WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
By todayís standards, low alcohol for a double IPA, which is a good thing. Dark amber, clear, almost viscous, almost trapping the small bubbles, and leading to a very structured head. Great lacing. Nose of caramel, sweet toasted malts, and floral hops. Mouth is big and full, consistent with appearance. Taste is sweet malts and caramel, significant bitterness, but very little grapefruit, citrus, or pine. Very nice, just tamer than the west coast brewers make now.
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2011 Not very hoppy; a sweet caramel is dominant, but I guess itís not fresh. Not bad though. Not an IPA at this point. Boston Lager is better. Donít mess with me unless you want to end up 6 feet under.
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber, slight but lasting head. Aroma of gummy malts, pine, and a hint of anise. Flavor is more gummy, caramel accented malts, a bunch of pine, and a hint of anise on the finish, along with strong bitterness. Not a bad IIPA, but it lacked a bit of the "pretty" hops that I would have preferred, with more bitterness than any other character coming through. Not a bad beer, but not the best example of the style either.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. clear amber under a large, creamy cream colored head. medium hoppy nose with a mix of floral and citrus. very bitter with a stingy finish and flaring abv. medium body. the worst of the series.
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taste is citrus, flowers, pine and yeast. Just enough alcohol to give it some bite. Solid DIPA.
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle-pours a cascading tight rich retaining light tan head with heavy lacing and copper color. Aroma is lemon zest/mango, secondary sweet medium malt. Taste is copper/resin harsh biting hops, peat/roasty-medium malt 9/5/6/3/12=3.5 At cellar temp, herbal/resin biting hops, peat/roasty-medium malt, alcohol. 9/5/7/4/14=3.9
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy deeper amber with a medium creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of citrusy, earthy and piney hops, some caramel and toasted malt. Flavor of the same piney, earthy and citrusy hops. Pretty dry but some toasted and caramel malt character to provide some balance. Well done.
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is hoppy with a grassy and citrusy. The malt is strong enough to balance but this is mostly about the hops. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall a decent beer but not great.
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a great overall presence, the malt and hops are almost balance. Strong Stringent aftertaste at the end. Strong flavor makes this quite a drink to enjoy.
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color of the beer was deep orange, and the body was clear. There was a lot of foam giving a three to four finger thick head that lived for a long time. The aroma very hoptastic, with a pine resin and floral assault on the nose. The taste was actually quite well balanced between grapefruit rind bitterness, and rock candy sweetness. Mouthfeel was creamy, and the finish was chalky and dry. The aftertaste was quite prolonged and alternated between bitter and sweet. A simple well built Double IPA, just as expected from the fine folks at Sam Adams.