ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Lulu’s, 3/28/15
Nearly as red as the label, and a bit deeper with garnet and magenta hues and a small, beige head that shows moderate retention. Clarity is high, with just a touch of haze to it.
Very fruity in the nose; not just citrus but cherries, berries and apples even. Quite complex and though there is some thought of pine, it’s much more citrus-influenced than it is heavily acidic and resinous. Crystal malts, to my dismay, are here adding that "hard" iced tea-like note, with vanilla and light caramel sweetness certainly balancing things. Floral, green and even mint-like aromas emerge with warming. Lots of hop complexity, which is appreciated with little/no alcohol or flaws in the nose.
Both sweet and only moderately bitter in flavor, it almost comes off as more of a Double Pale ale. Crystal malts add that hard candy-like texture, though caramel sugars help soften things and a low but mostly tight carbonation concentrates the wonderfully fruity hoppiness. Toasted malt, strawberry and grapefruit all swirl about on the end, easing some of the sweetness, but it’s still probably a bit too malt forward. I do like the lack of resin here, but the malt bill needs a bit of work and it could use a bit more good old bitterness.
kejacobson (14) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stands as my current favorite Imperial IPA. The hops are balanced and there’s an excellent crisp ending.
LBIguard (41) - - MAR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thirsty pig Portland me
Nice balance with great hop profile. Not overpowering for a big ipa
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
PhatB420 (731) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bought at the brewery into a rising tide glass, classic. Pours a golden glazed honey amber orange, looks great. Head is solid, a few inches, cloud white, simmers down to a nice full coating over the liquid and hovers like lillypads, lacing is there and visible, clinging to random areas. nice. Aroma of phat tropical juices, citrus, the like. Juicy hop presence, just how i like my dipas, fells like a can squees the hops myself, just a wonderful crisp and clean dipa from Maine. excellence all around. abv is generous and well recieved but not intruding. fits the bill, just awesome. Still feeling the phat citrus hop bomb that went off in my mouth. hops on hops in deed.
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté chez Vermont Tap House (Williston, VT) au coût de 6,25$. Arôme: Odeur de pin avec une pointe de fruits tropicaux. Apparence: La couleur est orangée légèrement voilée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pin avec une pointe d’ananas et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #6158)
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel and hop resins mesh in this portly and sweet example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the hazy pale amber.
-Coniferous bitterness isn’t too prominent, surprisingly.
-Mouthfeel is soft and cuddly.
-This goes against the trend style-wise, so kudos to them for thinking outside the box.
-This was too sweet for my personal preference in Double IPAs.
On tap at Vermont Tap House.
blklab2007 (2092) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured an amber color with a thin coating of white head. Aroma has pines, mild tropical fruits, resins, and a bit of caramel. Mouth feel is solid and the carbonation good. Flavor has a big pine punch, resins, low side bitterness, a bit of malty sweetness, and a lingering finish.
Handypaul (324) - - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours almost clear amber with a beige mostly lasting creamy head that leaves good lacing. aroma of citrus, tropical fruits and spruce. Lightly bitter taste in a light to medium body, average carbo that lingers on the sides of my tongue and a lightly bitter finish of medium duration.
dogfish120love (1033) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark orange with an off white lacing. The aroma is pungently citrus and bursting with pine notes. The flavor is cuttingly bitter and the palate is crisp. Overall awesome
Slipstream (2231) - USA - NOV 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Threepenny. This has a great aroma that is rich, musky, sweet, & complex. The flavor is also complex but not as impressive with grapefruit dominating, and a little metallic flavor, plus some sweetness in the background. Very good.