Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy of Dr. Bill. First 2/3 of the bottle pours pretty clear. The bottom one-third is sludgey. My sample came from that 1/3 so that’s most likely affecting my rating. Aroma is soapy. Also basil, mint tea, and forest smells. My sample is phenolic and slightly acrid in the back of the tongue. Not in its best form.
thedm (5207) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Indy gathering 2005. This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy of unnoted size long lasting white colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was hazy and orange brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of strong thick hops. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering slightly tingly aftertaste. Its flavor contained mostly hoppy notes. It was also thick and good.
heemer77 (5198) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Recieved in a trade with JohnC. The body is a dark orange that is clear. The aromas, the smells are fantastic. Rich oranges and a little bit of caramel. As it warms, you get a kiss of pine. The taste is rich orange sherbert. There is also some pine and peanuts. I detect a little bit of bitter toffee. It is very smooth for the amazingly rich and complex flavor. A masterpiece of a double IPA.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy amber colour with a large dense off white head, Hoppy, fruity aroma with pine notes and a light malty sweetness. Flavor starts malty and sweet, then the hops kick inn with a solid bitterness and fruity and floral notes. Loong dry and bitter finish with pine notes. Thanx to sk8viking for sharing this great beer.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Tom. Bronzed color with a light beige head and decent lacing. Aromas of mild herbs, and plenty of hops (some hopsack with is good). Mild malt undertones make me wish for more. Dry flavors of malt, honey and nuts. Seems a bit more traditional as far as IPAs or IIPAs go. A very dry example. Haven’t decided if it is good or bad yet. I long for a rerate.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light hazy deep gold with a nice sticky head and good lace. Aroma is piney, harsh, citrus, herbal and lightly metallic. Flavor mildly metallic, harsh citrus and piney hops, grassy finishes with a sweet sticky malt. Finishes a bit metallic, and has a wierd high carbed mouthfeel. Pretty good from what I remember on tap, but the bottled version seemd not up to par, but also could have been old.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Peppermint, menthol, honey and pine/orange C-Hops in the nose. Opaque orange-tan with thin white head that diminishes to ring. Sweet, minty, malty flavour underlies assertive hop flavour. Aggressive bitterness detracts slightly from the flavour. Very strong carbonation but heavy syrup-like mouthfeel. Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
ClarkVV (4444) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 2004 bottle, mailed to me on pure generosity by Footbalm! Thanks, Eric! Before even pouring, you can see that the bottle is lightly hazy. In a tulip glass, it appears very reddish-orange, with some peach/rose hues and a fleeting off-white head. Lightly hazy and not heavily filtered (thank god). Smells pretty standard; lightly toasted malt, some residual sugars, hints of caramel, highly floral hops (as opposed to heavy citrus). Flavor starts with fruity hops (juicy pear, apple, orange, peach) and a decent dose of dry caramel and toffee. So far so good. As I smell it now, more citrus is coming through than before. Lightly earthy notes break through as well, like hacking through thickly overgrown underbrush in the midst of the rainy season. It starts to get excessively bitter, but the sweet honey maltiness keeps it down. I won’t say my favorite Double IPA, but it is not terribly unbalanced and quite juicy and flavorful. Good if you are in the mood for hops.
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to jsquire for sharing. Very small off-white head that quickly dissipated with sparse lacing, murky, no visible carbonation, and a deep golden hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy and citrus nose and ditto for the flavor. Tingly and dry mouthfeel. Medium body. Not my favorite style, but I did enjoy this one.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled with egajdzis and eyedrinkale after the Philly gathering, courtesy of the latter. Cloudy, bright light copper...massive fruity nose, mostly citrus with a bit of apricot and pine. Fruity flavor, again mostly orange-grapefruit, clean, well-balanced, but for me lacking in the last degree of excitement. Rather light-bodied.