TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Binnys (Naperville, IL). Happy to see this, the apparent heir to Hop 15 (A great beer on tap, but a less than stellar bottle release). Pours a nice deep orange amber hue, well hazed, with a huge frothy tannish beige head, keeps very big and laces wel. Aromas are a big blast of citrusy hops, grapefruit and lemons intertwine with oranges, toffe, caramel, bread and biscuity malts. Touches of florals, melon, grass, and lively hopping of moderate bitterness killing out a more substantial malt body. Initial is fuller end of medium bodied, a pronounced hop bitterness up front lightens it up. Strong lemon, florals, grass, and grapefruit juice. Touches of sweeter malts thicken it up but give us some sweeter breads, toffee, and biscuits overall. A nice full bitterness, not deadened by age, instead still fairly fresh. Aromas is quite nice, hops are a bit harsh and lack the complexity to make it a true top tier DIPA on the palate, but overall it’s solid, a great strong bitterness and no age to tell. Hop strength is key. Strong solid bitterness, no age. lacks a bit from complexity of said hops, but maybe that’s just because there is a ton. Sweetness is kept at bay properly. Solid DIPA.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to drunkenpolak for sharing! Pours cat pee yellow with a large fluffy head. Cat grass aromas and floral like a fresh litter box. Flavors of fresh cat grass and pineapple, tangerine and mango. Purrfectly done. RIP Mongo
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, dare i say this is almost overhopped? Tropical hops and stinging bitterness. Very close to Pliny the Elder or Hop Stoopid. Yeast floaters everywhere, make it somewhat unappealing. All in all, quite a example for a IIPA
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottled March 16?, 2011. Pours hazy, cloudy orange/amber with a huge three-finger plus off white head that holds a persistent pillowy cap and leaves globs of sticky lacing. Beautiful.
Aroma is OMG! Gobs of ripe pink grapefruit, tons of pineapple, lemon and orange, lots of citrus, some dankness and cat spray scream Simcoe which I love. Incredible strength. Fantastic.
Flavor is almost like eating a fresh pink grapefruit, delicious, tons of citrus and I mean tons, pineapple, orange, lemon, tropical fruits, also a lot of dank resinous hops, even some pine, runs the gamut on hop flavors, minimal caramel/bready malt balance, the hops really shine here. Also intense bitterness & well masked alcohol. My kind of DIPA, low malt, low ABV (for the style), all hops. ::nomnomnom:: Absolutely fantastic.
Mouthfeel is medium, a touch sticky, medium to high carbonation.
I’ve been anticipating this beer for a while now and it was worth every second of the wait. I think I may have just found my new favorite DIPA as it fits my tastes PERFECTLY. I don’t normally buy many bombers but will make an exception for Mr. Mongo here. Oh, and I’m a cat person too, so extra bonus points there. :)
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to breaks808 for this one in trade. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is malt, light citrus, pine, and sap; light on malt, but big on hops. Holy West Coast IPA, Batman! Flavor is weak malt with a hint of citrus, pine, and sap. Light-bodied and ok overall; I am not a fan of the lightly malted IPA, but this one has some redeeming qualities.
tmoreau (2465) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber brought to a group tasting event. Poured a murky, orange/amber, with an abundant amount of billowy, off white head foam, and thick, clingy configurations of lacing. The aroma was a blast of resiny, catty hop, with a variety of citrus to follow along. The flavor offered hefty, but smooth malt to slightly corral the already boasting, and lingering hop bitterness. Adding diversion with some pleasant, malt sweetness, this brew finished assertively bitter and dry.
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly hazy amber, some light sediment(though loads of sediment left in the bottle, i was careful with the pour) big fluffy rocky white head, excellent retention crazy lacing... Tons of tropical fruits, papaya, lots of citrusy hops... Smells better than it tastes, more pine than expected, some citrus notes, very very dry finish... Not carbonated enough... Nice balance, good, not great...
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Julio’s.
Appearance : Slightly hazy amber with a creamy fluffy white head. Lots of lacing, long head retention.
Aroma : Great floral and leafy hops. Nice malt. Light spices and light alcohol. Great passion fruits.
Taste : Great malt with nice floral and leafy hops. Finish quite bitter and very hoppy.
Overall : Very nice stuff. Great hops, great malt. A little bit too warm on the finish maybe.
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Armin for bringing the bomber! Poured fairly clear medium golden with a well-retained, fluffy whitish head. The aroma picked up juicy mango, pine, and earthy hops over soft bready malts.. perfect balance. The flavor found bready and exotic fruity sweetness at the core, with quite bitter pine, mango, and pineappley bitterness around.. spicy and well-balanced.. long, warm, bitter finish. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation.. a touch grainy.. overall a fantastic beer!
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Grapefruit and spicy medley of hops. Pour is hazy pils yellow.