skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from a 12 oz bottle. The aroma has lots of citrus hops, oranges, pineapples, and tropical fruits. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a large off-white head that quickly disapated. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tropical fruits that end up completely dominated by a huge fresh grapefruit and light pine hops in the finish along with big grapefruit aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle! Pours hazy orange-gold with a moderate off-white head. Aroma smacks of hops, predominantly pineapple and grapefruit. Malt might be there, but it’s begging for attention like a middle sister at a family reunion. Taste is all about the juicy, citrus hops, but the caramel backbone provides enough respite and balance. Moderate carb and a slick, oily mouth feel. Beautiful IIPA from one of my favorite brewers.
deyholla (7370) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at HopCat awhile back. Poured a clear amber with a bit of orange and a medium off-white head. Aroma had a nice citrus aroma, mainly citrus and lemon. Flavor built in hoppiness throughout with a nice strong orange finish.
hokiebrew (2) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy pour, minimal head but nice lacing and head ’film’ didn’t dissipate, orange-amber hue.
Big juicy hop aroma with citrus and tropical fruit dominating.
Taste is nice up front with lots of citrus hop flavor - they definitely brewed this with Simcoe. Couldn’t detect the lemon or orange peel through the hops. Aftertaste is a bit too bitter for my liking and a bit grassy on the back of the tongue. I think Simcoe is a hop that should be used in moderation and I think they overdid it a bit on the bittering hops.
Overall, I enjoyed the beer and would get it again but it’s not my favorite DIPA. Reminds me a lot of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA so if you like this a lot, try that one out as well and vice versa.
SrSilliGose (3277) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours a hazy orange copper hue with a small dirty white head. Aroma is a big, orange, lemon, grapefruit rinds, caramel, flowers. wow. very pungent, nice. flavor is a quite bitter with a lot of grapefruit, citrus, caramel, and a hint of booze. like sucking on a grapefruit while smelling fresh oranges, lemons, and flowers. This was quite good. better than expected. Nice job shorts!
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange color from a bottle that took a lot of searching to find. Big dry hops. The typical DIPA grapefruit type fruit. Just is not as drinkable as I would like to the high sweetness and floral aroma.
milewide (1628) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Overpowering hop smell and bitterness! Orange and lemon zest missed me, but I loved the hops so much that I don’t care! Cloudy orange color and medium body.
Rerate: I bought a case of this, and only have one six pack left! It is now my number one double IPA. The aroma and taste is tangy and herbal, without the sweetness of some DIPAs. Alcohol is modest. Bitter aftertaste lingers!
HonkeyBra (3586) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque orange amber. Big hoppy aroma with strong citrus. The Lemon and orange zest comes out strong. Flavor is strong hops and nice citrus. Malt is there enough to compliment the strong hoppy flavors. Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation. Overall, pretty great DIPA from Shorts.
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a murky and dark amber with little head and aromas that are a pleasant mix if citrus and tropical fruit with a little bit of a wet dog hair edge to them. Mostly the dog hair smell is absent, but ever now and again... Flavor is better... lots of resin and pine hops flavors drive the show with enough of a honey and fruit sweetness to keep it from spinning off into hop craziness. At times it has flashes of brilliance, but other sips seem a bit lacking. Not bad at all, just seems like a small tweak would push this to excellence.
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pulpy, fiery orange-red body, thick tight buff head. Potent hoppy nose with notes of citrus rind and pine. The body begins with a quick touch of lemon before the hops explosion, which coats the palate with classic big, bitter citrus rind and pine panache. Lemon again becomes apparent in the long, bitter finish. This is a hefty IPA, but lacks the power of the "big" double IPAs on the market. Still, this is a bold and successful beer.