beerguy101 (5344) - Newark, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap at the 7th Annual Bistro Double IPA fest. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color, Small sized head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Medium bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Nice balance. Big double IPA with lots of hop flavors without being over the top with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Cask at The Linkery, San Diego. Pale orange cloudy beer. Aroma is huge and is full of dank wet piny hops. Sweet fruitiness and juiciness also hold up the rear, showing apricot, peach, pear and mango over a soft lean pale malt base. The texture is very soft allowing the hoppiness to completely wash over the palate, unobstructed by heavy carbonation. Sweet fruity hops, some wet leafiness with a touch of soft sweetness and even a bit of wheaty character. On the finish the sweet interplay of pale malt and tropical hops gives way to a moderate bitter character. A great IIPA.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap@ toronado orangey gold. leaves some love on the glass. citrus hop flavour, real bitter. a dance of flowerz on my tongue. real smooth but there is a bite of alc at the end.
danem (15) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours an orange yellow color, small white head from the tap. Grapefruit and piney citrus notes. Creamy mouthfeel. Great balance of hops with a mild malt support. A near perfect double IPA that doesnít go extreme.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - FEB 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very generously hopped ale, bitter and piney but mostly alcoholic. Not to many fruity o sweet flavors there. Mostly razor sharp hops, with a acidic finish. Lacked malts to balance it out.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Generously hand-bottled from Chris Quiroga. Didnít even realize this was a Double IPA until I looked! Aroma is rich citrusy hops with a touch of malt in back, lightly bitter with good pine and soft cheese. Pours with almost no head. Very very tasty stuff, hops are at once strong but soft, generously balanced and amazingly drinkable... as I said, I had no idea this was a double IPA... I figured more around 6%. Iím not really that crazy about IIPAs, but this one is very, very nice. Well done!
IrishBoy (4024) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Bistro DIPA Fest; Citrus hop nose; Slightly hazed amber with a medium white head; flavor of citrus hop bitterness. One of my least favorites from the Fest!
Sammy (10338) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit colour with white head, c-hop aroma. On-tap at Port Carlsblad.A good bitter mouth-puckering amount of hops, piney and some grapefruit-like and lemon acidity in the finish. Not bad for a double IPA. Refreshing and would have again in a bottle, maybe some day.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
orange amber color. Smell of malt, hops, apricots, orange zest, grass, grapefruit, caramel and spice. Taste of pine, hops, malt, salt, oranges, orange zest, wood and flowers. Wonderful bitterness at the end. Thanks brewblackhole for sharing this great IPA.
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Oíbriens on 1/19/07. Pours cloudy yellow with a thin bright white head. The aroma was extremely hoppy and piney with a definite wood feeling. There are trade offs always when beer is consumed in sequnce with other brews. I had this after drinking a pint of pliny the younger and in comparison this tasted thin. It is not thin I imagine but it tasted that way. Still this brew has a nice kick and is less hoppy but potentially more complex than pliny.