JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed copper color with a moderate sized beige bubbled head complete with a hop cone drift. Been awhile since Iíve had a dry hopped bottle. Huge citric and light pine aromas, along with plenty of carameland a hint of alcohol. Big flavors in many ways, not only from the hops and the malt but also a full power IIPA. Lots of caramel and bits of toffee. Nearly stay too sweet. Sweet grapefruit with a caramelized sugar coating. Hint \s of alcohol in the finish and into the linger. A bit warming. Some bits of smoke seem to work their way in. This around the fire pit on a cool fall evening, would be quite delightful.
ThirstyBird (2187) - DŁsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy reddish amber with an off white head. The taste is caramel rich fruit, christmas spice. The taste is dense caramel, rich fruit, somewhat dry ending. Medium body with average carbonation.
Erzengel (5501) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Many thanks to Rian for sharing. Nice idea of putting a hop cone into a bottle. The beer has a sweetish body with a subtle layer of hops, that could be a bit more intense. Floral hints with malty sweetness in the aftertaste. Nice bitterness, but way too less hop profile. Still nice.
bookman10 (731) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy copper with small head. Aroma has some floral and some fruit. Flavor is bitter, with some underlying biscuity sweetness. Some citrus flavor, but kind of cloying and almost syrupy. Not my favorite.
Christpuncher (1949) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
an intensely hopped IPA. was suprised to see a hop cone pop out as i was pouring myself a glass of beer. smells dank and hoppy and tastes malty with a bitter hop finish. pours copper in color with a white head. dont eat the hop cone.
TattooJack (280) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the warning labeled bottle, both bottles had hop cone inside (had put it in the freezer for 10 minutes and wondered how it froze so fast, then I realized it was the hop cone). Really good looking and tasting glasses of beer. Great taste and strong, extra point for the 9%. $8 for the 4-pack also gets points consideration.
flatmatt (1258) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle; no visible date. Pours a hazed golden orange amber with an off-white head. Spicy hop aroma, honey biscuit. Honey and spicy, grassy hops with a hint of pine. A bit of age on it. Still holds up fairly well.
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewpub, snifter glass. (I later had some bottles of this as well, which had the hop cone inside. Cool!) Strongly hoppy aroma with notes of pine, resin, fresh, herbal, leafy tones and florals, very dank overall with very light toasted malt in the background. Medium-dark copper in color with a very fine, uneven head and sparse lacing. Flavor is a veritable hop explosion, with plenty of green, leafy, piney character, some faint citrus and earthiness but really just as fresh as can be, with more than adequate bitterness and a mild malty presence, some toasted caramel and honey to be found amidst the hop onslaught. Body is full, mouthfeel is effervescent and oily, quite a heft to it. This is a substantial beer indeed. Very nice!!
demmbonz (666) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle to snifter. Label says bottle MAY contain hop cone. Mine didnít. Tastes like pine and grapefruit. Very sweet but overly bitter hop bite.
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, hasa whole hop cone in it which was a neat touch. Unfortunately it was a sugar diabeetus bomb. Cloying, meh.
Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle w/ Hop Cone - Well - I thought it was a fun concept to try. Once. Some people probably find it to be a gimmick - but either way : The pour is murky golden caramel with a modest off white head into this glass. It pours on the slow side because the hop cone tries to block the pour - Perhaps this isnít a brilliant idea afterall. Retention is average, with light spotting present. For fun - I pulled the hop cone out as well and let it rest on top of this foamy sea. The nose is somewhat striking - itís oily, dank, mild tropical, with pine needle presence and light caramel. The flavor profile shares that feeling - it is somewhat striking - at least somewhat different, which I attribute to the hop cone. However ; for an IIPA - itís just lacking in some avenues. Bittering pine needle, light citrus, caramel and biscuit presence - itís dank for sure. And it does mellow here as well. Unfortunately, i find that the malt backbone is lacking, somewhat, which leads to the finish fading into some sort of obscure feeling, overall. Ah well.