Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Spuyten. Pours a clear light amber, almsot a plisner like gold. Very sticky and rocky white head and great lacing. Aroma is very sharp and pungent with grapefruit and pine hop character. Some mango hoppiness and sweetness in the flavor with more pine in the end. Orange and citrus all the way through. Sticky hoppy bitterness in the end. I felt that this was hoppier, more bitter, and yet more balanced and easier to drink than say a ruination for example. This is a pleasure to drink.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sheesh. What a beer. Vinny is an incredibly talented brewer and one that I admire. This one makes lager lovers simply cry. First, pour is a golden orange color with minimal head. To say there is hops in the nose is to say that Frank Sinatra had a decent voice (for my buddy Bri). This is one major hoppy SOB and its phenomenal. I think that after trying Drakes Denogginizer and then this in the same week I’d better let my taste buds rest a week or so. Not sure if they can stand up to the onslaught that is hops. WOW. GET THIS WHEREVER YOU CAN!!!!!!!!
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Najas from early December. Golden clear pour with decent head. Big citrusy greapfruity aroma with a touch of oranges, and a very nice malt backing. More light-caramel malty flavors with generous amounts of citrus greapefruit-rindy and pine hops. Well balanced for me. Nice bitter finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Pizza Port brew pub in San Clemente, CA. Beautiful, clear golden coring with a nice, creamy, even froth. Luscious aromas of cookie dough and freshly baked bread underneath the wonderfully hoppy residue. Nice lacing on the glass. Towards the finish, some notes of carraway and cardamin seed shine through. Very piney hops resin coats the tongue. Yummy. Clean finish to a very nice hoppy IPA.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Lupulin Slam III, 2006. Wow. Beautiful clear copper with a thick off-white head. Intense piney grapefruit PacNW hop aroma. Flavor is just beautiful; notes of pine, lemon, grapefruit and spiciness underneath an undercurrent of sweet pale malt and a little caramel. Medium bodied with with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. My only criticism is that it could have a little more body. Great head retention. Awesome beer.
ChazMania (650) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 On tap at Naja’s in Redondo Beach. Awesome crisp flavor, hinting at pine, citrus and juniper. I really liked this one. Would have had another but was driving.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
lupulin slam #3 (although I had it previously at OBF and GABF). light gold. fruity floral hops in the aroma. ridiculously light in body. very little malt character, lots of aggressive somewhat mediciny hops. hides the booze real well, but the harshness of the hops is not what i’m looking for in a dbl-ipa. This is good, but give me a bend hophead any day of the week instead.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the brewery, arrived with a short head and a wonderful amber color. Hoppy with earthy aroma, wonderful. The taste is exceptional, almost overpowering at first then the flavors kick in - pine, citrus, tons of earthy flavors. hops make the mouth tingle, then you swallow and the floral after taste is wonderful. Wanted another, but was on a brewery tour - need a keg or at least five or six cases. I’ll be back.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Russian River Brewing Co. Awesome hoppy, citrus aroma .! The flavor of hops, pine, citrus and bitterness dances in your mouth! Great finish and mouthfeel
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 re-rate - draft at Falling Rock: Slightly hazy pale yellow color, with medium sized white head. Aroma is full of juicy, oily, citrusy hops, with lemon and orange zest. The aroma really showcases the hops, with nothing else in the aroma to cloud the hoppiness. Flavor is full of citrusy hops, very faint honey and light malts. Finish is fairly balanced. Overall this is a total hop vehical, with nothing else to cloud the picture. This really is the idea in my mind of a west coast DIPA - pure hops, with nothing else in the way - the base beer really just plays a supporting role.
draft at Naja’s place: Very pale yellow color with small white head. Aroma is very hoppy, full of citrusy PNW hops. Flavor is round, chocked with hops, with a touch of caramel and honey, and a solidly bitter, dry finish.