AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty much on of those famous beers that Iíve heard so much about and finally had a chance to try. Huge bold hoppy aroma and flavor. Good malt is still around to back it all up. A darn good beer. These guys pretty much set the standard for IIPAs.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. I have to say, I feel a little bit let down here. This was definitely a good beer - thick enough, hoppy enough, balanced, citrus and piney enough, etc. But itís definitely not as good as some other DIPAs on the list.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge hoppy nose. Herbs, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, peach. Mouthfeel starts with a slight citrusy sweetness that fades into a wonderfully crispy bitter exclamation point.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint draft at the brewery (x 2). Oh my gosh! This is positively one of the best beers this hop head has ever had. As I recall, the beer was spot on for color (rich amber) and had beautiful lacing throughout the drinking. The aroma and flavor screamed "HOPS!" but was incredibly well balanced with a huge backbone of sweet malts. I would never have guessed this was 8% abv nor 90+ IBUs. But I talked to Vinnie Cilurzo (head brewer) and he confirmed it all, along with its having seven different hop varieties! The man knows how to brew.
t4h2c0 (89) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had it on tap at the brewery while headed north. Very nice IPA, fresh hop tasting while still extremely bitter. Not as extreme as the younger and that makes it more drinkable. Kick ass beer though!!
bhensonb (10361) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Huge aroma of grapefruit - but so much it was nearly resin. Golden color with a beige head that looked almost whipped cream in texture. Tiny bubbles. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Grapefruit and a touch of resin for flavor. Pale malt sweetness in the background. The finish is not that dry, but the bitterness stays with the edges of the tongue. Clean and refreshing.
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Had this stuff on tap at The Hopyard in San Ramon, CA. This stuff is amazing! Very piney - and very strong in flavor. But donít let that scare you off - itís very good. The hops hit you from the first sip and donít let go for quite a while.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap, PP Carlsbad 9/17/07. Second time Iíve had this glorious beverage, last time was at RR in jan 2007. Pours a deep golden amber color with nice white foam that leave great lacing. Flavor is a beat down of hops, but never completely over the top, just full of piney goodness. Just a fantastic beer, I dread the day when I can find this within driving distance for I fear I may slip into a Pliny induced hell that I may never escape.
IndianaRed (2190) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at the BP
Clear unimpressive looking light yellow amber. Another very nice merengue looking head. What is it with rhis place. Nice citrusy aroma and huge flavor of grapefruity hops. Some sweet carmel malts come through but this is bigger and much better balanced than their other two medium weight hop bombs.
Again more IBUs thn I would have guessed. That and the 8 ABV are sneaky.
This DIPA is all that they say
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this from bottle from a growler. I am glad that I was able to finally get my taste buds on this as I have had the younger long ago but just could not seem to get this one. This is one of those macically done IIPAís that have complex blend of an exotic fruit salad. Tropical fruits like mangos blended with a mix of very ripe citrus. heaven.