douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Joe. Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge white head. A nice aggressive IIPA nose; sweet pine and massive fruity tropical notes. The flavor is a well balanced fairly dry fruity IIPA; some pine, bitterness in the finish, pineapple, oranges, sweet and very drinkable.
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Sam Horneís Tavern. Hazy orange golden pour with a fluffy white head. Head thins after a few minutes but laces well. Pine resin and grapefruit nose. Taste is strong pine hops followed.by a Trix cereal fruity malt cereal flavor. The tastelingers extreremely long on the palate fading into a bitter residue. Full bodied but quite drinkable. Another full flavored hop monster from this great brewer. Mongo would be proud!
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours yellow with a large white head. The aroma has toasted malt, lemon, vanilla, and a hint of amonia. The flavor has lemon, honey, grapefruit, grass and toasted malt. Nice.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours murky tawny/orange, thick off-white head, sticky lacing, approaching phenomenal. Nose is massive mandarin orange, persimmon, pine, lovely malt notes coming through as well. Flavored of grapefruit, navel oranges, nice bitterness, very spicy and soapy towards the finish, which finishes leafy. Very flavorful and balanced IIPA, one of the better examples of a style that I am starting to tire of. Still a great brew.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Bold lychees and oranges leap from this Double IPAís plump mouthfeel, leading to sustained resinous bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Generous foam laces atop the hazy golden, soon muddled by the prevalent chunkiness found at the bottom of the bottle.
-Malts offer more body than flavor, which isnít necessarily a problem for the style, imho.
-The finishing hoppiness is rough and simple, but it remains highly enjoyable if you like the style.
-The soft effervescence and cuddly residual sugars produce a soothing mouthfeel for such a strong ale.
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
220z bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head. Very heavy carbonation with a fair amount of sediment floating around. Aroma is of citrus, hops, grapefruit, caramel, and malt. Taste is of juicy and bitter citrus hops, caramel, and grapefruit. The hop flavor isnít as strong as I had anticipated. Heavy malt base to it too. Lingering taste of bitter hops. Very easy to drink. Nothing spectacular, but itís worth a try.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Attractive copper orange pour with three fingers of tight bubbled head that dissipates but leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Huge floral and tropical fruit nose. Same in the flavor with substantial bitterness in the front palate, caramel in the mid and dryness in the back. Slight creamy mouthfeel.
Macegan75 (708) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque orange brownish color with slight head and lacing. The nose is sweet smelling with fruity ketones and slight esters. The first sip is the not like th nose at all. Big hop bitterness but very nicely balanced with a slight bready quality that quickly goes to a citrus hop finish. Nice beer.
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Cloudy orange/amber color. Aroma of fresh hops, grass and resin. Flavor has a hint of malt, dominated by sharply bitter hops. Pine resin and citrus, its all West Coast. Not very strong for a Double IPA or malt strong either. Loads and loads of grassy hops. Whoo.
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drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2011 22oz bottle, just arrived in Chicago. Pours hazy orange-amber with big foamy white head. Nose has faded citrus and cat pee hop notes some oxidized malts. Flavors are stale oxidized malts, citrus, mango, cat pee, damn just not crisp and fresh like it should be. Damn Iím a sucker again.
Tap at Haymarket,
Pours hazy golden with white head. Nose is nice and fruity but nothing huge, lemon and oranges. Flavors have orange and grapefruit rind. Booze on the backend. Good but nothing special.