Darkmagus82 (1977) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-21-14-
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a very hazy orange amber color with a tiny white colored head. The head fades super-fast leaving only a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a bready and sweet fruit aroma with most of the fruit being of a tangerine and orange aroma. Along with the tangerine and orange are some other fruit aromas of tropical fruits with some mango and papaya there as well. Being a triple IPA, as would be expected there is a good amount of hoppy smells as well. The hop aromas are heaviest of a bitter grapefruit smell, but other smells of lighter pine and earthy aromas are there too.
Taste – The taste begins with a thick bready flavor with lots of sweeter tropical fruit flavors of tangerine and a bit of mango. Right at the start there is a big grapefruit hop flavor which blasts the tongue with bitterness. The grapefruit grows even stronger as the taste advances bringing even more of its bite to the tongue. As this occurs more fruit flavors come to the tongue, sweetening the brew up a bit, with all the while with the bready flavors growing slightly less intense. As these transitions occur, so too comes some other hoppy flavors of a resinous pine taste and a little bit of an earthy and hay-like flavor. While quite resinously and bitterly hopped, the sweeter flavors balance these out quite nicely and with some very light hints of booze hitting the tongue (for a 10.8 % abv. brew that is) one is left with a rather pleasant, quite hoppy ,flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for the big bitter and resinous hop flavors of the brew as well for making this one a good slow sipper of a beer as it should be.
Overall – Big, hoppy, resinous, slightly boozy, but still sorta smooth and quite drinkable. A nice big sipping IPA. Rather well done.
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy golden with rimming white head. Peach and citrus nose. Slight litter box. All citrus and honey, bitter and clean. Crazy yummy.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap->chalice: pours a spare, white head atop a murky, dark amber body. Strong hop aroma and sweet caramel. This sweetness translates into taste as well with a bitter end. The flavor’s duration is very long and exhibits a heavy body.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Otto’s. Cloudy orange/gold with a foamy off white head. Excellent dry hop aroma of citrus and pine with some caramel and a bit of spicy yeast scents. There is a good amount of sweetness in the flavor but the bitterness is very strong and balances out the malt nicely. The alcohol was barely noticeable in this one which is dangerous considering the 12%abv. Medium body with average carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. Was told this was a Belgian style IIPA from the waitress but didn’t really get that, maybe a tiny bit of Belgian yeast in the aroma. Regardless, this was another excellent beer from Otto’s.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at brewery. Bright orange, thin white head. Fruity nose of orange, grapefruit, and light pine. More pine and orange in the flavor, also some sugary caramel. Thick, sticky, and perhaps the saltiest beer I remember, a combination that leaves it rather tough to finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a hazy orange-amber with a small orange-white head. The aroma was very strong pineapple, pine and resin - sweet and incredible. The flavor was very strong pine and resin with light grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. There was a sour, bitter and malty middle iwth a long piney and fruity hop finish. Thick and intense. Excellent.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft tonight at Otto’s followed up with a growler. Pours chill hazy coppery with 1-finger off-white head and nice lacing for a beer this big. Nose is Simcoey hops, caramel malt, tropical fruit, female feety cheddar cheese. Tastes rich, very malty, very resiny hoppy, with tropical fruit, tangerine, mango, heavy Simcoey notes. Tastes a bit like a souped up Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, with some late heat. As Darwin stated, incredibly potent, and makes an incredible statement throughout. I love Double D, and this one is a big brother of DD. Rock solid. By the way, this one weighs in at a gargantuan 12% ABV.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Ottos Pub and Brewery (which, by the way, has lovely coasters). Scored a few sips off my Adrian. Pours a dark copper with orange undertones and a beige head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, caramel, citrus and hops. Flavour is similar to the aroma. It was "ehh... alright".
adrian910ss (2419) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Ottos. Pours a dark rusty orange copper with a medium beige head. Aroma of piney resin, butter notes, grapefruit and floral hops. Taste of piney resin, grapefruit, orange citrus, caramel and floral hops. Slight alcohol detected in aftertaste. A bit too much !!!!
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 On tap at the brewpub. Dank, crystalline hop resin. Absolutely lemony, catty, bud-like and intense. This is concentrated! Wooo. Pure hop juice. Pours a slightly hazed interesting darker amber orange color, with a well soapy and heavily lacy off-white head. Flavor is just as rich and dense as the aroma, leaning towards a crackling bright electric candied lemon peel flavor. This has a very distinct Triple IPA flavor profile that is similar to Founder Devil Dancer and every other "Triple IPA" I’ve ever had. It’s a unique combination of high alcohol, super intense hop densities, and sweetness. The alcohol is forward but meshes well with the resin quality of the beer. If any beer could be "sticky" in the weed sense, this is it. This is damn right resinous. Absolutely electric with hop flavor. The body is incredibly balanced and I never felt overwhelmed by the sweetness, it just meshed in with the beer. This has a character of light caramelized crackling candy. Fresh. Potent, incredibly stuff.