EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Slight hazy orange pour with a white head. Looks beautiful! The aroma is simply amazing. I wish I could get a car freshener that smells like this. It is by far the best aroma I have ever had in a beer. Floral, fruity, peaches and grapefruit as well as bitter piny hops. Intense but not overpowering. Complex with a lot going on. The flavor packs a lot of punch as well. Completely dry but still very fruity. Very balanced with a nice malt back. This stuff is incredibly fruity. I love the double IPA’s but they always seem to have a harsh bitter alcohol end, but not this. It’s got all the intense hop character but goes down incredibly smooth and all the alcohol is hidden. I docked it 1 point because my personal preference is to have a little bit of sweetness in the flavor, but otherwise this is a perfect beer.
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. I had always meant to taste this when I seen it on tap at local spots but just never got around to it until they bottled it. Pours a dense golden brass color with a fluffy patch of white foam. Nose is a fresh and pure serving of wet sticky green hops that are mellowed out and calm unlike some other imperial IPA’s on steroids—not that it is a bad thing to smell an overloaded double IPA. The flavor is pure fresh hops yet balanced with a background of malt and metallic aftertaste.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 Pours a murky orangeish amber with a *perfect* head. Thick and pillowy with good retention. Aroma is a powerful burst of herbal hops, with a wonderful balance of malts. *Unbelievably* smooth for something at 8% with this much hops. The carbonation is there, and it’s fairly thick, but almost feels as if nothing is in your mouth but a burst of flavor. Has yeasty notes of a Belgian saison-style ale, with (obviously) plenty of hops and the malts to counter. Also notes of grapefruit and light brown sugar. Simply wonderful - a near-perfect IIPA. I cannot wait for this to hit the shelves in Seattle.
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 500 ml bottle from Bev4less in Santee. Pours a copper color with a big sudsy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is on par with the best IPA’s; this one has a big green chlorophyll bouquet with pungent, pollen-loaded, lantana blooms. The taste lacks the big biter hoppy bite that I expect from an IPA. The flavor continues--smooth with mild hops, sweet cotton candy, caramel malts and biter walnuts. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The finish clean and dry. Overall: I have waited a long time to try this beer and it is a great one. It goes down smooth and easy, perhaps the most easy drinking IIPA yet. Congrats to RR for this beauty.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Richmond Summer Gathering. 500ml bottle courtesy of cdumler. Clear gold with a small white head. Big herbal hop nose that seemed to morph into grapefruit. Soft malt flavors melded well with the herbal and citrus. A good beer, but don’t get the hype.
Oscbert (972) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
~Pours a light copper color with lasting white head. Good lacing.
~Good sweet grapefruity hop scent.
~Sweet malty and citrusyhoppy taste.
~Sticky creamy feel. Bitter finish.
~A nice Double IPA. Easy to drink and a nice bitter bite!
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted @ the Toronado.in SF.
Very nice brew! Citric, hoppy aroma. Strong hoppy flavor, nice smooth hopbitterness. Great.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 22oz bottle. Pours clear gold, strangely lighter than the Blind Pig. Big huge citrus notes in the nose with a lovely floral underpining. Flavor is very hoppy, not really my thing but a remarkable beer because I actually enjoyed drinking a imperial IPA. Very refreshing with perfect malt/hop/carbonation balance. Slightly caramely and with some vanilla bean notes to take some of the bite off the really piney citrus hops that dominate the first 2/3rds of the beer. Very well done.
Rerate 3/5/09. Better than I remembered. Complex and lovely. The best of a style I don’t particularly care for.
GMCC2181 (1495) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Bottle shared by sloth on Aug 1st at SL. Thanks bert for sharing! Aroma was grassy... Gold in color. Taste was grassy and piney as well. Smooth and delicious, it will definitley satisfy a hop heads thirst! Texture was medium with an average carbonation. Overall a good DIPA. Thanks again bert for sharing some awesome brews!*****Another bottle shared by wolf...super smooth.Almost to easy to drink. Still has a hop bite but well balanced****On tap at capones. Drank side by side with the younger I like the elder better....*****Last update**** Bottle given to me as a gift by wolf. Thanks bro. Awesome piney/citrus aroma. Taste is also piney and citrus. Super smooth... Really easy to drink. Great beer. Definetly one the best DIPA out there.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle fresh from cloudskipper. Poured deep gold in color with a thick white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Tastes is of large amounts of sticky piney and citrus hops, light caramel malts, and mild spices. Very nice.