tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 Wow! Very piney smell almost like evergreen mixed with hops. Very bitter hop presence followed by grapefuit citrus tartness. Not my favorite Double IPA but very high up there.
RERATE: Freshness it key to this beer. Got it fresh of the shelf on the day it arrived in colorado. All I can say is if Iím getting this one at about a month old or older and it tastes like this, I may be moving to Cali soon. Truely the best IIPA out there IMO.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 500mL bottle from Beerstore.co.nz , bottled on 23.01.09. Let him warm up for a couple of hours out of the fridge. Cheers beerstore!! Pours hazy dark golden with a filmy off white head.
Aroma is full of those beautiful piny American hops and citrus fruit. I get some orange peel, yet the malt gets through, caramel poking its nose in.
Wow, the beer is highly drinkable yet the flavours are very pronounced. Resinous hops coat the mouth with a medium to strong bitterness which brings the pine flavour. Behind this cloying hop is a somewhat robust malt, which sweetens the deal and makes for a very balanced beer. Hops turn citric on the finish, probably like orange rind – very bitter. The finish is very long, as one would expect with an uber hoppy beer.
All together a strong beer for sure, in its flavour. The 8% ABV doesn’t show itself, in fact I’d liken this strongly to its smaller brother ‘Blind Pig’, yet more balanced. Woooow, a dangerously delicious beer.
ZackTsc (3) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the first beer I have tried under the training of a seasoned taster. The grapefruit hops taste was strong but not overpowering. Had it on tap at Churchillís in San Diego and it was excellent.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is very fresh (it was only a month old) with notes of grapefruit, orange and pine hops and sweet malt. Flavor is pretty mellow, with grapefruit hops being the main flavor with a mild bitter finish. I was a bit disappointed with this one though, because I thought the hop flavor was too mild..in that the hops werenít prevalent enough. Iíll probably get criticized for this, but for me Hopslam is far better and far fresher. But, this is still a great DIPA.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum! Lots of hops in this one, in the nose and in the taste, but it went down really well, and they werenít overpowering. I really wish I could get this one more regularly.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl, bottled on April 11. í08, so pretty aged.. Slightly hazy deep golden, coarse pale head. Very citric, fresh grapefruity nose, honeyish sweetness, faint pine, very balanced, not that attacking. Still pretty well hopped, bitter flavor with grapefruit, flowers and moderate sweetness, very nice lingering bitterness, pretty strong seedyness. Almost full bodied, lovely smooth palate. Misses the best aroma hops already. Malts are totally secondary, this is a pale bitter show.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 Tasted at Stone Brewing Company World Bistro. Pours orange amber with little head. Aroma is scrumptious fruity pine hops. One of the most delicious hoppy creations Iíve ever tasted. This might be my all-time favorite IIPA. A perfectly concocted mouth experience from sip to swallow to finale with a nicely bitter finish. I want more!
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Hazy orange color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet and floral with a good amount of citrus. It smelled very familiar, but we couldnít put our finger on it. Flavor begins with juicy floral hops mixed with a heavy citrus flavor. Finishes clean and lightly bitter with some sweetness and floral bitterness lingering. Very well blended.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awsome IIPA thanks to Odeed for this one (plus one more). Finally see what the hype is about this work of art. Everything youíve heard about this is true, simply amazing from opening to finishing this one. This pours a bright, clear orangey copper with a white head fading to a lasting ring of lace. aroma is all about the hops, plenty of citrus and pine, this jumps out at you every sip. Mouth watering, The flavor is outstanding with sweet, juicy citrus leading the way and some piney notes as well, all the hop flavors came out without being the least bit bitter. Finished and after taste linger gently making you want more. This is truly one of the best IIPAís Iíve had. Up there with Hopslam & Dreadnaught, but gotta give to the Midwest ones because of the availability. Once again thanks to Jake for hooking me up.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, ordered from Liquor Max, dated 4/7/09, drank 5/18/09. Slightly hazy gold, off-white head that fades but leaves nice lacing. Nose is mango, tangerine, bready malts, wintergreen. Flavor is mango, nice smooth bitterness, bready/toasty malts, tropical fruits (along the orange-y vein), a bit of cotton candy sweetness. Fruity finish w. more of that mint, strong but incredibly well rounded bitterness, tangerine. Great lower carbonation level. Not as amazing in the bottle as it was on tap (I always forgot to rate it when I was in San Diego - but Iíd imagine that what I had on tap a few times was a 4.5) but Iíd kill to have this available at the current cost.