GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 651mL thanks to peteinSD. Wildly fresh bottle. A hazy gold to yellow pour is a massive, rocky, creme head with sheen retention. 360 sheety lace. Nose is outstanding: lemon coconut pie, peach ice cream, butterscotch, ultra dank tropical melon hops, no cheese, no nuts, no pine, no resin. All fruity tropicals with cantaloupe, pineapple, peach schnapps. Taste is resiny, piney, salty, lots of butterscotch piling on with nutty bitterness on the palate. Little to no alcohol presence. Not as silky as super fresh Sculpin and not a pineapple explosion like fresh Pliny the Elder, but I have some strange love for Wipeout, Hop 15, and this. Mongo comes across in taste profile as much more bitter and resiny. Really not hiding the 80-100+ IBUs. You could argue Tommeís real talent is with beers like these and Old Viscosity and not necessarily with the crazy, wild stuff. Though those are the most interesting; these are top notch everyday beers you donít have to stand in line for early in the morning.
gorditoabd (606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster. Pours a dark amber. Aroma of sharp grapefruit and pine. Taste is good, matching the nose, but heavier and clunkier than I was hoping. Good dipa, but not really my cup of tea.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/17/10. golden pour with a 1/4" white head. citrus nose with some dank hops. big body with an aggressive citrus hop bitterness. huge bitter finish. another one all about the hops - very citrus hop forward beer.
Svesse (5660) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at GBBF, London Earlís Court, 5 Aug 2010) Golden amber colour with brief, white head. Fruity, malty nose with dried fruit, orange and dried apricots. Fruity, malty taste with notes of citrus, orange marmalade, dried apricots and a generous citrussy bitterness. Full body, quite sweet. Very nice and tasty beer with an impressive hop character and malt to back it up.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earlís Court 05/08/2010
Big fruity pine aroma. Amber golden coloured and very hoppy with a fruity pine flavour. A hint of dryness in a bitter and nutty malt finish.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at GBBF 2010, 5th Aug 2010. Amber. Quite flat palate. More of a full fruit salad nose than the Stone Emperial Iíd just tried - definite pineapple and lychee notes. Similar flavour to the preceding beer though, lots of resin, citrus and warming alcohol. Perhaps a bit tired by this point in the day - didnít feel like it was in perfect condition.
madmitch76 (12102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5th August 2010. GBBF.
Hazy gold beer. Little white suddy head. Light semi dry palate. Very hoppy but surprisingly not that bitter. Grapefruit, pine grass, orange, peach - itís all going on here. Finishes dry. Nice IPA. Lots of hop flavour. Very little hop bitterness.
oh6gdx (19631) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@GBBF2010. Goldeny orange colour with small head. Aroma is fruits, some caramel malts as well as mild grassy and floral notes. Flavour is fruity, wooden, earthy, grassy and floral along with some sweet and bready malts as well. Rather bitter, but wellbalanced.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the Abbey. Pours a dark copper color with no head (typical growler pour). Nose is heavy on pine with a little citrus pollen. Tastes sweet up front with some tropical flavored hops and pine needle flavors that are quickly subsumed by a sharp, dry, grapefruit bitterness. The malt flavors are definitely present in the background, but donít stand out other than lending a little sweetness to balance all the hops. The mouthfeel is oily with a resinous character and a strong carbonation. Ends on a short bitter note that leaves some stickiness on the tongue. Overall a pretty tasty and drinkable IIPA.
Sean9689 (257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Review from notes from way back in April. Growler shared by me.
A - Pours with two fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing. The body is a hazy golden yellow with orange hue in color.
S - A bunch of pine and citrus, not much malt notes.
T - Big hoppy notes, some pine, slight malts.
M - Medium, oily, slightly dry finish.
D - Pretty darn good, but not quite on the level as other WC DIPAs.