KyotoLefty (7112) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by KBL. Piney, grass hops with caramel. big, sweet malts, quite bitter. A rather old school double IPA that is pretty well done.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2710) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Bottles & Cans shared at WCBT. A cloudy honey amber pour with a big fluffy beige head. A sweet resinous aroma. The taste is sweet malty and hop bitterness, sharp pine bark and dankness. Really good stuff, while the bitter flavor is a sharp kick to your teeth the sweetness balances it out enough to make it quite a pleasurable beer.
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from unknown via Dean. Pours a slightly cloudy amber-orange, lots of off-white head. Aroma slightly resinous, spice, caramel. Body full and lively, finish immaculate, juicy and a lingering bitterness. Not bad, but maybe not deserving of the ratings.
daleharshman (964) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at Brothers Provisions in San Diego...whose beer buyer had brought a bunch of stuff back from the Chicago area in an RV (a hefty $15.00). Pours a dark amber-orange hue with two fingers of fluffy white foam. AROMA of sweet citrus, sweet candy (Jolly Ranchers of various fruit flavors), perfume-y plumeria flowers, canned pear (heavy syrup), and spicy hops. FLAVOR of big hops with notes of juicy pine, sharp grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit, resinous hops, all with a very sizable sweet-ish caramel malt backbone (turning much sweeter as it warms). Finishes with some lingering bitterness. The high ABV is somewhat detectable in both nose and mouth. Interesting DIPA -- packs quite a bitter hop punch but has a significant sweetness going on as well...enjoyable enough but perhaps could all be better nuanced, though maybe "powerful but sloppy" is what is intended here based on the imagery and the name. Would like to find a fresher bottle as I cannot vouch for the freshness of this one since it appears to have been made a few months back. (276, 908)
jackl (5368) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade. Amber pour with a tight head. Nose is very sweet. Caramelized mango. Toffee, candy corn and cotton candy. Some white onion and pine cone. Taste is quite bitter indeed. Pine needle, resin. Dried wood. Onion. Caramel. Full body, oily. Decent, but quite malty and sweet.
kkleu357 (461) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange body with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Big hop pine aroma. Lots of resin hop pine flavors. Not much sweetness or alcohol taste. Excellent beer.
Huhzubendah (2805) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to DLeep for hooking me up with this. Label art is ridiculous and awesome.
the beer is orange with an inch of white head. Aromas of fresh hops, tropical fruit, citrus, pine. Great flavor. It gets better as the beer warms a tad and opens up. Big on the palate, with some noticeable alcohol, but hop character is certainly the feature. Mango, pineapple, pine resin. Very good.
Vir4030 (553) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler on tap at the Oak Park Micro Brew Review.
Medium yellow with a thick white head. Mild aroma like a bit of alcohol. Sweet a bit bold and smooth.
thome50 (1176) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from late June release. Month and a half old so not SUPER fresh. This thing is either not that great of a DIPA or fell off a cliff. Pours a hazy orange with moderate white head. Aroma is peach, citrus, chocolate (?) and some heavy malt. Taste is an overly sweet, malty, peach forward DIPA. I did not know the ABV but it seemed rather high and I’ve now confirmed that. I’d love to try this fresh on draft or super fresh from the bottle as it has to be better than this.
chicagobears (430) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden pour with lots of unfiltered sediment into tulip glass. Nose is grapefruit and orange. It is a frangrant and upfront aroma. Condenscened sweetness with a bold lemony flavor. It is all well balanced. Not too complex but it is very well crafted. The lemon lingers on….