cblado (270) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a golden/amber color. Decent lacing. Aroma has a sweet hoppiness to it, some grassy notes. Flavor is sweet, with pineapple hop notes and a slight malt backbone. Overall, a very drinkable imperial IPA.
minihame2 (249) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy brown with a thin white head. Aroma seems typical to regular IPAs: hops, grass and earthy flavours. Not very strong here though. Taste is quite bitter which is expected but lacking in hops. Mouthfeel is soft, carbonation is not too heavy, a bit on the watery side. Decent beer but nothing spectacular. I find it lacking especially for an IIPA.
Cousin_Larry (484) - - JAN 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This "imperial IPA" has a very strong hop aroma and flavor, however it isn’t as bitter as the Gale Force IPA. There is a strong malt backbone to offer a level of balance but with over two and a half pounds of hops per barrel it resonates hops from start to finish. With so much flavor happening you miss the 8.6% alcohol by volume so be careful when serving or drinking. Hops were added at every stage of the process...it was dry-hopped with chinooks for two weeks. 75 IBU’s. Hops: chinook, centennial, columbus, cascade, bullion.
pictoman (725) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the tap. Slightly hazy medium orangey golden yellow with white head. Grapefruit hops, a sweet bready malt with a subtle bubblegum-ness, quite dry resinous finish. Almost a dry sticky palate. Flavours don’t quite meld in my opinion.
Darkmagus82 (1938) - - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The thick head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of tropical fruits of tangerine and mango with some nice grapefruit hop aromas mixed within. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of caramel and brown sugar as well as some hop of a more floral nature.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and malty flavor with a decent level of caramel mixed with some tropical fruits of tangerine and mango as depicted in the nose. The hops upfront are lighter, with the strongest being more of an earthy nature. As the taste advances however, more hop joins the malty base, with the earth gaining just a hint of intensity all while a grapefruit and grassy hop taste grow quite a bit stronger. In the end, with the increase in hop mixing with the nice sweet and malty base, one is left with a thick and smooth, well balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the mix of hops and sweeter malts the flavors are nicely accentuated by the feel and it makes for a nice drinker overall.
Overall – Not overly hoppy but very well balanced and a quite easy drinking IPA for a double. A nice one to try if you get the chance.
Reid (2028) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Lifesource in Salem OR
Pours a burnt orange colour it is ever so slightly hazy and with a lovely big frothy white head.
Good fresh floral and resiny hop aromas balanced by a huge amount of caramel scented malts.
Taste supremely balanced with the hops barely emerging victorious, very PNW style IPA here.
Mouth feel is OK gets a wee bit sticky and maybe a tad too much raw alcohol showing in the end.
Good strong winter drink!
downender (6718) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Total Wines. Deep amber in colour, with a decent, off-white, head. Massive, rasping hops, with lemon fruits and an oily edge, before a dry finish. Ok.
jjgmd (1623) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
With Z, pours a golden rusty orange color with a nice frothy wispy head. Nose is deep citrus , predominance of pineapple with pine and some resin. Taste is bitter citrus with piney and resinous notes. Finish is bitter as well with moderately long citrus ending. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1549) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber orange with an off white head and hoppy, sweet fruity aroma. Taste is bittersweet, hoppy, citrusy, pine notes with caramel notes into the dry finish.
khays (57) - - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells grassy, hoppy and slightly yeasty. Pours light amber and clear, off white head.
Tastes of burnt malt, pine, grapefruit and melons. Heavy body, moderate carbonation, bitter.
A well balanced imperial, not sweet and enjoyable.
biirusaikou (950) - - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at GJBF Yokohama 2014. Sweet and fruity, biscuit malt, sharp hoppy finish. Good drinkablility, hop fruitiness covering the alcohol nicely.