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. Itís not some "masochistic feel the pain of the hops" types of beers. Itís not aggressive. It is there, and it is deliciously drinkable. Not much could be better than this beer.
decaturstevo (5459) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at San Diego Brewing. A more golden pour with hints of read with a white lace. Aroma is pure heavenly hops with light hints of malt in there. Flavor is grapefruity with hints of fruitiness and light malt. Mouthfeel and carbonation were fine as well. The second time Iíve had a chance to enjoy this beer. This is the first time Iíve had it fresh on tap. (1st time was hand bottled). As good as I expected
MxPx1484 (17) - USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Teresaís Next Door in Wayne, PA. Been looking forward to this beer for a long time and it was worth the wait. Alcohol content is not perceivable in the finish. You will be burping up delicious hops for the next hour after just one of these.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a surprisingly golden color for a DIPA with lively carbonation and a sizable head that laces throughout the entire pint. Smells like bready sweet malt and fresh juicy hops. Taste is as it smells, big juicy hops with a huge rush of balancing malt. Medium at most in the mouth with good carbonation. Rediculously drinkable for a DIPA!! No abv apparant, just some hop juice to brighten my day.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ OíBriens San diego. This double IPA poured a deep gold with a rusty hue. Head was thin and off white. Had a big aroma of citrus fruits, floral hops and a dash of maltyness. A great one!
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pale golden color with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, resiny citrus hops. Flavor is some caramel and an oily, resiny, bitter citrus hop finish.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 The smell of fresh Elder literally makes me horny: strawberry, elderflower, resiny, piney and dank hops. Great golden color whether fresh or not. The flavor is layered, fruity, dank, spicy and always refreshing. People talk about the quality of Expedition despite its production volume; this beer shames whatever bullshit plateau people think Larry Bell has reached.
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ OíBriens San Diego. Piney, citrusy hop aroma. Amber colored IPA. Malts tend to mellow the hops a tad. still a wonderously hopped beer. some grapefruit but doesnt dominate as it does in some DIPAís. Enjoyed
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As per the beer advocate suggestions, I poured this beer into a snifter. It pours a reddish amber color with a white head. The aroma is very pungent with piney and citrusy aromas, but also has a subtle sweet aroma. It reminds me of DFH 90 or 120 minute. The taste makes the distinction between this beer and DFH though. There isnít the high residual sweetness with this beer as there is with the DFH varieties. Also, it isnít as bitter as I expected. It is actually a very balanced beer. I detect a bit of grapefruit in the flavor and a bunch of pine. I am not generally a fan of DIPAís, but this is really good because of the balance. My girlfriend is going to CA later this month, so Iím going to have her bring a growler back. I donít know how long it will take me to finish, because it might hard to drink several pints in a row.