GarrettB (850) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve never sat under an iconic green library lamp and studied the official BJCP guidelines, and Iíve never been one to hold beer styles and definitions close to my heart. I am not a valiant defender of the descriptions weíve used to fence the proverbial Marxian sheep into their strict guidelines, and have never suffered the revolutionary pangs of a beer unwilling to sit in one style or another. But I am a great fan of patterns and recognizing them, and am a product of an education system that, at the very least, helped me learn to love the pattern. Hereís one pattern: double IPAs are sweet. It would be mendacious of me to claim I know why or whether double IPAs are sweet. But I do know that they are regularly sweet, and it seems to be a hard habit of theirís to kick. And yet here is a double IPA that desperately lacks sugars. The Pike Double IPA is a rough IPA, and kicks like a mule on the way down, but feels much closer to a typical American IPA than it does a Double IPA. The aroma features dominant notes of minerals and a nice, crisp slice of apple, with a slightly more complicated flavor on the tongue - lots of metallic notes, lighter touches of floral hops, but an uneasy flatness in the mouthfeel and a lazy palate. The hard edge of alcohol mutes what flavors there are, leaving a high alcohol and moderately hoppy IPA with little else vouching as flavor. No doubt the BJCP guidelines say nothing about Double IPAs being sweet, and purists will bristle at my lazy dismissal of a proper review of the guidelines, but even considering that, this is a flat and unexciting beer - drinkable, yes, but featureless too.
PhilJackson80 (180) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz Bomber. The beer pours to a dark copper color with a thick off white head. The aroma is very strong with floral, resin & alcohol scents to it. The taste is medium body with a slightly bitter finish. This is a very smooth DIPA. Overall it is a very good DIPA.
Westchesterco (683) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle clear golden with slight head the aroma is of citrus the taste is citrus with a slight bitter flavor.
Iphonephan (2265) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy copper with an off white head. Fruity hop nose. Soft and smooth mouthfeel. Flavors pine and citrus with caramel undertones. Nice.
ABUSEDGOAT (2169) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, spicy hops, some caramel. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness.
KegOstertag (87) - - AUG 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank in tulip glass poured from bomber from alaska. Aroma - not much of an aroma clean scent. Not heavy on hop aroma. Appearance - beautiful glowing orangish red. Burnt rubber color. Taste - boom. Fantastic. So smooth and tasty with just enough bitterness. Loving it. Palate - nice bitter finish. Overall - very very enjoyable. One of my favorite DIPAs.
Dodgrblu (471) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce pour at the brewery, extremely muddy pour, flavor hides the alcohol well.
jmagnus87 (2051) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared by madbeerbaron. Thanks ben. Pours amber wit a half finger of off-white head. Aroma of citrus and grapefruir. Taste is on the sweet side. Big caramel kick in the face but ends with a decent citrus zip. Overall, pretty good. I would drink it again.
madvike (2403) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by madbeerbaron...thanks Ben! - Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Nose is malty and sweet with a bit of dank, grassy hops. Thick and sweet flavor with a grassy, spicy hoppiness. Slick and thick in the mouth with medium carbonation.
cbfobes (1942) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber shared by Ben, pours a clear amber with a thin head, the aroma was of straight malt and caramel, maybe just a little bit of hops mixed in there, but way sweeter than I was expecting. The flavor is much of the same, big malty front end with a sweet finish with a touch of hops, not bad by any means, just not the nice hoppy iipaís I look for.
nuplastikk (3832) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy of the MadBeerBaron. Orange-tan body, oily head. Delicate grapefruit aroma. Smooth on the palate for a IIPA. Toasty golden malt. Soft fruity hop tones. Quite nice.