fidelis83 (2186) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear old copper pour with a 2 finger creamy, soapy beige head. Aroma of bitter citrus, pine, lots of deep caramel, lemony citrus oils and light woody notes. Flavor is oddly loaded with dark sugary notes up front, brown sugar, caramel, burnt sugar molasses, and some woody, sappy sweetness, some pine, earthy and citrus hops come in, but this is a pretty malt forward IIPA, though the woody notes could be at least partially hop based, it honestly reminds me of a lighter version of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, maybe with some time on it might be like Crooked Tree (they claim it is simply the recipe with doubled everything but water), but I don’t remember that well enough. Medium body, a little syrupy, with a medium strength, sharp and blanketing carbonation, fairly astringent finish. Pretty tasty overall, probably closer to what I expect from a young, lighter Barleywine than IIPA, though.
Travlr (15853) - 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.
demitriustown (1133) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice pungent hop aroma with a nice grapefruit scent within. Appearance is an amber hue with a thick white head that lingers. Taste has got a thick texture to it, hops are at the forefront, but there is some malts in the backend. Sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation and an aftertaste of lingering resiny hops. Overall, Decent IPA. I liked it. Cheers!
Darkmagus82 (2000) - - SEP 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-29-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a rocky and thick just off-white head. The head has some amazing staying power, very slowly fading over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a very nice blend of sweet and hoppy. The base of the sweet is a caramel nature but there are also tropical fruit smells with tangerine, mango, and pineapple. The hop is heaviest in aroma of a grapefruit smell, but other aromas of a pine and earthy nature are mixed in there as well, overall creating a sweet and nicely blended hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins bready with a moderate presence of a caramel sweetness. Upfront there is also a light grapefruit hop as well as a rather decent showing of a pine hop flavor. While the aroma was of tropical fruits there was very little of these in the flavor. As the taste advances the grapefruit hop and caramel dwindles some with the pine growing stronger and being joined by a big earthy hop taste. In the end, with the sweeter flavors lessening up and the earthy getting rather strong, one is left with a bitter and earthy/pine hop blend flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that consisted of tons of tiny and prickly carbonation bubbles. The carbonation is great in light of the earthy and pine hops adding a nice tingling taste to the heavier tastes of the hops.
Overall – A slightly more earthy and piney IPA/double IPA with a good dose of bitternes. A good go to when looking for a IPA that is less citrusy and a bit heavier in other hop flavors.
arnold931 (847) - 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 (3160) - 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.
FestDecBeet (412) - - 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
RSRIZZO (1899) - 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 40°. 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.
swanmann (665) - 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. It’s yummy, my description and rating reflects that I found this single out of date by a couple months.
jkwalking05 (4202) - 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.
slowrunner77 (7081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Really impressed with this one, especially at this low price point. Dark and dank, citrusy and spicy. Very complex aroma and flavor. Malty, but more than adequately hoppy and aromatic, with a pretty nice sticky body. Looking forward to a couple more of these."