Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer, extremely well balanced with great bittering and flavoring hops. I always enjoy this one
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2010 2010 - Rerated - bottle that Greg brought over...Much better the second time. Maybe it was an old keg at Henry’s? Nice floral aroma with a hint of citrus. Went very well with fajitas.
2008 - On tap at Henry’s - I was pretty excited to try this one, but I must admit that I was a bit disappointed. It didn’t have the hops flavor I would expect from an Imperial IPA (especially one rated this high). It’s a bit like a decent karaoke singer on a cruise ship.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with golubj. Thanks Jon! Pours a nice orangish amber color with big fluffy white head. Heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, pine, hops, citrus, hops, spices and hops. Did I mention hops? In true west coast fashion, this is a hop bomb and half. However, it is still easily drinkable and a hint of malt can still be detected. has amooth semi bitter finish. As far as DIPAs go I think it is a very good version and deserves the praise even if it really isn’t my preferred style of beer.
DrDogbeer (6) - weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to swnicholson for this baby! What a day!- Blind pig and supplication in the afternoon, great dinner, then Pliny before bed!
Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Nice bright orange color with a sticky white head that lasts and produces tons of sticky lace.
Smell is intoxicating. Tons of citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and orange. One of the best aromas in a dipa I have smelled. Lately it seems most of the dipa’s have been hop heavy but really malty as well. Not this one. Great balance, but the hops are the heroes!
Wonderful, zesty hop flavor throughout the mouth! Nice and full flavored as well- I just want to swich it throughout my mouth- does not kill the taste buds, just the right amount of hop bite with a sweet, sweet finish. Maybe a bit of damp hop taste as well (funky?)
This may be the best beer I have ever had. I am going to have another tonite to make sure, and I am really looking forward to it!!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz. bottle. Bottled on 7-30. Poured a nice dark gold with an orange tint to it, nice full white head that clings very well. Smells like fresh pine, damn. Great hop flavor up front, nice malt to balance it out. Not overpowering but does stick to the tongue just a little bit to make you want more. Very good beer.
Stine (1665) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally! Bottled 07/09/08. A glassy, bronze hue of orange, and a thin rim of white. Green hop bitterness forward in the nose, in sagebrush, hemp oil, and lychee rinds. A sunny orchard warmth of fleshy stone fruits, apricot and nectarine particularly, and a somewhat sugary malt substance of cotton candy and caramel settles in with time. Careful and composed, clean and soft, and while the fruity character of the hops is always frontal and forceful, it backs in and out of the more typical grapefruit sensation only briefly, and lingers more on those gorgeous stone fruits.
Flavor is an initially aggressive bittersweetness of pinewood and pears, grounded in wildflower honey and doughy pale malt, with a bit of sage butter lingering uncomfortably outside the windows. The fleshiness of stone and citrus fruits again washes in warmly as the bitterness amends itself to every corner of the mouth, although the oiliness of the hemp and sagebrush bitterness remains present in a greenish smoky cloud. Toward the finish, the hops gather softness in a comfortable floral perfume; a summertime herbal garden.
Full palate is slightly sticky and consistently syrupy. Soft carbonation. Ending is somewhat short and bittersweet, returning to the greens in a finalizing dirty hop grind. The balance and calmness of this understated example makes it really quaffable and bright, but the texture never dries out in with the intensity anticipated. Still, a pretty monumental example as far as craft and care goes. Thanks Ty!
ChuxBeer23 (10) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A customer from California brought in some Russian River to sample. Thank you sir.
Nice aromatics, pleasant looking, but in the end it seemed very one-noted with out any complexity or depth. Bitter and soapy. I have waited a while to try this and all I can say is that I a very disappointed.
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by cdumler at the 2008 Richmond Summer Gathering in Williamsburg. Thanks Chris! Yellow amber pour with a medium head. HUGE hop aroma with earthy, citrus and herbal notes. If this isn’t a perfect aroma, what is? Earthy, vegetal and citrusy taste which is very nice, though it doesn’t hold up to the amazing aroma. Full bodied.
travita (4435) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored some haziness with a good white lacy head. Less intense bitterness than I expected. More spicey in the hop aroma, good fruits aromas as well as caramel. Bitterness at finish. Good beer.
yespr (36100) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap at OBrians. Pours almost clear and golden orange with a creamy and lacing white head. Dense fruity hops and smooth caramel malt showing through. Extremely smooth mix of caramel and dense hoppy oily flavours, yet in no way overempowering. Smooth peachy and light fruity hops finish with a little persisting caramel malt presence.