HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle via trade with sirpsycho. Lovely thick and cloudy deep orange pour, average beige lasting sticky/creamy head - good lace (4+). Balanced aroma - thick sweetish malt, plenty of acidic resin hop bitterness, a dry wheat/grain overlay - and some alcohol (not much). Taste - initially very malty, not too sweet but thick, then the strong resin/citrus hop bitterness kicks in and pitches a tent, and the alcohol shows up soon after to cadge a smoke and tell tall tales. Thick bodied, quite acidic, heavy malt backbone but the hop bitterness outlasts it in the fairly long finish - but for all that incredibly drinkable - reminded me of Arrogant Bastard, but way smoother, and a bit less malty.
deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Brian. Poured a clear orangish amber with a near white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was pine with a hint of citrus and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor had a strong pine note that was slightly dank with an earthy grain and bread backing.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: An intense IIPA but unfortunately a bit shy on the malt front. For the hophead only.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear golden body with a small off-white head
In long: Shy nose but very tasty, a recurrent theme at this brepub. Crisp sweetness half-honey half-caramel. Lots (and I mean lots) of hop bitterness. Pine needles juice up front with orange peels and grapefruit. Hard to take a big sip without making a face, this is a very bitter beer. I like when IIPAs push but with such an intense hops bill this one would have benefited from a thicker malt profile to bring some kind of balance and provide a place for the alcohol to hide (which was very apparent even at only 8.2%). Overall it is a pretty decent beer but somewhat overrated. But that’s American, everybody likes a Double Ds over in America. Not me, I’m pretty happy with a just a B. Hi Ruxandra!
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz) shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy orange-copper with an average size diminishing frothy white head. Big hop and malt aroma with lots of citrus hops and bready caramel malt along with some spices -- quite nice. Flavour of big citrusy hops, quite bitter, with just enough malt backing it up along with a bit of spice, some alcohol and fruit. Long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Very good stuff, I’d love to have it again.
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: A brilliant ruby and copper hue topped by a fading but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of grapefruit, clove and resiny hop vapours along with some caramel and bready malts. The taste starts with acidic fruit overtones of grapefruit and orange zest before heading off towards a mostly balanced malt base. There is a good amount of hop spice and herbs on the finish along with a dash of medicinal flavor. The mouth feel is sticky and medium to full-bodied with a dry astringent finish. A solid example of the style but hardly an enamel scrapper.
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on draft @ Otto’s brewpub, in the NeW location, in State College,PA .. . pours a very deep amber .. great lacing .. sap and crushed pine, bark .. . a touch alcoholic, long bitter finish .. . a dangerous beer .. . . i call this beer Devon.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from hopdog. Pours a hazy orange copper color with a nice big bubbly head. Aroma of bitter grapefruit and herbal hops balanced by nice toasty malt. Nice and hoppy, but not over the top bitterness. Grapefruit, pine, and herb (weed) with some toasty malt sweetness. A bit of vanilla and fruit comes through as well. Somewhat earthy lingering bitterness. Drinks well. A nice IIPA.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in a trade. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Big hop character earthy, floral, green, grassy, light citrus, and some tangy grapefruit. Good brew.
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 22oz bomber thanks to BA treyrab) Pours cloudy orange with nice oily bubbles. Nose of oranges, mangoes, pineapple. Taste of bitter orange peel, pineapple with a nice oily finish.
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4673-20120817] Growler. Mild orange hops aroma. Slightly hazy, amber orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Bitter orangey citrus hops flavour. Medium body. Delicious! (7/3/7/4/16) 3.7
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)