IrishBoy (3853) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from GM Liquors. Nose is very floral hops with a touch of ivy, caramel, and a slight vanilla note. Clear copper with a medium off white, glass lacing head. Flavor is lightly bitter with a touch of toffee, the bitterness becoming more pronounced in the finish.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo in Encino. Pours with a fluffy, khaki head over a clearish, deep orange body that leaves good lace. Aroma of oranges, yellow grapefruit, caramel, earth, sticky toffee and CO2. Taste is disappointing. Soggy malts upfront with wheat and a light fruity hop bitterness. I know this is a fresh bottle, as this is only rating number #14 for this beer, but the hops seem almost faded and dominated by a sub par malt bill. If I didn’t know better I would think this beer was aged, but instead it seems like a crappy recipe for an DIPA. Medium carbonation. Bland and sub par for a IIPA.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Pretty much what I have come to expect from Shipyard. Nice medium copper color with a fluffy 2 finger thick off white head. Weak nose of resin and semi sweet malts, a bit toasty as well. Has kind of a weird metallic bitter finish.
bhensonb (11248) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from BevMo. Pours a deep copper with a decent beige head. Floral and citrus aromas. Not much malt. Near full bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor is pretty balanced between caramel and hop. Not. I think the hop is winning nicely. Finish is pretty bitter. Nice burn from the oils. Good stuff.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle..super clear deep copper pour.decent off white head ,sparse sticky lacing.sweet fruit aroma with a touch of citrus hops.initial sweet caramel malt flavor gives way to a decent level of bitterness.medium in body and carbonation.alcohol is present but far from overpowering.very nice but I would prefer a bigger hop nose in a DIPA
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got something reserved and attractive here. It’s maybe less alcoholic than the 9.25% the label claims or hides it well. Floral, rosy and citric hops sits atop slightly sweet dense caramel malt flavors. Points for holding back on the sweet, having enough but not too much (especially syrupy) body and avoiding the hop bomb. The question becomes: where is the double IPA besides the alcohol? This is the hot librarian of DIPAs.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impressive head that starts five fingers thick. Recedes in a rocky fashion slowly leaving ample chunky lace markings on the glass. Attractive copper colored liquid with the slightly amount of haze.
Mild hop nose given that it is DIPA. Kudos for the balance. Attractive pine hop plug aroma with some crystal malt sweetness in the background.
Brief round, sweet malt flavor that is immediately driven away by the hop bomb...as to be expected. Above average body with decent carbonation. The malt shows up again in the swallow, followed by another blast of hop bitterness. True to style, form and taste; on the edge of extreme.
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Citric, piny hop aroma with sweet malt and candied caramel. The flavor starts with some sweeter citric hops and some sweet malts and ends with bitter floral hops. Pretty good.
SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: Created a thick frothy heading while the liquid was a reddish orange hue. The aroma is sweet apricot fruit and orange citrus hop combination while allowing room for malts to be put into effect as well. Flavors are tart and bitter with only the sweetest amount of malts coming through the thick chewy apricot hop foundation. Not the most pleasant drink but at least it packs an ABV kick that relaxes me to further drink the rest of the bottle.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brilliantly clear copper with nice off white head. The modest aroma has notes of citrus and hoppy spice to go along with malts, caramel and a tad bit of butterscotch. The mouth feel is chewy allowing time for deep flavor contemplation. I get a load of late addition hop flavor from grapefruit, orange peel and tangelo. By midway the citrus hops grow from hop flavor to a moderate level of hop bitterness with grapefruit as well as pine mixing with sweet malts, mildly roasty malts and a touch of caramel or toffee or butterscotch or something. It ends with lingering hop bitterness and mild to faint dry roasted malts. Very tasty and very easy drinking brew.