Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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 (5196) - 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 (3879) - 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 (2342) - 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.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from LeopoldStoch. Pours a clear, golden brown color with white head. The aroma has pine and citrus notes as well as a hint of caramel. The taste has a malt sweetness to it and then hits you with a piney, floral hop flavor. It isnít as crisp on the finish as a west coast IPA. There is a lingering bitterness with it that is different but not necessarily bad, kind of reminds me of dandelions. Better then Divine Reserve I have had in the past but not something I would seek out.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by CLevar. Clear golden brown pour, a little carbonation and an aroma of sweet piney hops. Flavor is a very sweet syrupy honey/hops and lingering hops. Decent beer.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hopper, thanks a bunch for rushing these to me! Shared with some of the MN RBers at Gregs. A very slightly hazy light copper orange pour, with a fingers worth of head that fades to picture perfect lacing. Aroma is all about hops: pine resin, a bit of citrus, ripe fruit like apricots and mango. A touch of sweet malt. Taste is much the same, but the sweetness really pushes the hops to the back seat here. Tongue coating pine resins, some citrus, toffee, caramel. A fairly sweet and sticky finish, mouthcoating. Not a bad beer at all. Just a touch sweet for my tastes.
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle thanks to my RB buddies Dave and Kevin. Drank at the hotel near IAH airport and great to have a hometown beer for rating #900. Pours bright hazy gold with a nice thick white head. Aroma is very piney and resiny, with some hints of sweetness. Taste is a tad sweet on tongue, but with huge piney notes of hops. Mouth puckering bitterness on the end and no noticeable hints of malts. This is true hop bomb. This is one of the most bitter IIPA/IPAís Iíve ever had, which makes more than difficult to drink more than one at a sitting. Enjoyable and certainly a good addition to the DR series-however I still think #5 is the best of this series.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Ecrassipes.
Pours deep, crystal clear amber with a big thick beige head that recedes slowly and leaves excellent lacing.
The aroma is excellent on this one with tons of juicy citrus, especially grapefruit and pineapple. There is also some resinous pine and caramel malts but the citrus is the star in the nose.
The taste is fantastic as well. Lots of citrus fruits with pineapples and mango coming to mind but the floral pine is stronger in the taste than in the nose. The finish is bitter with a bit of alcohol heat.
The mouthfeel is well-carbonated but maybe a tad thin for a DIPA. Thatís probably the biggest drawback to this beer. I little more body and this could be an outstanding beer.
Still, this is one great beer and the best thing Iíve had from SA since Divine Reserve 6.