TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Me too! Tasted from the same bottle as yalnikim. Was a disappointed amongst all the other fine beers that were surrounded by.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tasted 28/08/2009. Oh dear... bombs away! Diacetyl killed the hopstar. Great bottle, looks lovely in the glass (hazy but creamy), but it all falls away very badly into a screaming train wreck. Diacetyl and cloying caramel malt leave the hops no chance to express themselves. It’s bad enough for me to not bother investigating further. Sadly I was very excited about this bottle.
BeerFanDan17 (1026) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tasty but sligtly bitter. Good balance and hoppy geel. Very frothy head and golden richness.
omhper (20552) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Clear amber, rich creamy head. Grapefruity nose. Very sweet with clean hard mouthfeel. The hops collide badly with the immense swetness, making it harsh and inky. Some butterscotch tries to round the wost edges of this simplistic and unrefined beer, but it’s all in vane. Finishes with pine needles and inky bitterness. With more ink than hop aroma and really poor malt structure it’s the least enjoyable IIPA I can remember.
jsquire (3663) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange color with a short lived off white head. Big candied grapefruit rind and pinnapple nose. Flavors of red grapefruit, orange rind, and lots of alcohol in the finish. Pretty thin body. This is really more like a thin hop tea.
JoeinDahlem (1359) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared at LCRBM09. Bright and clear pinkish-red color. Pretty, but possibly filtered? Smells, fruity, floral and boozy. tastes sweet, quite bitter. Thin and alcoholic. Hot and bitter beer that needs body and backbone. Maybe that part was filtered out.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours an orange amber gold with white head. Aroma not as strong as expected, but citrus hops and caramel noticeable. A taste reveals sweet caramel malts with a hoppy, bitter finish. This is a more balanced IPA, very good, but if you’re a hophead not what you’re looking for.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Orange pour with a soapy head and some nice lacing. Aroma is soap, pine, and quite bitter. Flavor was pine, astringent, with some butter.
thedm (5004) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent dark orange colored body. The strong aroma was hoppy and floral. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mediumly tingly finish. The nice flavor contained notes of strong hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is sappy hops with just a hint of buttery diacetyl. Flavor is pretty hoppy, with a nice balancing maltiness, but the buttery-ness really just kinda throws it off for me.