kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Tria Rittenhouse during Philly Beer Week. Pours translucent orange yellow, topped with a medium sized white head. Citrus, particularly grapefruit, dominates the aroma. Quite bitter on the palate; hops are both grapefruity and earthy. Dry, resinous finish.
harrisoni (13894) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 Cask handpull at GBBF 2010. Gold/orange colour with thin bubbly head Quite sharp on the finish. Bit uncultured, almost medicinal herb on the finish. Bit much for me. Unbalanced hop juice. Couldn?t finish it. Re-rate Bottle at Craft Leighton birthday. Really good hoppy fresh harsh bitter finish but good.
swoopjones (6005) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2010, Very good flavor, bitterness but seems to fall short of a DIPA to me. Needs more hop oomph. In its defense my palate could of been compltetly shot by this point. Solid flavor a great IPA but above average IIPA
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(pint at Lost Abbey). Pours copper with white head. Aroma is big grapefruit and pine. Taste is sweet and bitter, but nicely balanced. Medium bodied with oily texture. Pleasingly bitter finish. Really nice DIPA. Would be happy if this were available in Phoenix.
GT2 (8526) - San Diego County, 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 Tomme’s 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 don’t have to stand in line for early in the morning.
gorditoabd (624) - 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 (2187) - 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 (6174) - Hässelby, 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 Earl’s 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 (9159) - 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, Earl’s 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 (2417) - 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 I’d 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 - didn’t feel like it was in perfect condition.