Nephilium (1218) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant flowery hop aroma, with a touch of citrus. Pours a hazy orange-amber, with a thin, quickly fading white head. Nice chewy malt presence, leading to a full mouthfeel. This is not a beer that will slam you with the hops, this is one of those rarest of things, a balanced IIPA. The finish is long and bitter, with grapefruit notes coming in. This is a delicious, well balanced IIPA.
Sammy (7717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
fresh bottle from Champagne Cellars. Opaque grapefruit coloured body with a small retained white head, leaving lots of lace behind. High IBU aromas, akin to hop pellets. A cup of grapefruit juice, funny how the zest brings it to the forefront. Hits the style, Tingling palate. Very drinkable.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at union. clear amber color. thin white head. aroma of citrus fruit. taste of grapefruit and fresh flowers. could be a little more sweet
superspak (1906) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottles 12/06/2011, so pretty darn fresh. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some fairly nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange zest, grapefruit, pine, caramel, lemon, floral, and spiciness. Great aromas with good balance; definitely a citrus bomb. Taste of big pine resin, caramel, orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, bread, and big spiciness. Gigantic amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers forever. Notes of caramel, grapefruit, pine, spices, and orange linger on the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticeable after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and interesting double IPA. A bit too over the top on hop bitterness, but this is a nice one to sip on, and is loaded with citrus and pine flavor.
Onslow (1018) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Amber brew with one finger of pale head, good head retention and lacing. Nice aroma of grapefruit, citrus, pine, orange. Taste is a fine complex medley of malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and bitter, with lingering clean bitter and citrus flavor. I donít detect lemon per se, but it no doubt contributes to the overal citrus profile. I find Shorts brews to have a really nice palate - not thick but attaining a creaminess through soft carbonation. Very fin DIPA.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Meadows. Pours clear dark golden orange with small white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, orange, and fresh hops. Flavors of bitter hops, sweet malts, little bit of the orange and lemon zest sneaks through, but the bitterness of hops dominate this one. There is enough malt to keep this one balance. More hop bitterness than hop flavor but it works. Solid.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle poured a nice medium honey color with a off white head. Aroma big hops lemon and orange, pine I need to say this again HOPS. flavor same as aroma with a small amount of sweetness and alcohol. enjoyed this beer
mattyb83 (734) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by mtjoseph. Clear and copper in color. By the time I got out of the shower there was only a ring of foam around the neck of the beer left. Loads of citrus in the aroma. Plenty of orange, caramel, but really no noticeable lemon. Lemon shows up a little bit in the taste. It is more prevalent than the orange in the taste. Pretty good.
callmemickey (1863) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Amber bronze body with quite a bite of cloudyness. Massive, frothy egg-shell colored head. Solid retention with thick, creamy lacing.
S: Bright lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus notes coming flying out of the gate. Some floral and pine as well. A slight undercurrent of sweet caramel malt.
T: Dies down a bit compared to the nose. The citrus notes are not as bright and clean, but are still pleasant on the tongue. Nice and bitter. The malt also amps up a little more than the nose would suggest. Fairly balanced for a double IPA with such a massive nose. My guess is the lemon and orange zest used in the brew contributed much more in the nose than in the flavor profile.
M: Medium bodied with lively, but appropriate carbonation. Toward the back end the feel kind of dies down and is a bit light before a strong bitterness strikes and lingers past each sip.
O: All said, a very solid dIPA. Not quite the top tier, but a very respectable effort that I would certainly revisit and would love to check out on tap.
Newk (299) - - SEP 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a nice dark gold color, but with little head to it. Good aromas of citrusí, hops, caramel, and oranges. Medium/full bodied with some roast coffee on the finish too, which is a little odd. Good, but a pretty straightforward Double IPA that isnít all that amped up but pleasing