badhack (334) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a thick, stiff head. Scent is hops and citrus. Taste has a light backbone, not a lot of dark malts but it is very heavy on the hops. Plenty of bitter hops, citrus and a bit of pine and peppermint. Still easy to drink.
GenDV138 (1611) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey during the Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru Launch Party. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of toasty notes, light citrus, light floral notes. Tastes of citrus, toasty notes, floral notes, malt. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
Bebum (317) - - OCT 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper, clear, tight-knit lace.
Medium-full body, intense and complex flavor, smooth mouthfeel, long on palate.
Moderately bitter, phenolic character.
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slowrunner77 (6016) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Not a standout as far as dbl ipas go (one of my higher rated styles) but definitely a nice hoppy, tasty brew. Pine and pineapple on the nose and palate, with a healthy dose of malt, a little spice. Very balanced. The hop profile wasn’t quite what I thought it would be, but it pretty nice nonetheless. Avg for the style, but that says a lot imo. I’ve been spoiled with big IPAs."
NikkTwist (1707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moriartys. Clear orange brown pour with a good foamy off-white head that reduces to a lasting foam ring and splaces of lace. Strong blend of malts and hops with some unusual flavors. Earthy spices. Woody hops. Lychee nuts. Silly putty. Elephant ear mushrooms. Linoleum. Daisies. Orange Gatorade steaped with wood chips. A little off-putting but not the same old same old.
b3shine (5707) - Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Looks solid; a transparent pale copperish orange with foamy off-white head. Smells of bitter hops and semi-sweet malt. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Could be lighter and dryer with a more fruity hop profile, but decent nonetheless.
ZacM612 (179) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale amber color with thick white lacing head. Aroma of caramel malt and hops. Earthy is a good description for the overall flavor. Strong, but pleasant alcoholic finish. Pretty good.
ineedbeer (837) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Enjoy by July 2014 on the box so this is a bit passed its peak.
Aroma is moderately hippy with quite a bit of grapefruit but a stronger dank, pine resin character with a lot of forest floor notes. Medium light toasted bread and light caramel character with some biscuit notes. Light alcohol spice.
Pours a fairly clear, chipper amber color with a big, thick, tan head. Not exactly the color I would expect from a DIPA. Moderate lacing with small legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with some lightly toasted bread and light caramel notes. Moderate biscuit and toasted crackers. Medium strong and slightly harsh bitterness with medium light grapefruit pith notes. Moderately strong point resin and dank, earthy hop notes. Light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation; carbonation had a soft, creamy feel to it. Low, but present hop astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer but the hop character isn’t all that great and the malt character is too dark and strong. I think the malt and the hops clash a bit too. Very much an East Coast IPA.
CpyNPrnT (401) - Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tasting-average beer, nothing special, hoppy, mild grapefriut, medium to long hoppy finish,
Seannpc (29) - - JUN 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty taste with a smooth finish. Darker color but not as cloudy. Very nice beer overall
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Darkmagus82 (1780) - - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-15-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Poured a beautiful amber color with a thick off-white yellow tinted head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a great deal of lacing.
Smell – A nice sweet caramel and biscuit aroma are mixed with a stronger pine smell. A grapefruit and lemongrass aroma are also present mixing with the others nicely.
Taste – The taste starts out biscuit and bready, with a lighter caramel flavor. These are mixed with a pine and citrus flavor. The pine grows stronger toward the middle of the taste where a lighter alcohol flavor comes onto the scene. Given more time the alcohol flavor gets stronger and when it mixes with more bitter citrus and some earthy hop flavors a bitter and boozy flavor is left on the tongue taking away from the overall taste.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is nice and creamy with a carbonation level that is medium. Both are wonderful for an Imperial IPA and really allow one to experience both the malt as well as the hop.
Overall – This would have been a wonderful brew as it had a fantastic look, smell, and mouthfeel, unfortunately its taste was quite off; There was far too much booziness and it was a bit on the bitter side.