SDalkoholic (2146) - 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 (6888) - 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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ultra-fresh bomber. Pours mostly clear with a very slight haze, dark orange-amber in color. A dense, lasting head of spongy, beige tinted foam is quite attractive. Thick clumps of cloud-like lacing cling hard to the glass. Surprisingly, the first note to hit the nose is of big, sweet, honey-kissed grain. Hoppy citrus notes come through in the form of phenolic orange liquor, hot and alcoholic, lagging behind the big, syrupy malts. Flavors are equally disappointing, saccharine and boozy. Stale, wet cereal grains dominate floral and citrus hop bitterness. The palate is big, syrupy, and sticky, not to mention downright hot and astringent. Another major disappointment from Shipyard. Bad brew.
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is quite nice with lots of citrus and pine hops. There is also plenty of caramel malt to balance. The appearance is amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall this is a good beer.
Palidor19 (2946) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, the aroma is actually kinda of bland, but the taste brings a strong citrus flavor and sharp malts all around. ever faithful to the style, and definitely one worth trying.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz in duvel tulip.Pours dark amber with medium off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, Carmel malt. Taste is citrus some grapefruit alcohol is present,but not overwelming.
Medium mouthful with bitter hops lingering around. Its nothing like west coast IPA’s/DIPA’s
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 650 ml bottle from Bev4less in Santee CA. How the hell did a small store in Santee CA get this beer first? Anyway, a copper pour with a fair size white head that has good retention. The aroma is moderately strong with some citrus, green blooms and a bit of spicy pine. The flavor is biter hops forward with good citrus, pine and chlorophyll--just like the aroma. The finish is long and dry with lingering biter hops. The flavor is harshly biter at times, and the alcohol shows through occasionally. The palate is full and malty. Overall: All the elements for a great IPA are here but somehow this just does not come together quite the way it should. Still, its a pretty decent DIPA.