TeksMeks (5) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pineapple, caramel and a bit of spiciness. Really surprised by this offering from Pyramid. Lots of fresh hop flavor.
HIKERMIKE68 (1) - San Clemente, California, USA - SEP 9, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m not going to get into analogical madness with the description. Listen, I am sort of burnt out on the hundreds of cookie cutter west coast IPA’s. All hops and no malt make Jack a dull beer. I look for the perfect balance. Truth is, I love Pliny the Elder and I really enjoy 90 Minute and I love my friends home brews even more. I didn’t want to like a Pyramid brew but after three years, I keep buying this IPA. I am no longer an IPA fanatic as I’ve expanded my love of all styles but when I do want a beautifully balanced and aromatically scintillating IPA, I go to this wonderful 12 oz. don’t over analyze...just relish it.
nakedwhendrunk (2097) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
What’s up with the dry IPA’S today, ah well fine I’ll say something on this.
Into a tulip, the appearance is a ruddy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated in about a minute. Some speckled lacing comes across in mild and messy sort of way.
The smell started off with a roasty to somewhat burnt caramel aroma and only as it warmed there was some light citrus but for the most part, even that really stayed in the background.
The taste was mainly sweet through the caramel malts. The citrus ends up escaping a bit on the taste.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed somewhat subdued and lead to a really dry effect on my tongue.
Overall, this is a dry roasty caramel DIPA, does it fit the style...hmmm...maybe...would I have it again...hmm...maybe as a night cap.
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-8-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a very nice orange color with some ruby highlights. Upon pouring there is only a tiny white head that fades almost instantly with very little lacing on the glass.
Smell – The aroma is sweet of tropical fruit aromas. Lots of tangerine mango, papaya and banana are most prominent. Along with these fruit smells are smells of toffee and some bready malt with a lightly boozy aroma rounding them all out.
Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and light caramel flavor. With these flavors is a moderate grapefruit hop flavor that grows stronger as the taste moves on. While the caramel flavors fade after the initial taste some light tropical flavors of papaya and mango and some tangerine. These flavors are rather light and are soon subdued by a pine hop as well as a slightly boozy taste. A rather bitter and resinous pine and grassy flavor come to the tongue at the end largely taking over the taste to leave their mark on the tongue when all is said and done.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Ok for the style although a slightly thicker body may have highlighted some of the hop taste more appropriately.
Overall – A moderately good double IPA. The aroma was quite nice although it was a bit deceiving as the taste was more bitter and less fruit balanced as would have been perceived. It does however give a nice hoppy bite to the taste buds at the end of the taste and is rather enjoyable to drink overall.
berkshirejohn (4527) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Wegman’s, West Seneca, NY. Amber with a ring of white head; aroma of fresh hops and caramel; citrusy taste - perhaps red grapefruit - and quite full-bodied; with a clean spicy finish. A well made IPA.
bunget (551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Clear copper body, medium beige head with excellent retention. Aroma of wormwood and toffee, orange candies, dust, peppercorn, a little nutty. Taste starts with a nice bitter wave, followed by caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit zest, honey and a tad floral. Good.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a bright yellow/orangey color ale with a nice thick white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of citrus notes is quite nice with some residual sugar notes noticeable. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with fresh floral notes that are somewhat offset by too much residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice IIPA but I would ay that there is too much residual sugar for my own personal taste.
terrybail (615) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from the LCBO
fairly clear copper colour good head
some malt and subdued hop aroma
nice sweet hoppy bitterness but more sweet then bitter
fcjack1 (152) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from MSM. Pours a nice amber color. Thin white head. Scent its hoppy and floral. Taste is hoppy and sweet. Hops linger a smidge. Good beer.
Alpha10 (333) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014/07/20 - Pours a clear, burnt orange/amber colour with a large, pillowy, off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is caramel, roast, tropical fruits, biscuit, mild pine and mild citrus. Taste is caramel, roast, mild citrus, biscuit, spicy hops and mild pine. Mouthfeel is medium and slick with mildly biting carbonation and a sweet finish that starts juicy and finishes dry. Finish was sweeter than I had hoped for.
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neongolden (413) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(650mL bottle from LCBO) Pours a clear medium amber with a moderate, tight white head that lingers and leaves lace. Aroma is heavy on caramel and golden sugar, hops seem restrained/faded with weak pine resin and a hint of orange flesh and something vaguely tropical. On the palate, again malt-forward, bit of caramel and dough, but at least there are relatively more hops than nose; pine resin again along with a little citrus zest, floral notes, slight woodsy/peppery spice too? Fairly bitter and dry on the finish despite the malty character - more like a bitter IPA than a big DIPA though. Moderate alcohol heat for 8ish% abv. Mouthfeel moderate but oily, soft carb. I don’t think this beer is that fresh, but it’s a bit too malt heavy and the hop character is not really punchy or inspiring compared to local DIPAs (ex GLB, Bellwoods). The bar is a lot higher in ON now.