Sammy (9240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A DIPA worth trying. Orange amarillo fragrant hops. Smooth drinker, this is balanced, no question its well malted, and well hopped. Not especially drinkable, its still a good DIPA.Orange body, lacey full press 2" white foamy head.Bottles from both Michael- P. and Ryan August.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Chuckís 85th. This has a hazy orange appearance with a tinge of brown throughout. The fluffy head is rather nice, and this provides the perfect appearance, in my eyes. This has a fresh orange, citrus aroma. Fairly pungent, considering itís still rather cold. Some malt sweetness comes through, but itís not enough to get in the way, or anything. Not many dimensions on the nose, but this one is all taste. Fresh grapefruit, orange, and plenty of citrus blasting my taste buds. Wow, this is damn near exceptional. Slight alcohol flavor coming through, but itís really nothing terribly intrusive. This is some solid stuff, and Iím glad to FINALLY see it on the shelves around these parts. This beer is quite nice, when talking about its texture. Solid, solid, solid stuff here.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange with a sticky white head. Aroma is tropical hops, pineapple, citrus, caramel, malt. Flavor is bitter piney hops, with a lightly sweet but not too sweet citrus finish. Of note the bottle has a freakish amount of sediment which detracts from the appearance of the pour, but in no way effects anything else.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Amber-orange color. Super cloudy, with huge chunks of god knows what ... tons of sediment. Big, bold hops right off the bat. Cake-like malt sweetness. Very citrusy. Great hop aromas -- floral and piney. Grapefruit sharpness in the finish and aftertaste. Good.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours gold to copper with off white head. The aroma is firm yumminess with grapefruit, tangelo, apricot and tree sap all coming together to create a wonderful odor. The taste is robustly bitter with grapefruit, orange peel, tangelo and loads of pine resin. It amazingly gets more and more bitter to midway and into the finish. It leaves a dry bitter goodness behind for a while.
TheAlum (6119) - 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 itís 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 thatís just because there is a ton. Sweetness is kept at bay properly. Solid DIPA.
GandGKevin (932) - 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 (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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.
Iíve 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 donít normally buy many bombers but will make an exception for Mr. Mongo here. Oh, and Iím a cat person too, so extra bonus points there. :)
markwise (4601) - 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.