jmm635 (920) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light amber in color with an off-white head. Aroma of dank hops. Big bitter flavor with little sweetness. Finish is long and dry.
obguthr (4427) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tea, overripe orange, nose, caramel underneath. Cloudy amber, thick yellow head, nice lacing. Resinous, medium to full body, easy carbonation, alcohol well hidden. Pine and overripe orange. Fairly good balance. Pretty darn good.
shoulderbroken (2639) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Hangover. Lots of hops, decent maltiness, less chewy than usual dipa. Little hit of sweetness. Full bodied. Nice.
tomciccateri (1028) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a dense dark gold with foamy white head. Big hoppy aroma. Big body with big bitterness. Minimal maltiness. Lasting hop flavor and bitterness. Okay IPA.
zizzybalubba (1590) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, tropical fruits, and light pine. Taste of bitter pine and spruce with grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Lingering bitterness, alcohol well hidden. A good DIPA.
GSH1976 (220) - Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, light amber with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma is malty and definitely not your typical DIPA. The aroma is dominated by caramel malt. Taste follows the nose but there is a decent amount of hop bitterness. Medium bodied. For a beer called hoptopia I expected a strong hop presence. This beer was disappointing but I suspect it wasn’t fresh and will try again in the future when I can confirm I have a fresh beer.
fiulijn (16175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Hazy golden to light amber color; medium sized compact head. The aroma of malt/caramel is dulled by a paper feeling. The body is leaner than expected; malt/caramel flavor with a feeling of paper and vegetables; relatively strong bitterness, with some resins and not much more hop qualities; light sweetness in the end.
Not bad, but it seems unfresh.
bkurtz (955) - PERU - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an almost clear amber with a fluffy head. Citrus aromas. Complex and full bodied. A well made brew.
AdamT (237) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine in Cary, N.C. Light amber hue, murky clarity with fizzy mostly diminishing white head. Fair lacing. Light citrus (grapefruit) hop on the nose early on, but as it warms I got a strong malt aroma. Heavy bitter hop on the initial taste with an average light hop finish. More malt near the end of the experience. Fizzy carbonation on the palate. I would drink it again.
glennmastrange (2400) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, light to moderate cooked orange and dough for the hops and yeast, with date and sugar in the background. Head is small, frothy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky medium tan/orange. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the extra long finish is lightly sweet and acidic and heavily to harshly bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft carbonation and a heavily astringent and lightly alcoholic finish. Up front it’s a bit maltier than most DIPAs, and the flavor and palate start off okay, but it’s not at all balanced and the finish for both is a little rough.