hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark ruby red color with an averaged sized, frothy off white head. Aromas of light oranges, pine and grapefruit. Tastes of pine, grapefruit with a trace of malts. Bitter bite. I expected little more of a sweet, malty balance for an IIPA. Body was a little on the thin and watery side as well. Alcohol content hidden.
Sammy (9340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jonís bottle looked great with cloudy grapefuit and good white head, it smelled very nice hops, bit it was weak taste, like sat in sunshine for at least a year.
Dogbrick (9181) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch". The beer pours a hazy amber color with a medium thick and foamy off-white head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Grainy malt and fruit aroma. Medium body with flavors of earthy and grainy malt, lightly floral hops and fruit. Another beer whose character makes me question the age. The finish is toffee and more grain. Barely average overall.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Deep red-orange beer, thin white head. The aroma is lovely, sweet pine, a bit of herbal character, some light fruity hops over a lean pale malt base. The flavour is lightly hoppy, pine and soft floral/flowery hops. Earthy lingering bitterness. A nice, lean DIPA.
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good solid soapoy and oily hop leaf presence on the nose, with a flavor that is centered around caramel, some chewy malts and some sap/tree bark and wood. An OK beer but quite simple.
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cindireneís. Pours dark copper with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, hops, fruity, and some slight funky spicy hints. The flavor is hoppy, with a hefty caramel malt base, and some mid-palate yeasty spice, fruity tartness, and late earthy peppery notes. Very complex with well hidden alcohol, this one is rock solid.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-An enormous head lasts over opaque reddish hues.
-Aroma is dusty, chemical, yeasty, and therefore mostly unattractive.
-Grapefruity and floral hops convince the palate to give it further inspection.
-The rich mouthfeel is rather sugary.
What if you dig deeper?
-The chemical nature of the aroma seems to dissipate with time, but not fully.
-Berries frolic around the hanging acidic character.
-Citrus fruit nicely come up after you get used to the phenols.
-Alcohol is well-hidden for its size.
-A problematic brew, but quite flavorful, so it is saved this time around.
Bottle; no date.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2005. Dark amber, not quite brown body with a small off white head. Big double IPA with lots of hops and plenty of malt in both aroma and flavour. Resin is more prominent than citrus in my mind, and the alcohol is a touch more pronounced than ideal. Not bad.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Bottle bought 6/22/08. Pours with a foamy, avereage sized, off-white head covering a slightly murky, deep golden body. Nice lacing left by the head, but only waves of foam left on top as retention. Aroma is strongly of sweet toffee malts, with some plums, the hops are mainly spruce and pine like. Taste is angled toward malts with a somewhat odd yeastiness that I havenít expirianced in any other DIPA. Taste is much more East Coast style than West Coast DIPA. Not really enough citrus hops for my taste, but there is a nice balancing effect from the alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel with plenty of little bubbles.
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. GUSHER! Leaping from the bottle, this beer is a hazy dark orange with an orange-tinted crown. Very malty toasty nose with underlying citrus hops. Palate is full of chewy toffee malt, lightly toasty, with oily grapefruit and light pine hops. Definitely a malt-forward IIPA, although the age of the bottle (unmarked) may have something to do with this (and the whole gushiness thing). Tasty nonetheless.