thome50 (1153) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 Bottles courtesy ericandersnavy, thanks again. Poured a nice golden orange with very minimal head. The aroma had a nice amount of citrus hops with very little malt detected. The taste was a deal breaker as the beginning had a decent amount of bitter present from the hops but then the malt and alcohol took over. Compared to other DIPAs I would have said the beer was slightly old but this beer is only a few weeks old. It was still fairly easy to drink and not totally off putting with the malt. Iím not sure that I will put any away for later as I highly doubt the flavor will become anymore "interesting" than it currently is. (At least for my palate.)
drowland (6575) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/1/11. 12oz bottle courtesy Cavie! Not quite clear dark orange pour with a huge yellowish head that sizzles away but laces plenty. Big Simcoe and Centennial hop presence in the aroma - grapefruit, tropical fruits, sweet fruits, and more with a solid caramel malt backing in there. Sweet tropical fruit flavor up front followed by the nice malt backing that ends with a bitter hop kick that begs for another sip. Quite nice! My favorite of the ones Iíve had so far (8-11).
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to wagenvolks for sending a pair of these bottles my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.
Pours a clear light copper color with a short white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The aroma has a bit of piney hops and some slight resin. A bit of an earthiness to it as well. Some malt sweetness hits in the end as well. Touch of alcohol. The flavor is too balanced, with the ledger tipping in favor of the malt. Too much sweetness and caramel push down the nice hoppiness, which is slightly earthy and floral. A bit of alcohol in the finish, along with a mix of bitterness and sweetness. Overall, way too much malt. Hops even begin to take a back seat to the alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-24-2011
awinkro (2) - Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrusy hop and ester aroma. Great Simcoe hop bite. A solid caramel malt backbone. Very easy to drink many of these.
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sean for this... pours a clear dark orange with a light tope head, small cap, ok lace... nose is really awesome, lots of tropical fruits, nice malt build, a little pine, no alcohol, great... the taste is equally nice more the hops show with more pine and alcohol but still lots of tropical fruits
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Mora2000, thanks Bill! Pours a crystal clear, orange-copper colored body with a finger-width, dense, creamy and foamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice with lots of fresh, sweeter hops. Grapefruit pines, peaches, floral oranges, resins, and some apricot. Solid caramel sweetness to balance with a hint of rounded bread. Flavor is similar. Lots of caramels with a medium sweetness up front along with plenty of citrus pines. Grapefruit, oranges, peaches, tropical fruits, and resins. Hops grow towards the end where this finishes dry and resiny with a grapefruit kick and solid caramel balance before leaving a medium bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste with plenty of piney fruits and wet hops following a smooth and soft, medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a very well done, impressive DIPA. Lots of fresh, sweeter, resiny, fruity hops and a solid caramel malt to balance. Tons of flavor and very enjoyable.
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Hopper. Pours a transparent, rusty orange with a thin, creamy lacing white head. Nose is candy, oranges, honey, flower pollen, pine sap, whole hop flowers. Great fresh grapefruit flavor, lemons, honey, a little lime zest, malty. Full bodied, bitter finish. Pretty good. I thought they could have used just a touch more malt to round it out, but overall pretty good. Easy drinker too.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear deep orange brew with a small amount of white head. Aroma is very nice with lots of pine, citrus, and some malty sweetness. Flavor is pretty balanced with a nice bitter finish - grapefruit, herbs, and a bit of peach. Is this yearís DR worthy of all the hype? Probably not. Itís still a very tasty and drinkable DIPA and considerably better than Saint Arnoldís regular brews.
djd07 (4921) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Front Porch Pub. Pours a clear orange amber with a small creamy white head that leaves good sticky lacing. The aroma is a piney hop with citrus and floral. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet hop with fruit, mostly peach with a nice lingering bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it very easy to drink. Really enjoyed this IIPA from Saint Arnold. Hope they make this a seasonal.
suprchunk (2479) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had to use a bottle opener on this twist-off bottle, as it seems some beer either didnít get cleaned before the cap was applied. Or, more plausible, some beer leaked out while in transit. Seriously, people switched back to pry-off bottles because of the íleak-abilityí of twist-offs. Twist-off? For real? Pours a deep amber. No head, just bubbles along the edge of the glass. No lacing. Smells like a beautiful bouquet of hops. There is a bit of a cardboard aroma, but just slightly so. No real malt aroma mixed in the hops and citrus stuffed in a shoe-box. Slight vegetal taste with the minimal hop taste. I thought this would be a bit more hoppy than it is in the mouth. Alcohol taste. Alcohol heat, but minimal. Thin, under-carbonated beer that leaves a bitterness in the mouth that is more tannin than hops. A funky chalky feeling left in the mouth. Not that good of a beer. A bit lackluster, no a lot lackluster for a IIPA. Not enough hop taste, too many off aromas, watered-down mouthfeel mixed with an over-extracted tannin pucker .
There is no way I would age this beer with the twist-off caps. Not good advice to even attempt to do so. Though I suppose no oxygen would get in if they are all super glued like this one was. And it definitely would not affect the carbonation level that wasnít even present.