Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pi Bar, San Francisco, 5th March 2011. Clear dark orange colour with a line of lacy head. Resin and biscuit on the nose. Nicely balanced and suitably bitter flavour. A drinkable US DIPA.
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2011 (12oz bottle thanks to Dixonian) clear rich amber, creamy tan bubbles. Nose of peach, apricot, sweet and citrusy. Quite fragrant. Taste of pineapple, bitter and syrupy at the same time without really counteracting one another, and a bitter palate linger.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. brown bottle. Reddish brown with a 1" head. The aroma is sweet with lots of caramel, floral. Some citrus and pine bout not much. I was expecting more of a hop aroma for a DIPA. The taste is caramel, sweet with just enough hops and hop bitterness to prevent it from being cloying. I was expecting more of a hop taste for a style that is meant to be over blanced with hops but not here.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA, opened 4/1/11. Pours a clear copper color with a thin offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter floral, resiny and citrus hops. A bit of cattiness as well. The taste is bitter citrus hops, apricot finish. Some faint toffeeish malts. Medium bodied.
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a copper color with ruby red hues, that has a two finger light tan head. Smells strongly of hops, grapefruit, sugar and pine with caramel malt. Taste is big on the grapefruit, piney bitterness powering over a nice malt background. Finishes with a big hop flavor and lingering bitterness as well as the alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side with good carbonation.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at papago 5/20/11
Amber w/a creamy clingy white head. Hazy.
A= citrus, pine, lots of caramel malt sweetness, florals.
F=the same only followed by a huge annoying dose of sugary sweetness. Very unpleasant.
Thick and sweet.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is super sweet and hoppy with pine, citrus, and herbal hops. The appearance is amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma but astringent and with pineapple. The palate is average for the style. Overall a decent beer with some punch but not great.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SD Brew Co. Ruby amber tiny head to transparent lace. Nose is monster hops. Citrus, pepper, celery, and alcohol. Taste is alcohol burn in nose and hop bite. Hops, malt, alcohol burn, in that order. Only for the fans of an IIPA with a fuse hanging out the side of the glass.
Palidor19 (2917) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
strong flavor, with a touch of caramel malts and a lot of pine malt that is all around the beer. the beer is highly fizzy with scrubbing feeling. strong alcohol.
BBB63 (5939) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Pours a coppery hue with a small fading but lasting head that left okay lacework in it’s wake. The aroma has an interesting orange creamsicle and cotton candy overtone wrapped in a base of resiny and citric hops, bready and caramel malts. A hint of alcohol and peppery hop spice in also noticed. (Note that as it warmed a "catty" dank character starts to appear on the nose and palate).
The taste is balanced where neither the hop nor malt dominates but alas perhaps too balanced where the Simcoe character seems subdued and the Caramel seems too forceful. A nice hop spice tone and cleanse of alcohol kept the palate from becoming bored. The mouth feel is a touch sticky and oily, a lasting astringent leafy tea bag and slight metallic character is what you are left with remembering. Overall the whole experience is less that the sum of the parts. Some really good abit brief moments knocked down by a lasting feeling that it could (and should) have been more. A slight tweak of recipe and this would be a favorite.