Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of jyounger30 – thanks Jay!. Pours a hazy medium amber with a 3 finger foamy beige head that lasts and leaves nice lacing. The nose is sweet caramel malt and ripe citrus. The taste is caramel, ripe citrus and a nice resin bite in the finish. Medium bodied. Better than I thought it would be. Thanks again Jay!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours an orange body with a white head. Strong astringent hop aroma with a paper citrus character and a herbal earthiness. Very soapy this is likely the victim of heat or light. Eh.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber via a trade from Keith. Pours a nice deep orange/red with a huge, puffy off-white head. Aroma is some caramel mat balanced nicely with thyme, pot (seriously), and lots of other herbal qualities. Begins heavy on the caramel malt in the mouth, followed by a pleasant bittering sensation. Too heavy on the malt in my eyes, but the balance is there and it’s kind of nice. Interesting contrast from the malt to the fizzy, bitter hops that is unusually extreme.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: 22 oz bottle at a tasting.
Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a one finger off white head.
Aroma: Pine hops with some spiciness. Caramel malt. Hint of citrus.
Flavor: Caramel malt base...almost too sweet. Pine and citrus finish.
Palate: Medium/full bodied with solid carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.
Overall: A bit too sweet with the caramel malt. Would prefer a bit hoppier, and less sweet.
mar (4984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. murky amber pour with a cream head. aroma of caramel and some bitter hops. very nice on the palate with a bright, citrusy hop flavor and a caramel finish.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2010 (22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cereal, florals, orange, earth, caramel, herbal, and apricot. Flavor of hops (pine, floral, earth, grass, orange), bread, and caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bruisin’ ales. Hazy amber pour, fluffy off white head and thick drippy lace. Resinous citric hops on the nose. Caramel up front with a citric hoppy finish
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful golden amber color on the pour with about an inch of head. On the nose you get hops, a bit of citrus and a nice floral aroma that every double ipa should have. On your palate you have hops, citrus and a bitter but crisp finish to it. Great lacing of the glass and stays around on the palate just like it should.
blutt59 (6097) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye, orange amber color with good foam, aroma of hoppy malt, flavor has a good caramel malty hoppiness, finish is a little too bitter metallic, I did come back to this later
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a huge, creamy off-white head that stays over a clear amber body. Aroma of hops, mango, apricot, light citrus, caramel and a touch of sweet, [unreadable]. Taste is quite bitter with apricot and candied fruit. Very nice bitterness. Light bubbles and a syrupy mouthfeel.