ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Too malty and sweet to be an IPA. Think more of American Strong. It tastes like an odd mix of ingredients with a lot of booze in the finish.
ads135 (3155) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not the best double IPA. It hides its gravity well, but the viscousness of the beer is off putting, as is the flavor which has far too much malty, candy, sweetness.
strongpieman (1550) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Very strong IPA -- large alcohol taste with sourness in the malt. Lots of off notes in this one. Light brown, tall tan head. Not recommended -- many other preferable options.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks for the bottle, Steve! Murky reddish pour, fairly defeated-looking carbonation and a grainy sediment that screams homebrew. Sharp and soupy in the nose, a tough one-two punch to pull off. Tastes like a weak homebrew clone of aged Double Bastard. Not a fan.
Bravepig (11) - - JAN 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not very hoppy for an imperial. Has a strong finish but the taste is odd, strong but not like a good Imperial.
Sammy (9040) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A strongly red ale malty characteristic to a secondary hoppy ale. Drinkable, but not what you would expect from a DIPA. Drinkable on some nights, not for me tonight. Middling mouthfeel, off-white coloured body.
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Ryan. Thanks. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that has good retention. The aroma is well roasted grains and pine resin. The flavor is that of a good barleywine, I get complex fruits, pecans, sherry, roasted grains and towards the back some piney hops. The palate is smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering brown sugar and sherry. Overall: This is no DIPA its a barleywine, and a decent one too.
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark reddish amber color out of the bottle. Odd aroma that reminded me at first of ripe cheese, but then it gets some caramel and pineapple notes. This is not like any IIPA I’ve ever had. Big, syrupy malt sweetness, pralines, brown sugar, and hot alcohol. There are lots of hops in here, leading to a resiny mess with some candied grapefruit and pineapple flavors. This seems more like an olde ale or maybe a barley wine. It is a bit of a mess though.
blackflag321 (525) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour to pint glass. It is dark, unlike an DIPA. And the tast is nothing like a DIPA either. Like some other reviewers, I think this is a strong ale. Caramel, malty, slightly sweet with a boozy finish. Not bad, not great.
crossovert (8178) - Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not an ipa, It is a harsh, carmally, boozy strong ale. Like a poor mans arrognat bastard. What were they thinking?