porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(500 ml bottle ("bottled on 03 09 09") via trade with WeeHeavySD, thanks Jon!) Pours hazy light golden amber with two fingers of off white head. Strong aroma of pine and grapefruit, fairly sweet and a bit sweaty. Mouthfeel fairly smooth but lightly pebbly, a touch sticky. Light, droopy, foamy rings of lacing. Flavor of big pine and grapefruit - quite bitter and biting. Hints of softer caramel sweetness underneath but very hop-dominated. Hops are a bit juicy and have a hint of sweat. Some alcohol apparency at times. I need a little more malt backbone to really like a big IPA and this one was just a bit unbalanced for me.
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First of all the aromas are almost overwhelming. I could just smell this golden elixer all day. Maybe Russian River should come out with Pliny cologne. Anyway I digress, awesome aromas of citrusy piney hops. To match we have citrusy piney flavors that caress the tastebuds. Overall an awesome awesome DIPA!
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Feb. 3rd, 2009 date. Pours a glowing golden orange color with a big foamy white head that shows great retention. Sheets of sudsy lacing coat the glass. The aroma is very nice of orange and grapefruit hops with some lemon zest over a sweet, pale malt backbone. The flavor follows with the citrus and resiny piney hops pushing forward with subtle orange and lemon flavor. The toasted caramel malt lends a nice balance, but doesnít overpower the hops. This one is not overly complex, but straight forward and well blended. Medium bodied and fairly smooth and easy to drink with a solid hop bitterness on the finish. The hops had started to fade already, but this would be great ultra fresh. Really nice IIPA.
abcfan (871) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Caponeís. I guess I donít get the excitement about this one? Was very dry/biting for me, wasnít much of a fan.
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma: Floral & citric hops, clementine, peach, citrus, grass, cream.
Taste: Hoppy, fruity & juicy. Notes of grass, clementine, peaches, a bit salty, grape (in the finish). Not very sweet or malty, but more on the dry side. The alcohol is well hidden.
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Toranado: Iíve had this a number of times, but never rated it due to the fact that I had not enjoyed it as much as I thought I potentially could. Then I had it as fresh as can be in San Francisco, so I figured it was time. Rich golden pour with a dense white lacing head. This stuff has nothing but super alpha acid hops in it. Itís so hoppy that the aroma is all vegetal- basil, oregano, pure hop oils, lots and lots of myrcene. Creamy body with an extreme hops flavor (surprise). Hop insanity, no malt nuance. Resiny, piny, oregano, basil, all vegetal, hempy, bombarded with myrcene. This stuff lacks the finesse and fruitiness of PTY. If youíre a beer guy thatís stuck in the "hop phase," then this is your holy grail.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - APR 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Bov. Mindblowingly pleasant aroma with a huge amount of hop resin showing up. Hints of grapefruit, pine needles, mango and pineapple. A lot of dry hop. Flavor and palate: Good bitterness. Perfectly balanced. Extremely subtle. Overall impression: Great. Thanks a lot Bov!
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color has a brass hue. Sediment very visible. Nose of grape fruit and apple. Biting pine bitterness on first contact with the tongue dissipating into floral hops. Not overly sweet. As a result, the palate is not syrupy as most other Imperial IPAs Iíve had, e.g. Stone Ruination. Overall: Excellent IPA. Reminiscent of Frankís Double IPA at Pizza Port Carlsbad, which I regard as the best.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow love this d ipa .Been on the west coast for a few months,and this is by far my favorite ! Canít wait to try pty
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a hazy golden/orange. aroma is very floral hops with come resounding cirtus pulling through. no real malt on the nose. drinks with tons of grapefruit, orange, pineapple up front finishing bitter with resiney piney hops. lingering after taste makes you want more. great ipa