TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hmm...I have been waiting to try this beer for over two years now. So, there is no way it could have possibly lived up all of my expectations. Having said that, if I lived in SoCal, I’d drink it...ALOT. Great citrusy grapefruit nose. Color is brite! I have to wonder why they filter this beer. Filtering strips alot of the essential hop characteristics. So, as good as it was, how good would it be unfiltered? Overall, I am a very happy boy. Pliny rocks!!!!
sebletitje (9268) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Time for an update: Bottle @ Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Bottled date March 01, 2014, opened May 1st, 2014.
Dorée-orangée, col généreux et crémeux blanc.
Arôme houblonné divin offrant un bouquet enivrant frais résineux et forêt de pins, cara-pâle malts.
Palais brille par ses houblons. Note huileuse, pin, résineux sur un fruité modérée allant vers le tropical.
Courtesy of maspuros.
Pours blonde, white head.
Aroma is hoppy, yeasty and fruity (grapefruit).
Taste, hoppy, lots of citrus and grapefruits flavors, giving a light bitter taste. There is a sublte light malty / caramel presence. A good IPA, but not really what I was expecting. 7-3-8-4-16
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled during Surly D-Day from 22-oz bottle. Pours a clear golden pale brew with an average white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film, white ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of heavy grapefruit and piney hop character with a hint of golden grain malt and some white pepper. Taste is medium bodied, some light carbonation with flavors of mostly grapefruit, grassy hops, some golden grain malt, and some light caramel. Finish has a lingering bitterness with some light caramel and golden grain aftertaste. Everything I expected in this highly rated double IPA.
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 Bottle from Red Carpet Wine. Bottled 9/4/2008, it doesn’t get any fresher then this. Pours a beautiful crystal clear yellowish amber color with a nice white head that quickly falls and leaves some very nice lace. Aroma is citrus, pine, spruce, flowery sticky hops with a touch of caramel malt, awesome! Flavor is hops, grapefruit, pine, spruce and an underlaying caramel maltiness. Finish is grapefruit spruce bitterness. Overall a great beer that was a touch thin and could use a touch more balance in the malt dept. Stands up to the hype!
Thoughts added 3/16/2009:
That was an understatement, the more I enjoy this fine brew the more I feel it’s near perfect.
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle provided by and shared with Rogueone. Pours a medium amber with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is grapefruit and hops with some malt on the back end. Flavor is hop that lets you know it’s there, but doesn’t slap you in the face. A touch of sweetness gives this beer a great balance. Finish was surprisingly a bit thin. The bottle is a few months old and the label emphasizes to drink it fresh, so that may have something to do with it. Still a very good IPA. Would love to try it fresh.
Updated 2.6.09 - Guess what? Got to try it fresh. Aroma is out of this world. Citrus notes are more pronounced while keeping the malt character. The flavor is also much more crisp. Truly outstanding stuff.
rthbass (29) - West Linn, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 In the bottle.
Pours a clear dark yellow with thick head and great lacing. Immaculate hop funk aroma. Slightly barn-yardy. Mouth feel is thick without being syrupy and a light but perfect amount of carbonation. A great malt support team that envelops you mouth. Taste is all citrus! Tangerines, lemons, limes, grapefruits, passionfruits. Beautiful taste!! Alcohol is low for an Imperial and nowhere to be found in the taste. IBU’s are VERY nicely kept in check. Amazing BEER!!
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 bottle brewed 9/4/08 poured into a tulip glass has an orange straw color and a thin white head that laced the glass nicely. aroma is a wall of hops delivering grapefruit, apricot, lemon peel, resins, and has a delicious dry hopped topper. sweet, fruited, and inviting. mouth feel is medium light with brisk carbonation that bites at the tongue a bit. flavor has a full malt body but the main attraction is the hops. bitterness picks up as it warms and a honey sweetness smacks the lips. grapefruit citrus mix is amazing up against pine and resins. finish gets hold and just hangs on with bitters and citrus coating the tongue. have wanted to try this one for a while and it does not let down it’s reputation.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Josh for the bottle.
The bottle poured a perfect clear golden liquid, with a good amount of carbonation and a nice little head. Good lacing with this DIPA too. It smells fresh and sweet, a good amount of floral hops with a fruity sweetness. Its taste is a little less hoppy than the smell, but pleasing since I drank the beer alone. I would have needed food had I had more than 1. It has a light feeling in the mouth that finishes pleasantly. I’m happy to have had this DIPA!
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Davidson’s in Littleton, CO. Pours golden with a medium to thin white head. Smells like citrus, pine, flowers with some sticky, sweet caramel. Taste is phenominal, reminds me of Double Simcoe. Nice pine and grapefruit taste, some sweetness, great stuff. Full mouthfeel, great bitterness. I can drink this forever.
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Falling Rock Tap House, GABF 2008. Pours dark yellow with an average, creamy, white head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, cereal, meal), heavy hops (flowers, pine, spruce, grapefruit), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of apple and pear. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.