zizzybalubba (1563) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barleyís Taproom and Pizzeria in Asheville, NC. Dark copper colored pour with an impressive, dense off-white head. Tangerine, grapefruit, and sweet caramel malt aroma. One of the most perfectly balanced flavors of any DIPA Iíve run across; tangerine, a hint of roses, and caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden at first but is detectable at the end of the glass. Excellent overall.
tmongoose (1545) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark orange color with off white head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Hop hop hop aroma of citrus and some pine. Flavor is a bold malt backbone with the big oily hoppy of citrus and pine. As it warms the flavors become more pronounced. Really a very good beer.
italarican (1516) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Pisgah during RBWG. Dark amber pour. Fairly resinous with a bit of caramel. A touch of medicinal cough syrup notes, although not as bad as that sounds. Definite pine and spruce in the finish. Not much other hop stuff going on. Quick fading finish that falls a bit flat. Past its prime.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks Sam! - Pours a clear orange with a large off white head...aroma is floral hops, some grapefruit and caramel malt...flavour is fairly standard IIPA, odd bitterness present, finish was nicely void of any alcohol bite...decent...
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a great beer at all, not terrible, I wouldnt buy it again. I was expecting substantially more. triple ipa? tasted like a decent ipa.meh
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Cloudy deep amber/mahogany color. One finger of creamy beige head with below average retention and moderate amounts of lacing.
4.0 S: I think this is supposed to be a DIPA, but itís listed as an American Strong, which is exactly what it smells like (or perhaps an American Barleywine). The strongest aromas is caramel and there is a lot of it. Next, there are orange and pine hops. The non-crystal malts come off as bready with some yeastiness in there as well.
3.5 T: Taste pretty much puts this beer into American Barleywine territory. Thereís a healthy bitter backbone in this, but not a whole lot of hop flavor. This is reminiscent of fresh Old Ruffian. Anyway, plenty of caramel with biscuity malts to accompany. Hops are again dominantly piney with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier.
3.5 D: This is an okay beer, but it fails to deliver what it promises. It just isnít that hoppy in terms of hop flavor. Thatís not much of a problem, but it also wasnít that great of an American Strong or American B-wine. Worth a try, but not another round due to price.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-07-2010 04:38:16
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.
GTAEgeek (1390) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In a flight on tap at the taproom. Pours clear gold, with a small, off-white head. The aroma is very resinous and herbal, with notes of straw, wet grass, and some light peat. Very bitter up front, with a fairly good balancing malt profile, leaving it mouth-puckering, yet drinkable. Medium to heavy body, astringent and dry, with a clean, crisp finish. I usually look for lots of aromatics in an IPA, specifically citrus and floral, but the aroma here is strong, but unpleasant. From the description, this aroma seems to be what they were shooting for, but it donít really appeal to me.
mephisto (1273) - TAIWAN - OCT 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewery. Clear amber with off white head. It has big candy aroma and dense sugary flavor. Sort of cloying aftertaste.
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brought a bottle home from Bruisiní. Solid DIPA, very bitter, slow drinking. But not what I would consider a top-tier DIPA.