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 doesnít 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 itís near perfect.
JaBier (7027) - 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 itís there, but doesnít 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. IBUís 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 itís 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 (12198) - 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.
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You could mistake this beer for a Christmas tree in the next room. Big and piny with some undertones, must, banana, peach. Light clear sparkly. A beautifully dense head which settle leaving prodigious lacing. Much lighter than expected. Tastes like a ruby red grapefruit rind. Bitter but with a soft finish. A brilliant DIPA.
Skinnyviking (8958) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Low bujt lasting off-white head. Clear golden body. Powerful hops piney aroma. Very bitter hops grapefruit flavor. Low carbonation and a long aftertaste. A bit too one sided in my opinion.
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an incredible IIPA. It pours a beautiful dark yellow. It smells nice, but doesn’t give away the wallop its about to deliver to your tongue. Flavours of grapefruit, hops, and toffee really stand out. The grapefruit especially smacks you at first.
While IPAs and even IIPAs aren’t my favorite style, this is one of the best I’ve had.