jmohno (1014) - Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice copper light amber color/clear.Lots of creamy head,tons of lacing.Initially first short pour seemed hoppy but then a metallicy/mineral kicked in giving less hops but could change getting more into the bottle.
Smooth,slick mouthfell mild carmel, big hoppy/piney floral flavor pretty balanced but finishes salty. Great hop flavor and bittering but the water profile seems off or something.lingering piney grassy hops in flavor. Aroma is not real big but gets more noticable down the bottle.It seems to get a bit bready/yeasty and more hop character further down the bottle also.Pine floral and mild malt start showing and the mineral is almost unnoticed.
It still leaves residual saltyness.I got this with the imperial red also. Otherwise this is a nice double 1pa ,excellent hop flavor/bittering.Its like this is a really good beer but almost great.
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at The Kernel Brewery Christmas Tasting 2011. Pours clear, golden-brown with a medium, off-white heig, sweet creamy toffee nose, some wort and pine. Very sweet flavor with a big malt character, sweet and lightly toasted sugar, toffee, mild pine, caramel, medium bitterness, some ripe citrus. Full of body with fine to average carbonation. Quite smooth. Faintly warming finish, toasty sugars, toffee, light alcohol, light resins, decent lingering resinous bitterness, pine. Slightly oily. A very smooth drinking DIPA overall. Good.
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (batch 1). Pours with a clear bronze body with a lasting, bone hued head. Aromas are citrusy, earthy, spicy and tropical fruit from the hops. Malt characters are bready with a significant caramel note. Flavors are malty, bready, caramel, biscuity and sweet. Hop flavors are tropical fruit and overall only lightly bitter. Too sweet for my tastes. Medium carbonation. Not particularly dry. Noticeable alcohol.
Foxbush (1215) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 Another ale from The Caboose in Ashland in a 22oz bottle. I purchased the ale for my sons who were home for Christmas 2011 to taste. This ale poured a deep amber and with a huge frothy white head. The aroma of citrus is your first contact with the ale. You experience the piney flavors from the hops and mild bitterness. This is big IPA. I am pleased that a large brewery is experimenting. I will look for more products. The medium body ale has lively carbonation and smooth finish. Some very pleasant bitterness at the finish.
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle Pours a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Moderate pine hop nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some caramel with pine hops, lingering bitter finish
cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle, pours a clear dark amber with a thick white head, the aroma has a good amount of pine and hops on the nose, the flavor is very bitter on the front end with a malty and sweet finish, the hops aren’t as pronounced as I like in other DIPA’s.
86Moose (43) - - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper coloring. Earthy, citrus armoa. Sweet taste. Smooth finish. Very good beer. Not as stong as some Double IPAs, but very tasty.
ADesenberg (500) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light coppery amber color with a fluffy off white head. It has aromas of lots of fresh pine and citrus. The flavors are a nice, suprising balance of bitterness with a full malty sweetness hidden behind it.
crazyvin (1858) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer! A nice amber body with a bone color head that had some mild retention and no lace, which was my only disappointment. Aroma was great, while it had god caramel malts the hops really stuck of the most. Great resinous pine hops, nice citrus and subtle floral note. Flavor was similar with the caramel malts taking a back seat to hops. Breath feels fresher now. Smooth and slightly dry finish.
fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, dark amber with a 3 finger, fluffy beige head that has great retention and leaves some pretty nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, toast, sweet grain, granola, spicy, pine, herbal, floral and citrus hops. Maybe just a hint of stone fruit and mango in there as well. Flavor is sweet malt, toast, floral, some herbal, pine, sweet orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit hops coming in pretty quickly, some mineral notes, caramel, burnt sugar and some general plantiness. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry, has a pleasant, blanketing, medium carbonation and is creamy all the way through to the slightly slick finish. Pretty nice IIPA, the hops definitely lean toward the herbal/pine side than most.