drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
smell is grapefruit and tangerine with some malt. wow! taste is huge hops and bitterness. some grapefruit, a lot of dank onion and some pine in there. i love how this coats your mouth wtih stinky, funky hops and bitterness. my tongue tingles. very nice!
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 YUMMY!
A lot of fruity hop aroma in this. Wow, such a sweet dry-hopped aroma. Damn. Dank and tangerine. It stings the nostrils. Sweet and malty, big back bone on this baby. Very bitter and resinous. Just a very off balanced, hoppy, mouthfilling and palate raping DIPA. Damn, good stuff.
Perhaps not the freshest example. Aroma is tons of passion fruit, oranges, citrus, sweet caramel.
Taste is piny, sweet, lots of fruit and a lot more malt than I expected, but it is 10.5 percent.
Finish is sweet, cloying bitterness, and lingers well.
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Voted by fly as "best beer to drown demons" - the ones that come from placing oneís father in assisted living. BITTER as a mofo. IN YOUR FACE and strong enough to quelch tears and stabilize (some) fears. Kept drinking it, kept liking it. My mind was racing through each and ever hop and euqting it with some fragment of my life - this one the old homestead being lost, this one my brother dealing with matters, this a picture from decades ago, this one my dead mother and so on and so forth until I suck the last lingering drop from the bottle.
Doug, canít thank you enough.
DocLock (8421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Turbid orangy copper pour with 1-finger off-white head and excellent lacing even through the repour. The aroma is huge; a mix of heavy hops, pineapple, mango, tangerine, honeydew, and caramel malt. This is perhaps the greatest beer aroma Iíve ever experienced, perhaps even rivaling Dreadnaught. The flavor is big hops and fruit, with a huge malt bill, and notes of tangerine, pineapple, mango, black pepper, and melon, in roughly that order of intensity. The palate is dense, complex, very well balanced. A smidgen more malt here would have made this a Perfecto Robusto. As it stands, itís one of the best IIPAs, and best beers, Iíve ever quaffed.
TheEpeeist (3499) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Murky brown that cleared with a thin balsa head. Pink grapefruit, caramel, toffee and roses. Yummy. Sticky with mild carb. Taste starts with a pine-orange punch; ginger-pepper bite. Smooths out, briefly, with lemon meringue. Bitter finish kicks in. Cucumber skins? HIdes itís 10% well but sure can feel it. Kick ass stuff.
alexsdad06 (6749) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a growler courtesy of bgburdman9 @ DLD 4/28/07. Thanks. Pours a clear amber color with a smaller off white head. The aroma is all hops, mainly citrus and grassy. The flavor is again full of hops: citrus, pine, and grass. The malt is more than strong enough to balance everything out. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Another great west coast IPA/IIPA.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured amber with off white head. Aroma of strong earthy hops. Flavor was much of the same with some citrus hints. Not as smooth as the yulesmith summer but still very good.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A profound hop experience is right! First off, gotta give a shout out to Joey over at SouthBayDrugs& Liquors.com for sending me a heavenly box of California Dreamin.
Now the beer.
Pours a dark amber color with some reddish tones. Smell is hops. From the moment you pop the cap until the empty glass. Lots of juicy hops. There are a lot of hops in this beer, but enough malt to provide the perfect backdrop for this massive beer. Plenty of juicy, grapefruity and citrus hops come through in the taste. The mouthfeel is bitter, tongue-numbing and quite pleasant, albeit strong. This should be the West Coast hop-bomb flagship. This was very enjoyable and had no problem finishing the bomber. Wish I had more.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Reddish amber pour with good head retention. Pretty clean. Ripe Ruby Red grapefruit nose mixed with lots of piney hops. Grilled pineapples in the tatse. Nice finish, a bit pithy.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RFD Pizza Port/Port/Lost Abbey tastin 6/20 - Itís hoppy(understatement of the day). I canít imagine what a 3+ hour boil would be like. But Iím assuming you get this