notalush (5398) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy glowing orange, sticky lace - it’s got your standard grapefruit heavy, pine hop explosion in the nose you’d expect from PP - some fusel alcohol underneath this - lightly sweet and tangy citrus up front, followed by extreme bitterness that builds until it eventually becomes astringent - strong alcohol in the finish amplifies this astringent quality - sticky caramel throughout - a touch of metallic character in the finish as well - some lingering earthy, herbal hop flavors underneath keep the finish from completely ruining the beer - another overrated IIPA - what a shock.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a fairly standard copper color with a one-finger tall, white head. Sticky lacing. The aroma was a blast of resiny pine hops with floral and citrus notes. Some softer sweetness. The flavor was pine and floral with a bit of sweet malts cutting through. Medium bodied with a bit of alcohol heated noted on the finish. Well made, kind of boring.
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. thin copper pour with thin off white ehad. malty hop bomb aroma. big and bold. rich malts with big bittery dry hops. warms the belly. awesome.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served cold from 22 oz bottle. Pours amber orange in color. Aroma is fruity. Flavor is marked by bitterness, but there is a full-bodied aspect to it that makes it more easily drinkable. Spicy, warm finish.
emacgee (4408) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2013 Thanks to todd for sharing. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a one finger frothy yellowish head. The nose is citrusy and fruity, some pineapple, very fresh and pungent hop aroma. Flavor is citrusy and resinous, waxy bitter/grapefruit rind, some mango. Palate is resinous with a bit more of a waxy bitterness than I’d like.
Re Rate June 2013
Pours a cloudy straw gold with two fingers sticky white head.
Nose is leafy and green with fresh citrus and tropical fruit. Sweet hops and a prominent but soft bitterness.
Nice citrus rind character and green hop flavor. Very zesty and dry with some fruity notes. Medium bodied.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Bottle. Hazy orange color with a lacing white head. Pine and tropical fruit dominate the aroma with a note of caramel in the background. Oily and resinous mouthfeel that is on the thinner side with a medium level of carbonation. Huge hop flavor with tons of grapefruit, pine needles and a bit of pineapple. Some bread yeast and caramel malt flavors are noticeable. A quick bitter streak cuts through the citrus flavor towards the end. Finish is a little hot, but also sticky and lingering. Decent, but lacks the wow factor of other san diego imperials.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by OldStyleCubFan at the Carolina Crew gathering - thanks, Todd! While certainly in the same wheelhouse as the 2nd Anniversary brew, I think this is a more successful and certainly more enjoyable version of the style. Whereas its predecessor was a weird combination of bubblegum and blowtorch heat, this brew is fruity, fresh, and relatively mild for the style. Handsome, full bodied, well balanced, a very nice DIPA.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Todd for sharing. Muddy light amber pour thick white head and drippy lace. Piney aroma. Grapefruit and piney hop flavors. Slightly resinous
Beaver (1472) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a murky tea color with a thin frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is piney fruity resiny hops - a little on the subdued side.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits followed by a big bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. There’s a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is kind of watery.
Overall, other than the mouthfeel, this is a solid DIPA. It’s well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Big grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and light darker malts. Medium-plus bodied. Decent bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with rich caramel. Has that Port/San Diego big sticky caramel backing.