VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral lemon candy nose. Rich amber with a frothy medium head. Resiny sweet with multiple layers of hop bitterness, extraordinary balance and depth. Massive effervescence, fruity piney and finishes smooth and long. Extremely well put together beer
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 500 ml bottle obtained by trade with toncatcher. The pour was amber and clear with substantial floaties in glass #2. Slick white head trailing minor lacing. Aroma is killer - honey malt with a sharp blast of grapefruit and pine hops. Citrus hops are very upfront and tingly on the ton, followed by resinous pine and finally settling into the sweet malt. More balanced than many IIPAs, and dangerously drinkable despite the ABV. Mouthfeel was sticky and slick with lower carbonation than described in other reviews. Would love to try this one a little fresher to see if there’s a substantial difference in the hop profile. (Bottled 9/4/08)
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Big thanks to drgonzo (of BA fame) for obtaining and sharing a fresh growler of this fine treat with me. Light copper body with a heavy orange tint. Frothy white head that diminishes leaving a steady trail of lacing behind. Slow carbonation, we felt this was due to the growler being a few days old but nonetheless it didn’t seem to affect any of the important attributes. Powerful grapefruit nose joined by lemon and evergreen aromas. Nuts and bread scents could be had as well, this smells awesome. Hearty, filling brew that is exceptionally creamy and remarkably drinkable. The ability to drink this with ease may be it’s best quality. Big bitter aftertaste with a resinous feeling. Fresh citrus fruit flavors followed by pine and doughy malt. A hint of caramel and a solid nutty taste help add plenty of substance to the flavor.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a hazy yellow with white head. Aroma of lemon and grapefruit. Flavor of lemon, grapefruit, malt, nice bitter, very fresh! Mouthfeel is full bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this was very good!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bman1113vr surprised me with this bottle. thanks andrew!! poured a hazy yellow with a soapy white head that laces the glass. aroma was wonderful with grapefruit and a touch of grass. flavor was nice and bold with citrus and grapefruit. medium-full body and high carbonation. this was a great beer and i am looking forward to the younger sometime.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Style and Glass: DIPA, Snifter; Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased on tap at the Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA for $4.75
Hoppy, sweet and delicious. Aroma is hops, sour and mold. A great way to toast the new president, as I had this on inauguration eve. Bright, orange with a small white head. Sticky lace. Pine cirtus and grapefruit in the flavor. Coats the mouth, and finish is long and sweet, then bitter. A truly great brew.
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crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fragrant hop aroma, which is a good hint of the flavor to follow. The flavor is as close to a perfect representation of American hops as I’ve tasted. Citrus and pine are right up front, maybe Cascade/Centennial/Columbus? Somehow it’s not super bitter. A pleasure to drink.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
yellow gold with thick white head. medium carbonation. hoppy nose. flavor has mild malt component with huge deep and complex hop component that is just amazing. cascade, centennial, everything is there. top of the line
thefle (167) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
good ipa, I can’t say it blew me away or anything like that but this was a good beer I would definitely drink it again. Could have used a bit more bite but it this was pretty good
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gift from Nathan. Pours amber with a nice white pillow on top. Sweet citrus and hop aroma. Very well balanced beer. Smooth and subtle at start with the sharpness of the hop bite towards the end. Excellent.