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 (1579) - 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.
portableparty (2056) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by CLevar. Pour is honey amber color with a off white head that dissipates to a film. Aroma is dirty pine and funk. Taste is grapefruit and caramel with dirty funk. Palate is medium and sticky with a gritty dry finish.
travita (4415) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, deep golden in color, nice white head. You can smell the peaches, hops, and fruits, nice smelling ipa. The taste is hops, definite fruits, hops, some alcohol, and good.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) deep amber with white head. Citrus hops aroma with some malt. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus hops. Well balanced DIPA.
crajun (1073) - , Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
on tap at holy grail; proof #34 why I just donít like IPA/DIPA nice piney aroma and taste but the bitter hoppy kills it for me; drinkable after awhile but not enjoyable for me.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 bottle. Pours a clear amber with a nice, off-white head. Wow, the nose is very nice with pine and grapefruit citrus apparent. This is very tasty grapefruit with malt sweetness balancing. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and a tad sticky with a nice bitter finish. This is the best brew ever made by Saint Arnold, outside of DR5. Hope they make this a regular, or at least a seasonal, because I love it and would buy it in bulk. Congrats, Saint Arnold on a damn good brew.
jmad (72) - - APR 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I lucked out and got the last bottle from Central Market. The first guy said they were out but the second guy I talked to said that he put one to the side (lucky me). So I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass...
The color of the beer was copper with a two finger off-white head that sunk in, leaving a filmy layer and lacing on the glass. The smell is all hops, the aromas consist of peach, lime, pine and just a hint of vanilla. I first tasted bitter pine, then sweet malt and lots of fruity hops. I noticed flavors of peach and cream with a bitter grapefruit finish. The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. I thought the Divine Reserve was one of the best Texas beers that Iíve had. Canít wait until next year.
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy Blutt59. Clear light orange color with a bubbly white head. Aroma is fresh hops, pine and grapefruit. Sweet and perfumy. Flavor is dry hops and fairly bitter. Sweet fruit, piney with some fading citrus notes. Good. Yeah, very good. †Iíll try it on tap on Friday and rerate. 3.6
RE-RATE 4/1/11 Special cask at Flying Saucer FW.†Even for it being filtered, it still maintains a fair bit of haziness. It pours a bright reddish/orange color with a foamy beige head. Looks quite elegant.
The aroma is RIDICULOUSLY hoppy. I mean, one sniff and I feel like Iím walking through a Christmas tree lot while bathing in sap and sweet grapefruit juice. Holy crap! Loads of sweet aromas pack this beer. Very fresh smelling indeed.
Smooth mouthfeel with a load of hops in the flavor as well. Lots of pine needles, tree sap, candied sugar, bitter touches that fades into a very wet, hoppy, bitter finish. Wow one for the hopheads for sure. The cask gives it a smoother mouthfeel than in the bottle, and also allows for a more even balance of flavors.
This is fantastic and certainly well worth the trouble to come about it. The cask version is definitely better than bottle.