Beerenberger (1364) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
On top at Russian River Brewery- The aroma is floral with pine notes. Pours a slightly jazzy amber with a thin, but lasting white head. The taste is much like the nose - hop forward with tropical fruit, biscuit, and a nice malty support. Medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel. Overall, a well crafted and drinkable Double IPA.
aleigator (172) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Lothore, thank you very much Tyler!
Pours a golden-amber hue, with a decent head, leaving a thin lacing. This beer smells wonderfull, as it is defined by intriguing aromas of grassy, fresh hops, along with oily pine, earthy malts and fruity papaya notes. As complex as the aromas are, the nose of this beer is very much hop centered, in a gentle, well balanced way - and I love it. As I had my first sample at the Cantillon Quintessence, I actually didn’t want to drink the beer at the first moment, because I never had experienced such great aromas so far.
Almost dough, smooth beginning with oily, wooden flavors of pine, until the hops become recognizable. In an impressive way. They deliver a fantastic grassy bitterness which gets coated up by wooden malts and pleasant, warm oak. Hops define the taste of this beer, without washing away any of the supporting, complex flavors. This allows a multi-layered depth on the palate, which results in a long, dry aftertaste, as hops take over in the end. Citrus peel, kiwi and lime add crispy, fruity hints to the hop impression, altough they don’t stand out too far on their own, but line up with the more present floral and herbal notes. The most pleasant thing about this Double-IPA is its perfect balance. While it is in fact very hoppy, nothing sticks out too much, nothing distracts from the unique complexity, very well done.
Stew41 (1722) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeah ok this is pretty good but knock me down 100%? Subtle for the style and abv but of course shows buckets of class and balance. Never gets above mid weight and really more classical in style than the resin-laden Cali style. Grows on you and the subtly becomes increasingly attractive.
stevoj (1958) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my white whales! Not enough superlatives to rate this great brew. Order, sip and savor. One for the ages.
rejtable (1223) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big deal and deservedly. Tap at lucky Baldwin. Pours yellow slightly cloudy limited head lots lacing. Nose is a pine explosion. Notes of citrus, and a grapefruit and pine lunch in the face. Maybe some light cereal in the background. Taste was heavy/med bitter and light fruity sweet. Full body lively carbonation and long lasting bitterness.
Ricoslim (95) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had thanks to VanS in a trade. Pours golden amber, classic IPA color. Russian River never disappoints. Aroma is strong of citrus and hops are incredible. Very refreshing IPA.
boisebeerguy (75) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Fresh growler thanks to spencer. Nice and crisp with a good amount of hops. Always glad to drink this.
starcross (47) - Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clean, light copper pour. Has a very hoppy nose with smells of pine and citrus. Pine is more prevalent in the taste. Juicy and smooth. Delicious.
mR_fr0g (2387) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Huge thanks to Mr Theydon Bois for muling this back and trading with me. Bottled only 3 weeks ago so super fresh. .
Aroma is initially citrus and tropical fruits, peach, some cat pee and some dank mustyness. Light caramel malts in the nose.
Brilliantly clear golden orange coloured pour with a lasting white fluffy head. some lace.
Flavour is muti-layered hops with initially resin and pine, then spicy and finishes with fresh citrus grapefruit. Malts are clean with a light sweetness and with light biscuit, providing a platform for the hops. Bitterness is assertive, citrus and grassy in nature and super clean and balanced.
Palate is semi-sweet and somewhat chewy, but melts on the tongue nicely. Medium to high carbonation. Coats the tongue in hop resin.
Overall, I really dig the layering of the hops. The beer packs a punch, but is restrained in many ways and the end result is a very drinkable beer. I could drink this til i could not longer stand up. Really need to visit Russian River now.
ElManana (204) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s HUGE hop aroma is so fresh/and re-freshing; smack you around,and tie you up with the hopvine aggresive.That in itself makes this a hop-heads wet dream. But it carries into the balanced body,crisp dry mouthfeel and follow through,giving it Amazing drinkability...It would always bring my palate back to neutral,after some "less worthy" brews!