TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a nice clear dark amber with poofy, pillowy head that stays around for a while and leaves clods of lace in its wake. Aroma is very sweet orange citrus with flowery notes and some pine. Strangely, I get a musty basement funk from Citra hops that nobody else seems to pick up on (I even got a PM from someone who asked me WTF I was talking about when I reviewed the last Citra-hopped Revolution beer), and sure enough I picked up on it here. Flavor is another big citrus burst of orange and some pink grapefruit, and again with the basement funk. Piny hop bitterness grows with each sip and eventually tempers the nearly saccharin-sweet malt. Medium-full body, slightly cloying palate, long, slightly tart citrus aftertaste. Big, bold & brash, and yet very well-balanced. The best IPA from Revolution yet.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear, deep burnt orange-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense, creamy, very frothy, khaki head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of lacing. Gorgeous looking beer. Aroma is filled with fresh piney grapefruits and tangerines with some sweeter resins. Nice caramel backing with a moderate sweetness, some mango and tropical fruits, and I get just a touch of lemon-grass behind everything as this warms more. Flavor is similar. Tons of juicy grapefruits and sweeter tangerines up front with a lightly sweetened caramel that provides just enough of a balance. More mangos and tropical fruits along with pines, a touch of citrus-grass, and a bit of a crystal malt sweetness. Finishes dry with a huge splash of juicy citrus pines and a light balancing malt sweetness. Medium bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, clean body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, another very flavorful DIPA from these guys. Tons of juicy citruses, but never over-the-top or abrasively bitter. Aggressive, but well balanced. Very solid.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Revbrew. Pours a deep red with dissipating head. Nose is awesome and I love how much they use citra hops. Big apricot and mango notes. Some booze with bread in the background. On first sip, this is way closer to a barleywine than an IIPA, but I’ll take it. Huge and slick mouthfeel. Full bodied but not particularly sweet. There is some tang from the citrusy hops, but the booze shows up. One of the best boost beers I’ve had in a long time, but it isn’t as good as thee destroyer. Still, definitely a better barleywine than institutionalized...
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with an off white head. Aroma of citrus hops that dominate in the flavor as well. Sweet, but the ABV is well hidden. Nice balance of the caramel and citrus hops.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 Draft, pours golden with white head. Aroma had a big grapefruity hop kick which is quickly met by sweet caramel and corn sugar. Flavors are sweet with a rather dirty fermentation with fusels, banana, and slight earthy vegetal thing happening. There’s an attempt a balance with some heavy hoppy adding grapefruit and Clementine notes but the overwhelming cotton candy sweetness, booze, and poor fermentation runs strong (seems to be a consistent theme with the high gravity stuff here).
pantanap (3350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2011 Taster pour as well as a full snifter at revbrew on the day of it’s released so very fresh sample... Pours a holistically transparent orangey amber hue with a medium frothy just off of white head and quickly retreats to a thin soapy film... A burst of juicy tangerines, mango, and grapefruit on the nose.... If we were talking hoops, count the flavors as an and-1 as it represents a continuation of the nose with vibrant and vivid tropical fruit hoppy goodness and a touch bit more. There’s a general sweetness mid to late palate that I usually attribute with a citra-hopped ipa or dipa for that matter and this one doesn’t deviate. Perhaps its the crystal malt that’s responsible? A semi-assertive, yet not overtly so bitterness emerges late and lingers on the palate which is an aspect that Thee Destroyer did not provide as much of. Body is medium to lightly syrupy with medium semi-lively carbonation. The sweetness and syrupy mouthfeel start to get in the way and could use a bit more dryness but I digress... I give this a notch up on thee destroyer which was my favorite to date but by just barely. This is pretty big and bold... And quite good from one who is a big advocate of citra hops.
on second helpings, body and mouthfeel seem a bit more syrupy and sweet more so than what was originally experienced. nose was appealling still but flavor/mouthfeel were left lacking otherwise.