cohiba73 (11) - Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best Imp IPAs out there. A true hop bomb that is citrussy, floral, piney and refreshing. With an IBU level hovering above 200 it is refreshingly bitter and you crave another drink as soon as you put the glass down. What a great beer.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Nose is very floral. Hops galore from the first sip all the way through. Finishes dry and thin. This one is fruity sweet with hops and slightly resiny. Maybe picking up some sugars here as well. great IPA from a master brewer...
CheersMate (1318) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 First off, not fond of the color. Too yellow and clear for me. VERY aromatic. This beer smells like a hop field. An amazing balance of malts and hops. This beer smacks you in this face with hops and malts. It is amazing. Man, this beer has a PERFECT balance of hops and malts. That bittering hop bites you in the back of the mouth. Lovely texture. The color does not match the taste. I thought this beer would be a lot worse due to the coloring, but the taste and aroma surpasses the expectation. Overall, this beer is awesome. I love it. I think the balance is perfect and the hop taste is amazing.
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet and aroma with loads of hops, pine and citric notes. Sweet flavour with pine and loads of hops, grapefruit and citric notes. Solid bitterness towards the end.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light, clear gold in color with a small white head. Big hoppy nose full of pine. Fairly bitter hop flavor with a resiny smoothness in the mouth. Nice mix of hops. Some grapefruity notes, some pine. very good DIPA.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted 11/15/08. 500ml bottle. Filtered with a golden hue. Bubbled off-white head. Smokey and resinous aromas. Lotta hops in the nose as well. Complex hop aromas; woody, earthy, floral, grassy and candy. Full bodied and bitter. Slick with great flavors. Candy malts and bitter hops. Wonderful complexity. Thanks Ric! Amazing!
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber gold. Light-medium head. Awesome intense aroma - grapefruit, passionfruit. Serious double ipa - clean citrus flavor, medium body, a lot of bitterness in the finish. pine, wood chips. Not too far away from 60 minute and Hopslam in flavor. The aroma is easily the highlight of this one.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle, courtesy of and shared with Jerc and Mabel - thank you so much for sharing the much sought after gem guys! Incredible pine hop aroma - wow. Medium to dark yellow, frothy white head. Incredible taste - all pine hops, ,lovely soft body, so balanced. No alcohol noticeable. Soft tingly almost juicy hops. The most well integrated double IPA I have tried? Stunning. This and Yulesmith - you cannot get any better. I give this one the edge - for now.
scenroot2 (6) - , Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearnce - Pours clear and light gold/orange with some nice lacing that sticks around for the entire ride.
Smell - Piney, citrus/grapefruit, floral & hoppy. Smells like one would after frolicking in a field of hops.
Taste - First taste is hoptastic... goes down smooth and gets even better once the palate adjusts to the hops; light malt sweetness starts coming through. Every sip is more enjoyable than the one before and dissipates in the mouth into a refreshing clean hop taste.
Palate - Great mouthfeel on this one... Crisp and light going down with medium carbonation and effervescence.
Drinkability - Zoinks scoob... this is one tasty beer. 8% you say? Blasphemy! Usually I can not drink but 2-3 IPAs since my palate gets overwhelmed andI am left with a dry hoppy taste in the back of my throut... but this one... I could drink Pliny all night.
This is one of the best beers I have ever had! RRBC IMO is one of the best American brewers out there.
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Thanks to trevor211 and DirtyMartini for the bottle!
Cloudy golden tangerine with a bubbly white head. Nose is hop extreme with a lot of citrus and minor earthy pine. Flavor is very bitter and with more citrus, some malt finally observable by the end. Full body yet smooth and refreshing, long, bitter finish of fresh hop and orange, some alcohol becomes noticeable in the finish. This is all about pure hop, a mainline right into the mouth. As such, it is probably my favorite IIPA and definitely stands out in the category.
Even at two months, this is hands down the best IIPA I’ve had. I would session this regularly if available. Case closed.