expected. Peppery, a bit of sage and laurel, some leafiness. Alcohols are prominent, but meld well with the sugar and hop profile. A nice bristling sharp brown sugar flavor develops. Kinda like a barleywine/american strong ale/imperial IPA. A bit sweet and little light on the flavor depth and complexity. The character is unique and enjoyable. Thanks John!
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
No way. hop cone. I ate it. medium brown, peach mango aroma, some smoked salmon. limes. citrus explosion! superb, almost tart. balanced from the aggressive leafy hops and heavy body.
after4ever (6237) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. vibrant, foamy white pour with a satisfying mmmmbloomp when the hop cone comes tumbling out. hop cone represent! burnished dark amber body with a sloshing, creamy white head. big sweet peachy nose, lots of citric floral notes. creamy medium body with plenty of active carb. sweet candied oranges, peaches, and a bit of tangerine on the mid palate...wonderful fruit sugar from the hop oils. long piney finish. delicious dipa.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep copper color, a bit cloudy/hazy, thick tan head. Hop and alcohol aroma jump out, citrusy hops. Up front hop flavor, not overpowering. Citrus, grassy, subtle malt sweetness. Medium-heavy body, bitter, no alcohol burn, not very bitter. Very nice! I expected an over the top DIPA, but this is somewhat balanced. The hop cone in the bottle is a cool touch.
nuplastikk (4671) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Extra points from the start with the actual hop cone in the bottle! Murky amber-brown, with a decent head that fades into an oily top layer of off-white. The aroma is pretty easy going, not so intense at all, maybe some deep orange vanilla syrup hoppiness. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, with a thick, malty backbone laced with a thick, bitter hop bite. Some mild caramel and toffee tones, with lots of earthy orange pine sweetness. A very solid IIPA all around, worth seeking out.