jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super fresh bottle... Very floral aroma, very citrusy... Incredible looking beer, top notch, what an ipa should look like... The flavor is grapefruit all the way with enough malt and enough grassy hops to keep it in balance... Part of me feels as though there should be three catagories of IPA with the majority of IPA’s that are between 7 and 8.5% included together, this is may more like a 7% IPA in taste profile than a 9% double IPA...
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Balance, balance and more balance. Beautiful floral hop scent. Damn amazing double ipa. Hops and more hops but so damn balanced, yes I said it four times already get over it; and just does what it is supposed to. Laces the glass as though it was nectar from heaven. Wonderful gold color, just gorgeous. Aftertaste is strong in the way a double ipa should be but backs off so as to not overpower. My current favorite double ipa.
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from BlackForestCO with a big huge pile of thanks for this one. Bottle is dated as being bottled on 03.09.09, so less than a month on this one. Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick beiged out head which leaves an ample amount of lacing on the sides. Smells of piles of hops, with clear pines and citrus notes, and even a hint of hay and grass, and maybe even a touch of candied pineapple. Medium bodied with a nice fine carbonation. Sweet, but not a big sugar bomb as some double ipas have a tendancy to be. Large quinine and grapefruit bitterness at the end that changes a little as it lingers. Fantastic beer and a big thanks to Jake for sending this my way.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man oh man... this is it. Sampled blind next to Hop 15, and there’s just no comparison. The incredibly hoppy, yet balanced with a really crisp, and not too-high gravity malt makes this an extraordinary beer. Delicious grassy nose, lots of pineapple bitterness with some really fantastic undercurrents. Makes me rethink the West Coast IPA.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a fairly cloudy orange with a big white head. Big, bitter hop flavor. Lots of grapefruit and other juicy goodness into a very dry finish. Very glad to have had the chance to try this.
larsniclas (6530) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden with a medium, white head.
Loads of grassy hoppiness in the aroma.
High bitterness. Fresh and sursprisingly light.
Elder-berries and notes of tea.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy orange with medium white head. Aroma of hops, mostly citrus, hints of fruit. Taste is similar with extra hints of spices and pine. Bitterness is up front, but finishes in a very pleasant manner. just a wonderful all around IIPA.
SaulusHumulus (47) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Man, I gotta tell you, I fell in love with this straight away. Pours golden tinged with orange and hazy. Pretty thin, lacing, white head. A wonderful aroma of tropical fruit mix, mango, peach, loads of pineapple, and a nice, intense presence of bitter hops. Astonishingly rounded, fruity, crispy, hoppy taste hit your palate hard. Aftertaste of bitter, spicy, peachy hops is just amazing, it lasts and lasts for ages. All this is supported with a perfectly balanced malt base and soft carbonation. I really had some hard time finishing this, since I knew that it would end. More of this and a lot.
JoeinDahlem (1440) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright golden-orange beer with lacy, off-white head. Big nose loaded with citrus and tropical fruit, wet greenery. Quick, juicy, sticky sweetness consumed by high, sticky, long-lasting bitterness. Fantastic aroma but not exactly drinkable nor refreshing.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Average, though not bad, on the appearance. Light straw yellow pour with a small-ish head that laces the heck out of the glass.
Nose is a slightly muted mix of bitter, stiky citrus and tropical fruit over top of an earthy fruity sweetness.
Flavor starts with a hefty slap of bitterness, though not as aggressive as one might expect. Hop profile shines through immediately- dominant sharp, crisp citrus with loads of grapefruit and lemons. Dank, earthy resinous notes blend in as well. Some light sugar cookie malt sweetness balances nicely with the fruit notes on the back end.
Palate lacks some of the dry crispness one might have hoped for, with some lingering semi-oily sweetness, though not enough to detract.
Overall very good DIPA- maybe not the best around, but certainly one of the better examples.