rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from tap an orangy-blonde with a medium sized ecru head. Huge aroma of floral hops, citrus, and light toast. The flavor dominates the palate with floral hops, pine resin, gratefruit, and a lemony citrus. These flavors are balanced with a huge mildly sweet malt mouthfeel -- almost chewy. Wow, love this beer. If you are tasting many different beers with this one, drink this one last. You wonít want to go back for any other. It dominates.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From my backlog. Thanks to Jason for sharing this treat. Too bad I didnít get to try the younger. Handbottle by way of MrBendo and mwsf. Still poured a nice frothy foam with nice lacing despite the handbottlilng. Sticky flavour with bits of toffee and pine resin. Wonderful floral aroma that was quite complex in nature. Some grapefruit, lemon grass and pine. A bit heavy on the syrup side of things, but the intense amount of bittering hops helped to keep this in check. Good balance here between the malt backbone and hop profile. Well done IIPA and well being sought after!
can8ianben (1362) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 Oh man, this was a dream beer for me. If you like big hoppy IPAs, figure out how to get yourself to the Sonoma Valley to try this one. Big and bold in all aspects. Hops create the syrupy sweetness and bold bitterness that has such a lovely grapefruit and pine blend that I could have died and gone to heaven. Next time Iím here Iíll order a big glass or a pitcher. The sampler was amazing, but I was left wanting more of this one in particular. The waiter mentioned that this was the first double IPA ever??!?
lb4lb (2563) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 One hell of a birthday gift sent from a friend. Thanks!
Poured from a 10 day old growler. I was worried about it holding up and wanted to get to this promptly and was momentarily worried, when I got no PSSSTTT sound when opening the growler. Poured into a tulip and the head vigorously formed, regardless. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a rich, incredibly long lasting offwhite head that left huge chunks of frothy lacing. Smell was huge piney, fruity, grapefruity, citrusy hoppy deliciousness. Taste is incredibly smooth and clean. Citrusy fresh hops and a hint of a slighly syrupy body, but still just barely medium to full bodied. The drinkability on this was phenomenal and the alcohol was hidden perfectly. Flavor was a touch milder than expected but was still divine and went down like water. Great double IPA.
2.5 week old bottles rerate in 2014.
Oh my tastes have changed. Iím sick of the DIPAs and even this and Heady topper side by side is no exception. Citrusy and piny scent. Slightly dryish taste with pine and grapefruit rind but enough sticky sweetness remains that makes me not want a lot. Still, seems more attenuated or drier than Heady. Not impressed. Would prefer Blind Pig I think as its not as syrupy or boozy.
sunevdj (3301) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
DLD in a growler brought by a guy from San Fransisco... Thanks man!!! Pours a clear golden with awhite head. Slightly bitter. Lots of hops, perfect profile. Medium to full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Also some soy sauce sensations. Also aromas of alcohol and residual sugars. Low carbonation. Bitter finish with a bit of plantsap.
Lothore (571) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Poured on tap at the brewpub. It is a beautiful deep golden color with a small head which sticks around until the bottom of the glass.
S- Smells of oily piney hops with a distinct sweet maltiness in the background.
T- Tastes of bitter piney hops with a good amount of sweet maltiness to balance it out. A bready doughy flavor is in the background.
M- Thick with a lot of carbonation that gives you an awesome kick. Great mouthfeel to say the least
D- For an 8 percent abv brew this went down extremely smooth. I drank it so fast in fact that I definitely was feeling the alcohol afterwards that I didnít taste. All in all a great DIPA.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow...some nice guy had a growler of Pliny the Elder at Dark Lord Day. Poured amber with a nice white head. Great aroma. Incredibly bitter and very oily aftertaste. Very well done though, I wish I could get it in Illinois.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Draught at SD Craft Brewerís convention. Rich sunflower-golden 22K gorgeous color with not much head but lace in a plastic cup! As bright and fresh a bouquet as can possibly be. (notes of tangerine). The best grain character of any IPA I have had. Close enough to perfection that the smile on my face speaks all--This is Pure Pleasure that healed me right up, this is my new favorite IPA.
bennylava (99) - California, USA - APR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Golden yellow color with abundant head. Aroma is off the charts with so many components: citrus, floral, grassy/hay. Taste is extremely unique with the malty flavor being overwhelmed with all the hops. Of course, it ends bitter/dry but what a trip to get there. Excellent!
GJF (1294) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Give me a break! Iím not going to wax poetic over this beer, I will just say drink it now. Drink it again. Love this beer!