markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured from a growler into a snifter glass
A: Pours a beautiful, clear orange with an ample, fluffy head that lasts quite some time, leaving a tremendous amount of lacing as I quaff it.
S: I already knew how great this beer tasted before I decided to review it, but the aroma doesnít live up to the flavor IMO. Some nice notes of the grapefruit/pine and maltiness that is to come, but the scents donít do the beer justice.
T: Iím not sure words in the English language have yet to be created to describe the godliness of this beer. An immediate blast of sweet grapefruit hoppiness blasts the tongue, followed by a delicious and tantalizing mixture of additional maltiness, and finishing with a piney bitterness. This beer is perfect. Fact.
M: So creamy, so perfectly carbonated, so good. In the words of Frank the Tank, "itís so good, when it hits your lips."
D: Well, hate to penalize it at ALL, but itís TOO drinkable and at 8% ABV, just one growler is pushing the limits. A superbly dangerous drinker.
Highly, highly recommended.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 had this on tap at liars club with smhncabot. aroma was citrus with touches of spruce/pine. The flavor was also of sweet citrus with a citrus bitterness. this is a hop bomb but it is also a very good ipa
bottled within the month.
This is so clean and drinkable, damn you Pliny.
A lot more dankness in the hopping this time.
Malting is crisp and so clean it’s dangerous.
Keeping the rating as is.
kramer (5431) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From growler, Caponeís of Norristown, PA. Pours a clear dark gold to light copper colored body under a one finger fine bubbled white head that faded to a thin film. Aroma is of resiny and piney hops over a hefty bready and lightly toffee malt base. A light note of alcohol. Flavor is resiny hops with a very aggressive bitterness that starts mid-swallow and lingers well into the long finish. Thereís a good base of crusty bready malt, but it stays out of the way of the hops for the most part. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick with a slightly sticky resiny finish. Perfect pinpoint slightly fizzy carbonation cuts the texture well. Pretty darn good stuff. I liked that it wasnít sweet in the slightest and the alcohol was totally hidden. Now to track down the Younger!
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma was piney, resinous, and citrusy with a strong fruity character and an orange note. Malt lurked behind with a bit of a bready character, but was certainly kept at bay by the hop presence which was also a bit grassy. The beer was very lightly hazy golden amber with a low white head which did lace the glass. The flavor was strongly piney and grassy with orange and grapefruit citrus and a well achieved malt backbone to balance the bittering aspect of the hops. The body was heading toward medium full and the carbonation was a bit low (perhaps due to being a growler), but the beer remained creamy in the mouthfeel. Alcohol was really only a factor in some mild warming after consumption. A really nice Double IPA.
Growler from a friend obtained at Caponeís in Norristown, PA on Russian River night 1/17/06.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium gold color - medium head. Wonderfully lively aroma of citrusy hops, with notes of sweet malt, orange peel, grassy hops. Taste is qutie good - bouncing with lively hops throughout, though it si very well balanced and quite easy on the palate. Body is just a tad thin. Finish is clean and crisp.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy golden with an off-white head. Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops, which was nice but still not quite as pronounced as I was looking for. Flavor was a bit blander than the aroma, with some pine and grass coming through but without a lot of malt to back it up and also without a whole lot of density, making it feel a tad thin overall. I donít know if it just wasnít my night for double IPAís or if my palate was shot or if I was expecting too much, but this was the final hoppy disappointment of the evening.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Caponeís (Norristown, PA)
Copper/Amber color. Intense citric hop aroma. Hops are the centerpiece, but donít overwhelm. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Draft at Obriens. Aroma is clean and perfect. Taste is bitter in a hoppy happy way. Crisp finish that lingers.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted at CT V thanks to ty5592. Poured a nice copper color witha light white head out of the growler. Aroma was of pine and a little citrus. The aroma, flavor, and bitterness all transitioned perfectly into the next step of the beer. Each step had the right amount of hops too. This also had some maltiness to back it all up and a little alcohol. Having this straight from the draft could probably boost it up even more. If anyone can send me a growler of the younger now you would make my dad along with all the other columbus tasters.
ClarkVV (4428) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 I guess itís about time I rate this one, Iíve had it on the East Coast, on the West Coast and in between. Recently just had about 8 or 9 tulips between Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hop Devil on the weekend of the January 12th 2007
Always a perfect appearance. Bright and perfeclty-conditioned, with a brassy-gold body with just a tint of deeper copper. White head is painted atop the body, providing moderate lacing.
Keeping with my off-kilter RR reviews (except Damnation and Salvation), Iíll just give my thoughts on this one in no particular order, since already so much has been studied and said about this one.
First off, not nearly as good as P the Younger ;)
More apparent, bare bitterness and not as complex a hop aroma. Pine and citrus dominate the hop schedule, and while there is some excitement added by wintergreen and juicy floral hop notes, it remains pretty citric in the end. Clean, bare, base malt with only a pinch of medium-dry caramel is there in support, but allows the hops to fully glow. High strength of aroma, perpetually sniffable. Clean, flawlessly executed and dry without going overboard on the dryness.
Hop juices, oils and acids all collect on the tongue as significantly more complexity arises out of the flavor than I would predict from the aroma. Nectarines, peaches, mangoes and white grapefruit, with a lime-like bitterness all combine for an intense flavor. High dextrines soften and control the bitterness, for the most part, and allow the acids to more gently cleanse the palate on the end. Malt dosent get in the way, thatís for sure, but it provides strong texture as it should, in a DIPA. A light hint of yeast (b vitamins) is apparent on the end. Hop acids definitely win out in the end, and begin to fatigue the palate over time. The grapefruit and lightly hard pine resin get a bit monotonous as well. But the relative dryness and perfect texture (extremely tight, engaging carbonation) keep it solidly drinkable for its strength.