alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Powerful aroma of citrus, hops, pine. Thick mouth feel. Flavor of grapefruit, floral and a solid hop bitter finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, generously provided by joepais, poured into a Portsmouth tulip from Joe as well.
Pours a hazy brownish amber with a fluffy white head that clings to the side of glass and recedes slowly, leaving a cap for the duration.
The aroma is very balanced. Starts with llots of bittersweet citrus hops up front - grapefruit, oranges, mangos, etc. The balance is provided by the more than healthy dose of caramel sweetness.
Sticky citrus and pine hops dominate the front end of the taste and provide a pretty pungent pop. The caramel malts provide a bit of balance in the middle but don’t hold out very long as the big hop bitterness explodes in the finish. The flavor actually seems slightly more hop-forward than the aroma.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with plenty of carbonation, but it’s the sticky bittersweet hops that play all of the palate.
This is a great and fairly balance DIPA that has kept quite a hop profile even after 6+ months.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20080729 Tap at brewpub. Mostly solid offering is dark golden in color with lasting white head. Floral, citrus, biscuity. Kick of back end citrus hop bitterness. Late lingering diacetyl. Full bodied.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bomber bottle from the brewery in July. Pours clear reddish-amber till the yeast from the bottom of the bottle stirs. Respectable, short-lived head, no lace. Very citrusy hop-heavy aroma with some sweet floral notes. Great full flavor. Again very citrusy and hop-dominated, but with a solid malt backbone. Surprisingly balanced finish. Medium bodied, smooth and warming without being hot. Excellent DIPA.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: Archetypical American IIPA. Standard but way above average.
How: Tap at Vermont Brewers Festival 2008
The look: Clear dark copper body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose in unmistakably IPA American style. Floral, resinous, citrusy and all. Malt backbone is totally adequate to support this hops avalanche with a sweetness flavour contribution that is 2/3 smooth caramel, 1/3 crisp honey. Filling but crisp body, flavourful bitterness, long finish. Clean beer. Execution is flawless. Doesn’t re-invent the style but nobody wants the style to be re-invented anyway with all those labels that would have to be redone.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark copper with a chill haze. A half inch head of white rose up before creeping back to a partial skim-coat. Errant dots of lacework for the duration.
Aromatics are pungently hoppy. Resinous with a bitter promise. This one’s a mix of pine, tropical fruit, and light malt.
Tangerines, spruce sap, melons, sugared grapefruit, and dried apricots.
Earthy-like conifer bark, and pear pulp.
Medium bodied, but a bit chewy and plenty sticky.
The pallet leads off with ripe citrus fruit, pine dew, and a firm bitterness. Zesty hops and quite piney. Balancing malt steps up and some warming alcohol builds with a more drying bitterness.
Finishes with lingering bitterness and citrus zest.
Very tasty, but coming short on the nose. With a IIPA this fresh, it should be screaming out of the glass with floral pungentness
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, courtesy of wickedpete. Thanks, Pete! Pours a clear, orange-amber color; light-tan head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of earthy, bitter hoppiness, brown sugar, and candy sugar in the aroma; bitter, light astringency. Solid carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of brown sugar, earthy bitterness, and chewy dried fruits upfront; some astringency, lots of maltiness, and just a touch rough. Lengthy finish: lots of lasting earthy bitterness, toasty malts, and dried fruits; dry and bitter end.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel brown color, no head formation. Slight biscuit and caramel aroma, nice strong floral hops, and sweetness in the back of the nose. Flavor has a strong biting bitterness up front followed by a nicely balanced caramel, biscuit malty body.
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(BCTC, 22oz bottle, thanks dickinsonbeer) Medium off-white head atop dark amber body that is clear other than tiny flecks. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, pine, some mango, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some caramel, alcohol, light orange. Medium-full body, some chewiness, acidity.
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by dickisonbeer at BCTC. Thanks Paul! Aroma was very citrusy and piney hops. Flavor has a slick, syrupy mouthfeel with more piney and citrus hops, and a standard malt backbone. Pretty good double ipa.