sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle, thanks Guerde] Pours amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Really nice big citrusy aroma; tangerine, grapefruit rind, lime, maybe even some lemon, also noticed some little grassy notes towards the end. Taste is predominantly grapefruit with a solid caramel backbone. Good mouthfeel with a fairly long, dry finish. A very good IIPA...but I would still take fresh Hopslam over this.
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, generously sent by Sparky27, thanks Eric!) pours hazy golden orange with a soapy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is full of citrus with orange peel, tangerine, mandarin oranges, a sweet undercurrent of caramel, The caramel starts to dominate as the beer begins to warm, with a slight scent of pepper as well. The taste is loaded with citrus, orange, a lot of lime, pineapple, and some caramel as well. The mouthfeel is medium with a lingering bitter finish. Quite a solid IIPA.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 ml. Quite possibly the most balanced beer i’ve ever had. Aromas were fresh, and the mouthfeel was so smooth I couldn’t believe it was 8%. Thank God I have more of this to enjoy for the next few months.
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the tap poured an amber color with a small head. Flavor af tart citrus with a lasting finish.
19Ei8hty (1134) - Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 I have had a few disappointing IPA’s lately and I am glad that for my 500th rating this one lived up to its billing. Huge, floral hop aroma - very flowery and fresh. Looked great as all 500mL fit perfectly into my glass - hazy golden straw body with a big white fluff head. Very bready malt backbone with a very light caramel sweetness. The Hop profile is fantastic - big grapefruit component with underlying pine even a light floral minty piece. Fantastic drink.
2 month old bottle - CAUTION! DO NOT AGE THIS DRINK! A 2 month old bottle nets a 3.8 rating. Like Subway Sandwiches, Drink Fresh!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Juicy citrus nose on top of a light golden body. Lots of citrus - tangerines, in the flavor. Tastes freshly squeezed. Medium bodied, with no coarse bitterness or hints of alcohol. A great IPA!
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
17 oz bottle via Liquid SOl. Pours a semi-clear amber with a large white head. Nose is floral and lemon/lime. Taste is....all about the hops! Orange rind, grapefruit, pine, apricot and lime flavors. A bit of perfume in the aftertaste though. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate. This is quite good, but does not quite live up to the hype. Maybe i need something fresher than a 30 day old bottle?
luttonm (2138) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh (3weeks old) 0.5L bottle from Uber in Seattle. Starts off sneaky but by the end it is a full fledged, wonderful dipa. I remarked to trevor211 that this was the prototypical dipa as far as I was concerned; textbook, wish all were this good. remarkable smoothness, radical balance with the perfect amount of growing (as the bottle emptied) hop wonderfulness. Wish this were more available in Seattle, especially at the price point ... worth the hype (though I might say Hop 15 or Marahaja are more ’special’)
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 mmmm fresh bright hop aroma though as a double and with the hype I was expecting much more. deep gold, stubborn white fluffy head won’t go away. I can’t decide what I think about this. I definitely like it, but not sure I love it. the first sip was truly magical, bright, and deep, but it loses the edge quickly and finishes solid, tasty, long complex bitterness, but never really double status. Drank two bottles side by side, one 2 weeks old, one 3 months old. The fresher bottle was much more resiny and oily, bright and enjoyable.
Haslinger (863) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle thanks to Kegbear. Oh my Lord. This beer smells heavenly. I hope wherever Pliny ended up, that it smells like this. The bottle is awesome with a very funny and simple label. The taste is very hoppy with a bit of piney, floral and just a bit of sweetness, the aftertaste is dry with a beautiful bit of malt coming in. I wish I had this beer readily available. I hope in 2000 years I get a beer named after me that is half this good.