ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a beautiful golden amber color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade. The texture is moderately bubbly yet soft, and the retention is okay. Decent stripes of lacing are left behind. Honestly, this one looks incredible in a glass.
S: The hops start off rather piny, but quickly transform into a semi-aggressive rush of pineapple, peach, and apricot. There are some vague tropical hints, too. It also has a fairly prevalent malt backbone, though it thankfully lacks some of the more oppressive toffee notes some DIPAs can have. While it doesn’t quite challenge the elite aromas of the top-shelf DIPAs, it certainly provides a respectable nose.
T: Honestly, I’m not quite sure what to make of the flavor profile. It opens up with a good rush of piny bitterness, while the middle and end is a combination of slight pineapple, sugary malts, some earth, orange marmalade, and a touch of mint. There’s a decent amount of depth to be found, and also a little booziness as well. It certainly isn’t hot, but it’s still a bit more prevalent than I like. Otherwise, this is an okay DIPA.
M: Even among DIPAs, this is very prickly, astringent, and sharply carbonated. It’s dry, but not soft. The feel improves once the carbonation slows down, but also becomes a little more full bodied and hard to drink. Having said that, drinkability is pretty solid.
O: Not bad, especially in the world of budget DIPAs. It seems oddly English-style, given its earthy, fruity, ever-so-slightly boozy flavor. This one is in the pile of "would drink again; wouldn’t buy again" beers.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[6921-20141121] Bottle. Fruity grains aroma. Slightly hazy, amber brown body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter grainy orange flower flavour has a buttery finish. Medium body is a little dry. Good. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(w/ jercraigs, mds)
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014-11-21. Dark orange amber body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma of grainy cereal caramel malt, light hops. 6++ Flavour is similar, cereally caramel malt, light bitterness. 6+ Average plus body palate. 3+ just okay. Not super fresh but still kind of dull, hops fail to shine. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto
BeerNut75 (2) - Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Caramel color with
, floral, basement aromas. It finishes bitter with a, roasty grain note.
Metalchopz (3029) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clean deep amber colour with a creamy-foamy off-white head that stays quite a long time for an impy. Lacing is pretty good too. Aromas of grassy hops, sweet roasted malts and fruity notes. The roasted malts really come out in the taste with the grass blending things. Mild dryness that gets stronger as the hop lingers. A milder, well-balanced Impy IPA than most, that is not trying to be a hop-bomb.
mikedevilsfan (225) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge surprise. Copper color, nice white head. Aroma is pine and citrus Very strong hop presence. Not balanced, but really bitter. Hop heads will enjoy this and for 2.49 cents a bomber this may be the best deal out there.
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Golden hue with white head that settled. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus oil. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness with a nice hop bitterness DNS slight ethanol finish. Overall this is a nice brew.
cattaneopapa (277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy deep amber colour with a small white head.
Aroma of herbs and flowers.
Taste matches the aroma with some Mandarin taste.
Nice lacing clings to the side of the glass.
hotstuff (4838) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog rating on 9-14-2012 at Cap n’ Cork Covington Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN, beer tasting. This bottled beer has a small tan head that mostly diminishes, transparent golden body, very little carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, crisp and citrus hops. The flavor mimics the aroma plus light bitter. The mouthfeel is sticky and this beer is medium bodied. This beer has a tasty hops flavor and the ABV is well masked. This beer is worth trying.
slowrunner77 (9609) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Clear deep orange pour w pillowy head. Spicy piney hop and sweet malty aroma. Seems a touch old 2 weeks before the sell by date. Feel and flavor are strong still, piney and a little citrus rind with some biscuit and caramel malts. Not bad...good enough to want a fresher one."