Narnad (1517) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opened a bottle and greeted by a pungent fresh earthy/orange/grapefruit nose. When pouring, a big chunk of something came out. Having not read the warming label, I figured there was something growing in the brew, turns out it was a couple of hop cones. Flavor has a very nice balance to it. Strong hops flavors starts off giving a pungent bitter punch early but as the bitterness subsides, notes of orange and light mango come into the tasting. Malt is there but adds just a touch of sweetness as the hops does 90% of the flavors. Body is modest, low but finely carbonated and finishes with a tongue puckering bitterness. Overall a really good brew. The hops chosen for this brew work magnificently well together providing a slightly sweet, strong bitterness.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed on tap at Palmer Place. Served in a snifter.
A: Pours a dark amber color with some raspberry highlights. A yellowish foam forms on the pour and recedes to a thick ring. Some big splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Sweet malt body with some light citrus. Piney with some boozy notes.
T: Boozy alcohol notes up front with some pine and melon. A little citrus peel bitterness, but the alcohol is very in the forefront. Some pine and resinous notes as well.
M: Medium bodied with a little heft to it. Medium low carbonation.
O: Way too boozy, but it wasnít that bad overall. Probably wouldnít have again though.
Serving type: on-tap
BeerSquare (117) - - FEB 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very serious IPA that is just a little much for me.
Iíve had the version with the hop cone in and without, and I can say itís better without.
Thatís coming from a total hophead.
Itís just a little much. You canít get anything except hop bitter.
So, itíll satisfy any craving for that.
But to me it needs something more to be a great beer.
Frozer (240) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap at the local pub into a pint glass. Strong hop aroma. Nice head with lacing as its imbibed. The color is a medium amber. Flavor is excellent. In your face bitterness from the hops as expected. After taste is subtle but pleasant.
ccex (1170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was intrigued by the warning label on the label when I first saw these 2 weeks ago: "WARNING: Bottle may include hop cone". 2 bottles in the 4-pack had 1 hop cone each; one floating on top and the other sunken at the bottom. Pours a hazy orange amber with average off-white head, so it looks like a great IIPA. Taste is as bitter as expected, with some brief caramel sweetness in the middle. Aroma has the usual suspects of citrus hops, tropical fruit, and sweet caramel malts, but is rouined by something very earthy that I canít quite describe, but which reminds me of a dead mouse. The first bottle was horrible, and I thought perhaps the fact that I shook the hop cone out of the bottle and squeezed it before dropping it in my glass may have been the problem. The second bottle with no hop cone had the same flavor which ruins all the other goodness for me. and proved that the problem was not from the hop cone (although this might be a bad batch - bottles are undated). Other than that, Itís a good IIPA. Medium body, alcohol well hidden, slightly sticky mouthfeel blah blah blah. I really wanted to like this one, and would love it if it didnít make me think of my grade school janitor flushing the dead mouse I found down the toilet. Iíve only tried one IIPA worse than this (and that was from Minhas). Take out that one dominating foul taste, and Oíso has a winner. Iíd try this again only if I could get it fresh from the source.
rxeight (2323) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Gold pour. Very hoppy pretty bitter. Hop liquor taste. Prteey good. Bonus for hop floating in the beer.
brian60625 (745) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Luscious hop aroma and taste, as if youíre biting it straight from the vine. Orange appearance. Tamed sizzle mouthfeel that does a nice job delivering the big hop flavors. Light side of medium in body. Unnoticeable abv aspects despite the 9% levels. Overall, itís a self proclaimed hop blast thatís delicious, but be prepared to say goodbye to your tastebuds for an hour or two. Itís definitely worth a try, if you see it sitting on your storeís shelf.
Ratman197 (12562) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a hazy amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, candied orange, grassiness and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, candied orange and light grapefruit with a smooth dry lightly bitter lingering candied orange finish.
tmoreau (3423) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle with a cone obstructed pour to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a hazed amber hue, creamy, off white head foam that gradually developed a cakey nature, and rings & spots of clingy lacing. The aroma was pungently fragrant, offering initial sweetness, a hint of yeasty stinkiness, citrus as orange/tangerine, and next some grassy, resiny earthiness, with the citrus still dominating. The flavor was smooth, tempering malt and expressive, deep, earthy hop bitterness that had a lingering, rind-like quality to it. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Had to chew on the cone, and was thankful that I did at the end, since it was quite astringently strong and almost hot on the tongue. Nice touch, though. Amarillo or Citra?
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark golden color w/ a thick tall foamy and sticky white head w/ some good lacing. Aroma is lots and lots of hops, comes off a bit acidic and piney some light fruits come through with hints of citrus, pretty unbalanced too the hop side and dominates the sense pretty quickly, not bad, but a bit too much of the acidic nature. palate is full well coated and lightly creamy with a sticky finish. Flavor follows the aroma dominated by an acidic astringent piney resinous hop flavor, follow up with some grapefruit, a touch of grass, and a tiny hint of sweetness with a warm swallow showing the alcohol off. Not a bad IIPA, but it could use a bit more balance.