ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful chestnut red color. I love the clarity of the body, in particular. The head is great too, a two finger cream shade that retains itself very well, and leaves attractive lacing on the glass. Really a good looking brew.
S: I notice subtle touches of floral hops, piny notes, and *faint* grapefruit (and I do mean faint), backed - or should I say, overpowered by a sweet caramel malt base. While aromatically decent, I could really use more hops here.
T: Iíd reckon this is closer to an imperial amber than a DIPA. The flavor starts out with some mild caramel and toffee, before finishing with touches of earthy, piney, and floral qualities. I really like the balance here, I must say.
M: The body has good crispness and a well-balanced dry finish, which helps keep any excessive sweetness in check. Itís also decently well-built in terms of thickness, neither too heavy nor light.
O: I can really tell the brewer of this was inspired more by Nugget Nectar than Ruination; thereís a degree of elegance here missing in so many examples of the style. Having said that, it isnít as explosively bold as some of the best DIPAs are, nor does it compare with NN in overall quality. This oneís so close to being great, yet itís missing a bit of additional hoppiness to make that possible. Iím still mildly impressed either way.
Travlr (11389) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thanks! Clear pinkish amber color, few large bubbles. Aroma of fresh pine and grass. Taste is bitter grass.
FestDecBeet (141) - - JUL 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Look: pours an amber color. White head.
Smell: hops. Sweet. Fruit. Orange. Pineapple.
Taste: very malty. Sweet. Caramel.
Feel: very dry. Medium carbonation.
Overall: ok. Doesn't taste like it smell.
First drank: home 7/19/14
arnold931 (528) - Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pretty clear amber color. Nose is citrus and pine. Taste is pretty bitter but settles out nicely. Good beer.
jandd1983 (2543) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a clear dark amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was moderately sweet, mango, orange and some grapefruit. The taste was moderately sweet, pine, grapefruit and some bread. It had a medium body, with light resin.
jkwalking05 (3721) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Backlog) 12 oz Bottle. The look is clear, reddish amber colored, decent beige colored head. The smell is brown sugar, caramel, pine, grassy, hops, grapefruit, big and sticky. The taste is sweet, hops, bitterness, caramel, floral, grass, and dank.
swanmann (599) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle best by Sep 2013 - Dark rich amber orange, clear, with nice tan-ish head, settling slowly with nice lace. Immediate pine, grapefruit aroma faded quickly, some caramel and leathery funk. Some big bitterness up front in the flavor, definite caramel and semi-dry with slight metallic twang in the finish. Itís yummy, my description and rating reflects that I found this single out of date by a couple months.
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Shaker at 40į. Color is a bright golden brown with mellow carbonation and a nice rocky off white head. Aroma is sweet malt then spice floral hops on the back. It has a medium body with a creamy and slightly rich mouth feel. Flavor comes in malty giving nice toffee notes then the hops show with just a touch of pine and a spicy, peppery citrus. In the after taste the pepper hangs on with a mild bitterness. Overall its a very good IPA, but I feel it should be a little bigger as an Imperial.
Arayaga2 (1778) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a sparse white head. Aroma and taste are lemon and rich malt with an herbal hop finish $2/12oz
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper with a large pillowy slowly evaporating taupe vertex. Aroma is tropical and vinous with floral hops, grapefruit and caramel. Taste of deep toffee, roasted malt, caramel, tropical fruit, grapefruit and a moderate bitter finish. Nice red IPA.
kevinator (892) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good solid example of the style. Nice piney aroma with a hint of citrus. Nice bronze color with a solid white head. Crisp and full palate with complimenting carbonation. Great mix of hops flavors with a burst of bitterness at the beginning that eventually mellows out near the end of the bottle. Malt background is solid but doesnít have the sweetness as advertised. Enjoyed it.