RussianDragon (490) - - MAY 15, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On draft at Varga Bar, Philadelphia, March 25, 2013. Dreadnaught33 and I made the trip up here, complete with tuxedos for the "black tie" event. Little did we know we’d be the only ones dressed for the occasion.
PtY pours a nearly clear golden orange color with active carbonation creating a ring of white head and ample lacing. Aroma is overall floral with a sweet fruity complexity, and slightly dank. Flavor is amazing: resinous, sweet and bitter all at the same time. Notes of tropical fruit, pine, malt and floral complexity combine to make this triple IPA worthy of the hype. For an 11% beer, the alcohol is very well masked. A memorable event to be able to try this.
volksygge (33) - NORWAY - APR 17, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Eye: hazy dark amber with stable, creamy head
Nose: WOW! Citrusy, floral, mango/tropical fruits, apricot, some malts
Mouth: 50/50: hops plus nice portion of malts (mainly toasted bread and little caramel), oily, medium carbo
Complex and well balanced. Worth every penny ;)
Marco_Gtz (8) - Vacaville, California, USA - APR 11, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at The Graduate in Davis CA. 8 oz pour, finally scratched off my bucket list. Definitely a beer everyone should have.
kokobucks (14) - - MAR 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer but overhyped. I might enjoy the Elder better anyway.
Worth trying but don't wait in line.
bmerz (712) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the brewery, Feb 14, 2014...after 5 hours in line 10am-3pm. As luck would have it I hadn’t kicked a cold and my Sudafed wasn’t quite strong enough. So I was getting maybe 25 of the nose. It was certainly potent enough to appreciate the aroma, perhaps a bit academically. It pours dark clear orange with no head or lace. The aroma is floral orange, honey, pine, very clean grain. The flavor is super clean intense bitterness all over, tip to back. The bitterness is drying and very long lasting. Notes of grapefruit, pine, wood, and subtle fruit sweetness weave in and out. The feel is dense. It doesn’t push or hide the alcohol. While I need to have it with my full capacity and may or may not give it higher marks overall it commands respect. It’s an archetype just like its smaller siblings.
corrobot (1) - Sacramento, - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: dark golden. SRM about 8.5. White, creamy head with tiny and medium bubbles intermixed that disappears quickly. Lacing is good and lasting with tiny and small bubbles.
Aroma: citrus hop aroma with surprising maltiness. Floral and tart lemony. Slightly yeasty - raw bread dough.
Flavor: prominent and forward hop notes to start that balances well with maltiness. Brown sugar. Apricot. Finishes with bitter lime: zest and pith.
Mouth feel: lively prickle that lasts. Oily in texture- thick oil like olive. High viscosity.
Comments: very complex. Well- balanced overall. Balanced hop bitterness and maltiness at first that disappears and becomes malt-forward. Hops reintroduce themselves at the finish with a prominent bitter lime flavor. As the beer breathes and warms, maltiness increases. Notes of sweat begin to appear on the nose, as well.
Dieseljaxx (9) - Roseville, California, USA - MAR 12, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Boxing Donkey...so yummy! This is a bucket list beer, one of the best triple IPAs in the land. This beer is tough to find as it is only available once a year but if you're lucky enough to land it, you will mark the day.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Strife21 (139) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2014 Pour is golden amber. Smell is floral hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Taste starts off sweet, super hoppy, huge notes of pine and resin. Finishes with a bitter grapefruit flavor. Light body and light carbonation.
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ RR. Pour is deep golden with a finger-wide white head. Aroma is of pine sap, resin, tropical fruits, orange juice and apple juice. Flavor is of fresh crushed hops, caramel, and tropical fruit. Finish is bitter and full of pine oil. Alcohol is hidden very well.
goochflies (50) - Kaiserstuhl, SWITZERLAND - MAR 8, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Genius beer. I had it at Russian river brewery on February 17 this year. For me it was as good as the hype. Amazing fruity aroma and mouth feel. Starts and ends perfectly and after three I was craving more. Several weeks later and back in Europe im still craving it. Delicious. Will go back next year for sure.