ContemplateBeer (1353) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of some ripe citrus, candied malts and spruce. Appearance is translucent golden brown with tan creamy head. Flavor matches the nose, with an emphasis on the candied elements of this beer up front. The finish is spruce and floral-like, with some alcohol present. Palate is nice and bubbly. A decent DIPA.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber orange. Off white head. Light lacing.
Aroma light hops some citrus.
Malt with some hops rather balanced.
Many have called this the Pliny homebrew...
mmm Iím not sure about that. Maybe my hopes were too high....
Iíve had this several times and itís OK, and probably much better than that.
but definitely maltier than Pliny.
5000 (5657) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Pale orange, a little dirty and muddy, moderate white frothy head, itty bits of lacing.   Strong citrus nose, hoppy, hints of alcohol.   Lots of heat on first sip, hoppy, biting citrus peel, with a thick
mouthfeel.   Decent malt base, but this one certainly needs some time.   A little astringent on the finish.   Certainly biting, and alcohol rich.   Wow, yeah, 9% on this bad boy.   Decent beer, but I bet this one
would stand to be better with some age on it.
twindadplus2 (570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red amber color with a good sized, pillowy head. Fruity, spicy slightly musky aroma. Flavor is a load of citrus and spicy hops with the malt peeking through in the background. The malt comes through a bit more as it warms but itís the hops that really make their presence known through to the finish.
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really well balanced IPA. It is almost as if west coast meets east coast. Good almost spicy hop presence that doesnít overwhelm the malt flavor.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber with an off white head. Aroma is bit citrusy spicy, body odor like centennial hop aroma. Flavor is also huge citrusy spicy hops, with lots of centennial coming through. Not bad.
wickster (83) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall a pretty enjoyable beer!
Didnít get a lot of aroma...but I have a cold...so I bet it was there and I just canít say.
Looks good, Nice amber color, not hazy. Tastes great, Iím a fan of hops, and this does not disapoint.
undsioux7 (789) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep deep orange/amber with a nice citrus hop and malt aroma. Very bitter upfront and lasts. Thick malty backbone with a cloying malt or hop juice. Lots of simcoe or similar hops?
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
( 12oz bottle) Pours dark amber color, darker than expected. The head simply will NOT go away the entire time. Itís left a thick blanket of head atop the beer for a good 30 minutes until I finished it. Nose is nothing too special. The bittering hops are pleasant, and you can tell it has no real identifiable hop as they used 6 different varieties when brewing this so Iím not sure I liked it a lot, but decent and clean. Some malt is here too but not enough. Taste is really lacking. Very bitter both up front, and on the finish. The bitter on the finish lasted 30+ minutes after I hadnít drank anything else. No malt to support the bitterness, and doesnít seem well balanced. If you are a hardcore IPA drinker then maybe youíll enjoy this but coming from a guy who only seems to enjoy the very best IPAs/DIPAs this isnít great. This is by no means a Pliny clone as Iíve read elsewhere as it doesnít smell, feel, or taste anything like PtE. A little under-carbonated and thick. I couldnít drink more than one. Way too bitter that stayed with me a long time.
jredmond (4620) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split with Dallas. This was the final sample of the evening so I donít expect it to be very accurate. Pours a darker body then one would predict.. dark brown with a reddish hue, and minimum head. The taste is nothing horrible. However, this beer really cannot stack up to the other BIG DOUBLE IPAs out there. Flavor suggests notes of bitter hop, pine hop, and some alcohol bite. Iíll try this a third time to see if it falls or rises from its current total score (3).