DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Hazy amber gold with a 1-finger beige head. Very sweet aroma with loads of fresh grapefruit, slightly floral. Heavy mouthfeel, modest carbonation, sweet malt, and ridiculous amounts of grapefruit/resinous hops leading to a dry bitter finish. The alcohol is certainly apparent but not harsh. A bit of a syrupy quality late in the pint. BIG in every way.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extraordinarily balanced. Huge aroma followed by some extremely palatable beer.
pinolian (3) - pinole, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The combination of hops and malty finish is incredible. This is definitely top five double IPA’s on California brewers.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 handbottle...thanks Richard....aroma: HEAVENLY. guge bouquet of citus and very heavy on the pineapple. this one was literally bursting out of the glass. had a nice sweet quality to it that made it even more pronounced....appearance: amber. golden brown, lightly carbonated, and small,skimpy white head (not a bad thing).....taste: very strong citrus hop component but not ovewhelmingly so. finish had a bitter sensation to it that lasted for quite a while. also quite dry.......i could have never tasted this, the aroma was sooooo good. very nice DIPA.
Had this one again at O’briens on 3/3/08 and only thing to add was that the bitterness was more quaffable this time around. really fresh on the piney hops and lingered on for a bit but wasn’t as astringent as the time before.
eaglefan538 (2968) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009 Hand bottle courtesy IrishBoy via trade. Pour was amber with a frothy white head showing, fairly quickly diminishing. The aroma was strong citrus, sweet citrus, yum. The flavor was sweet fruity malts, very well balanced with a firm citrus hop presence that had some piney resinous bite, none of the bitterness lost in the rich malts. Slight vegetal or herbal hop presence under everything, mouthfeel was full bodied within the style only light to moderate carbonation, perhaps lost in the hand bottling, yet still very enjoyable. Rated with a curve for mouthfeel, but otherwise excellent. Thanks so much, Rich! Re-rated at SL as shared by Gabe or Steve, June 09: Similar experience, but this bottled version seemed to have a styrofoamey taste, somewhat disappointing considering an official bottling.
j210277 (5) - USA - JUL 19, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Definitely one of my top 5 beers, and just around the corner from my place. What more can a man want.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 On tap--Toronado, SF. Fantastic grassy smell. Golden, clear.
[Tasted next to a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid]
This is a lighter color--clear golden. Very hop dominated and a beautiful, full-bodied sting, but not quite malt balanced enough. Who knows--it all comes down to taste and taste changes even within a single beer fanatic. No doubt a fantastic double IPA that I will never turn down I actually prefer the Hop Stoopid.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Stone Brewery. Aroma was of some caramel malt, with floral / citrus / and tropical hops. Flavor was similar, very nice beer.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Duane shared a hand-bottle from Styles. Thanks guys, this one has been on my want list for a while, and I’m leaving it there because it was so good! Amazing IIPA. Clear copper pour, which honestly discouraged me a little bit. I was surprised it was filtered so much. Aroma quickly took my fears away. Fruity and citrusy hop aromas are huge. Same with the flavor. Very smooth and easy to drink. Exceptionally well balanced beer.
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Toronado. Pale in color but not aroma, it’s bursting with american hops. Extraordinarily balanced in the flavor but the balance melts away into a thorough - and enjoyable - bitterness. It’s almost worth a trip to San Fran just for this on draft.