gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy jdubfl. Hazy copper pour, sheets of white lacing on the glass, minimal head. Nose is big, soft citrusy aromas, with sweet malts, dry, with some apricot and peach. Flavor is sweet malt with floral hops, and finishes with dry, dark fruit. Very malty, and not so balanced. Kinda disappointing.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle opening burst of floral and light citrus hops. Very fruity. On glas pour, the malt underneath opens up and becomes known. Final result on the aroma is an earthen hoppiness with sufficient malt to suggest a sweet palate. Pours with a large white head that leaves some sticky lacing. Hue is bright clear orange. First taste has that sweetness I anticipated that is quickly overrun by bitter from the hops. First spicy and floral and then flat bitter. Feels great on the tongue and is refreshing though the alcohol is well documented.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Mostly transparent, honey gold colored pour with a slender finger of fizzy white head. Aromas of strawberry and mango hop notes on top of a honey sweetened malt base. Pleasant hop aroma, but some brash, solvent-like alcohol characters add some unpleasant harshness. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a slightly sticky texture. Somewhat on the sweet side, but forgivably so for a 10% beer. Flavors of honey sweetness combine with pithy pine and white grapefruit, along with some orange citrus, mango, and papaya tropical fruit notes. Heavy alcohol presence, which ruins the drinkability and overall enjoyment. Even after breathing for thirty minutes, the combination of overly aggressive hop bitterness and harsh alcohols render this undrinkable, which is a shame, as there are some characters I think I could really enjoy.
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours cloudy and golden with a small, fizzy, short-lived, white head. The nose is of tropical fruit, solvent, berries, toffee and pink cotton candy. Full-bodied and very thick and velvety with restrained carbonation. Fruity flavors of mango, grapefruit and other tropical fruits. The sweetness is held at bay by the Novocain-like, tongue numbing lupulin. Lengthy, bitter finish.
m4rest88 (381) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a murky orange dark hue with no head.
Aroma is very bitter, spicy with some dark fruits.
Hoppy flavor with a mediocre sweetness in the end.
Thich mouthfeel with light carbonation.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Nose is sweet hops and malt. Orange amber with a strong white head. Malt citrus, hops in the mouth. Lovely bitterness. Yummy.
hapjydeuce (924) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery release, also on tap at OBriens. I liked this one a bit less than the previous vintage. Still a great DIPA if its a favorite style of course. Pours hazy dark gold color with some generous fluffy head development. Aroma is very resinous, packed with high alpha acid varieties. Smells of pine needles, hop oil and grapefruit citrus. Flavor has a nice sweet malt base with orange citrus, more grapefruit, and a slamming bitterness. Nice full-bodied palate. Hot alcohol is present throughout. At 10% ABV it will get you going. Tasty.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a middling amber-copper color, half inch or so of off-white head that takes a while to clear. Aroma doesn’t show too much... heavy resinous hop notes, chunky malt sweetness. Flavor follows the nose down and underwhelming and ultimately disappointing path. Heavy, sticky resinous and citric hop character over top of lots of toasted caramel. Booze clearly present. Not much dimension to the flavor. Palate is thick and oily, with a distinctly boozy finish. Looking at the rating below mine- seems indeed to be more of an "East coast" style DIPA. And not an especially impressive one at that.
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As you can see, shared with Naven. I’ll agree. Like an Unearthly or 90 Minute. Heavier on the malts with astringent hop character. Pretty tasty.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Shared with Bartzilla. Way maltier than I expected. We both agreed it was somewhat akin to Unearthly. Seems more like an east coast brew, whatever that means. Still tasty, albeit a little different. Strong as fuck.