talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 Wonderful pour - translucent, coppery, orange color with notable sediment and an off-white, very full, dense, creamy head which leaves a rocky, creamy layer and leaves drippy/sticky lace all over. The nose is wonderfully juicy and full of Columbus; tropical fruits (kiwi, mango), tangerine, resinous, floral, and hints of rustic. The flavor is very similar with tangerine and white grapefruit more prominent, some kiwi still, a very high bitterness starting resinous but turning rustic and almost herbal in the finish, pine in the middle. The palate is medium to full, sticky/creamy/oily mouthfeel, and a nearly lively carbonation. The beer finishes long, dry, and still very bitter with lots of Simcoe rustic, almost herbal, and lingering kiwi notes. To be honest, these unbalanced, drying hop bombs are not my favorite examples of the style, but this brewery always seems to use a balancing combination of high citrus or fruity hops. Maybe the most bitter beer I have tried, or damn close, but the use of Columbus and Simcoe (2 of my favorite high AA hops) really creates pleasant hop flavors to counteract the intense dryness and bitterness, and without much malt presence to speak of. A very straight forward, bitter, big hop IIPA but nearly no alcohol noted and certainly one of the more intriguing hop monsters out there. LA/PP is/are awesome. I had to try this again to make sure that I really liked it as much as my rating suggested... Turns out, it was better than I had originally thought. Like I said, this type of IIPA usually is a miss for me, but the combination of the juicy citrus notes, the addition of tropical fruits, and combination of everything created something I have yet to try. In this style of IIPA, there is no equal, PERIOD.
osu97gp (649) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a very large white head. Aroma of pine & citrus/grapefruit hops with some sweet malts. Flavor is massive pine & citrus hops with some sweetness. Very bitter all the way through with almost no hint of alcohol.
ChainGangGuy (4374) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce pour - $5.00 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.
Appearance: Delivered to the table a delicately hazed, light copper-hued body with an inch of spumy, white foam.
Smell: Thin scaffold of pale malted barley atop which bright hoppy notes of white grapefruit, pith-packed lemon, pine needles, and orange peel rest.
Taste: Modest pale maltiness, subdued in taste, with a light, fast flourish of simple syrup sweetness. Strong push of citrusy hop character, following through with the fruity notes from the nose, as well as a good bit of resin-coated pine. Medium-high bitterness. Some noted alcohol warmth on the portions of the tongue not numbed by the cumulative hoppiness. A little citric acid. Finishes quite dry with a longstanding bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Amply carbonated.
Overall: Yep, it’s a hop-bomb DIPA, alright, solid for what it is.
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by MatSciGuy! Hazy orange pour, little carbonation, and an aroma of fresh hops. Flavor is tons of pine, bitters and a tiny bit of citrus on a very dry finish. This one had a really strong and lasting bite, very good (and unique.)
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/4/11. Pours a cloudy amber-orange with three fingers of foam. Lots o carbonation and lacing. Nose is full and resiny. Bright, floral, and sticky hops get rounded out by a rich malt. Pineapple and mango. Very good balance here. Full bodied but the mouthfeel is made lighter by the carbonation of which there might be a bit too much of. Hops are a little subdued on the palate. Still nice and resiny but the rich malt drowns out some of the lighter hop flavors I like. Orange peel and grapefruit. This is an outstanding DIPA. Maybe even a great one.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Port has a knack for IPAs and this is right up there with Wipeout. Pine, earthy, slightly grassy, and citrus hop aromas. The taste has more of the same with some resinous, caramel undertones. Heavy bitter finish that doesn’t overpower the palate. I will be drinking more of this soon.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with white head, thanks Levi. Big pine, resinous, with notes of caramel. Taste is pine, some citrusy notes with tropical fruit coming through, with a nice big bitter harsh finish. Very nice brew, big, intense, but balanced.
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber to snifter. Pour is hazy orange with a big white frothy head that leaves a sticky lacing. Aroma is big citrus grapefruit and pine very fresh smelling. Taste is more big citrus and grapefruit pine (very bitter, awesome). Palate is medium and sticky and nice and dry. Awesome!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Pale caramel, orangish, thick haze, dirty and lots of sediment, huge frothy white head, very sticky lacing.   Big resiny nose, hoppy, big citrus peel.   Smells HUGE!   Resiny start, hoppy, loads of citrus peel.   Could stand to be a bit maltier to balance it out, but its not over the top bitter either.   This would be a hop heads delight for sure!   Despite not having huge malty body, its fairly full bodied.   Sticky, resiny, and hoppy!   Lingering resin and citrus rind.   If you want a nice IIPA that isnt overly malty that seems fairly fresh, this is it!   Very enjoyable and bright.
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice IPA, but nothing all that outstanding about it. The beer poured a copper color with a thick and bubbly off-white head. The nose prominently featured plenty of hops, pine and citrus, as did the flavors. The malt profile was just enough to give the beer a nice balance. But this really tasted like a whole lot of other double IPAs I’ve tasted in the past. The Mongo didn’t really feature anything to set itself apart from any of the other average doubles.