ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the Toronado. Golden color, great clarity. Off-white head with moderate retention and good lacing. Strong aroma of hops (resin, pine, citrus, ammonia). Initial flavors are hops: resin, citrus, pine. Noticable ammonia notes as well. Strong alcohol flavor kicks in after a few seconds. Toasty malt notes also apparent. Nice bitter finish. Medium body, Moderate carbonation. Nice long, smooth finish for an 8% beer. Some alcohol warmth and dry finish from abundant hops. A strong beer, but very drinkable considering the high hopping level and fairly high alcohol level. Most excellent.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. It was an excellent crafted DIPA. We went on a beer tasting sojourn in the area. Though this was very, very excellent, outstanding IMHO has to go to Bear Republic in Healdsburg.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap. Pours a slightly yellowish, deep orange color. Fluffy white head that fades, but not completely, and leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. Not as aggressive on the nose as one would expect. Grassy with some pine as well, but not bitter smelling, this brew smells somewhat sweet. Tastes more bitter than it smells. Grassy and citrusy. I taste bitter grapefruit as well as the piney, hoppy flavor you’d expect. Palate is somewhat thickish in a good, hoppy sort of way. Nice carbonation that fades towards the end of the glass. Not the best DiPA I’ve ever had, but still very, very good.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Toronado.
Nice dull copper color with an inch of off white head. INSANE lacing, the suds are so sticky they’ll probably have to sandblast the residue off the glass. Good retention.
If somebody suffocated you with a sack of hops, this would be your dying whiff. Monstrous pine, grapefruit, some sweet citrus, citrus rind, a medley of floral notes.
Flavor contains an outrageous amount of hops, but the blend and balance therein makes this beer special. Never acrid or overpowering, the citrusy flavors stand stable. A perfect amount of doughy caramely malt loiters in this festival of hops.
Carbonation is crisp, mouthfeel is very smooth. A terminal bitterness dries the mouth.
I would power through an entire growler of this stuff if I could keep from passing out. Top notch beer.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz handbottled courtesy of Irishboy! Thanks Richard! Pours an orange amber color with a medium frothy offwhite head that coats the tulip glass like a sheet. Nose of grapefruit hops that pungent and inviting, sweet malts and some resin. Initial taste light-medium bodied, grapefruit/citrus hops light up the mouth with caramel malt presence. Mid palate to finish with sharp bitterness and mild sweet malts. Palate duration is excellent holding that sharp bitterness. ABV is well masked. Great head retention. Very hoppy & tasty double IPA.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at O’Brians in SD.
Not your ordinary IPA.
Strong floral hop essence with a nice balance.
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sIMPLY PUT, ONE OF THE BEST ipa’S EVER BREWED. Indeed, very hoppy, yet the malty noted balance for this extreme brew blends perfectly. I cannot wait to try the "younger" which I believe is there triple IPA.
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Poured amber with elephantine head comprised of large bubbles & the lacing was gorgeous. Aroma of freshly cut pine. Medium prickliness, as expected. Flavor is lightly sweetened pine boughs, embittering through the long finish. Similar to Arrogant Bastard Ale in flavor. Absolutely no alcohol flavors, so the fact that this comes to 8% surprises me.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From growler shipped to me (6 days old when opened): Golden in color with a touch of amber. This still poured a great 3/4" head that dissipated slowly. Strong scents of pure hops, pine and grapeftuit. The palate shows the hops more than the "Blind Pig" and is drier but not necessarily any more bitter. Again, this is a very well balanced beer that has a bit more of everything than the "Blind Pig".
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Upon my first sip of this, I had a huge smile on my face. The hops are perfect. It’s not some "masochistic feel the pain of the hops" types of beers. It’s not aggressive. It is there, and it is deliciously drinkable. Not much could be better than this beer.