Strykzone (6174) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Clear golden with some copper. A small off white head. Very little aroma. Flavor is quite nice and they roll over the tongue in waves. There is pine, then floral, then grapefruit, then malt, then pine again. Flavors come one at a time. Delightful!
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick fluffy layer of head where as the liquid was a dense golden honey color with slow rising bubbles. In the nose, there is a strong aroma of green wet hops that smell as if they were freshly picked but there is also a scent of nuts such as pistachio or maybe even cashew. The initial flavor is an overly intensive bite of bitter almost tart tasting green hops that boast of sticky oily resin fresh from the vine. The hops are highly potent and have a similar resemblance to orange, tangerine or grapefruit. Also, there is a base of sweet syrupy malts that when paired with the flavorful citrus hops, it becomes a complicated beer that requires attention.
mjs (6022) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.71 l, at Kaisla, Helsinki - shared with tiong and nokku, thanks, 20110512) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. The resinous hops dominated the aroma. Some notes of sweetness and malts could be found in the background. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, pine resin, sweetness, malts, lightly almond and strong bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, hoppy and bitter. This beer was quite extreme when considering hoppiness but still it showed nice balance, too.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: My oh my, this beer is quite the treat. Nice orange color with a big white sticky head. The nose is gigantic, tons of citrus and pine; grapefruit and spruce, mint and pepper. A hop monster with a floral fresh underpinning. Intense lemony flavor and a malty caramel mouthfeel, hoppy finish and a big long lasting tail. Even at this ABV, you can’t really tell how high it is because the hop obliterate anything, but with grace.
RexTalionis (3376) - FINLAND - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle 70 cl at Kaisla, Helsinki. Poured clear amber in colour with thin tan head. Fruity and light grapefruit in aroma. Sweet in flavour with lots of hops pushing through. Malty notes as well, but mostly sweet, floral, grassy and fruity hops dominates the flavour. Nice apricot fruity flavour in finish and aftertaste.
tiong (5840) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2013 710ml bottle @ Kaisla, thanks mjs and nokku.
Pours dark orange with a tiny clear head. Aroma has hints of pine and hops. Taste is quite strong. Starts out sweet and malty but hops kick in fast and balance the taste nicely. Hints of pine, grass and fruits. Finish is long lasting and a bit sticky. Alcohol is well hidden within the full body. Great, well balanced IIPA. 8-4-9-3-16 = 4.0
Re-rated on 1.11.2013. Bottled in April 2013. Tried one bottle from the same batch before and it was a boozy mess, but this one is a nice, massively bitter DIPA with a long lasting lingering grassy bitterness. Nice and tasty, even though it’s not very fresh anymore.
Hermod (5455) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
70cl bottle @Kaisla, Helsinki. Poured amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is very fruity and hoppy, orange, pine and pineapples. Flavor is hops, malt, pine and tropical fruit. Finish is long and bitter. Slightly sticky, oily mouthfeel. Nice full bodied brew. Not much alcohol noticeable, some warming finish mostly.
Koelschtrinker (15589) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vollmundiger Hopfenantrunk mit dunklen und süßen Bitternoten. Im Mittelteil isnd Marzipannoten präsent, daneben Schokoladennuancen. Die Herbe ist äußerst gring, der intensive Hopfen dafür um so süßer. Nach und nach erhält die Bitterkeit einzug, die aber auch im Nachgeschmack noch erstaunlich gering ausfällt. Die Herbe ist dort etwas stärker, unangefochten ist aber der süße und dunkle Hopfen an der Spitze der Aromen. Bis zuletzt vollmundig und eher unsüffig. 9/10/6/11/12/11
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big 24oz bottle. Amber \ copper color, creamy white head. EVERY HOP CHARACTER IS CONTAINED IN THIS BEER! Aroma is herbal, floral, medicinal, piney, citrus, grassy, orgasmic and calming. A good amount of caramel malt as well as a touch of mixed berries. Flavor is thick sweet maltose, nice buscuit, and bitter hops. As big as the HOP complexity is in this beer, somehow it is sweeter than it is bitter. WOWZERS, this beer is in perfect hamony in the most Jazziest way. Only an America DIPA could harmonize like this. Back to the flavor, it finishes with a hearty citrus rind, candy caramel, golden grapefruit, buscuit and munich malt, hints of earthy wheat malt, ABV well hidden, heavy bodied. SN couldn’t have done better!
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. bottle.... Pours orange/amber with moderate offwhite head, good retention and lacing, a little darker maybe than a typical IIPA. Great aroma, tropical fruit, resin, floral notes and a toffee/doughy malt sweetness. The taste is subtle as a sledgehammer - huge grapefruit/resin bitterness overwhelming just about everything else, though you do get a nice toffee note from the malt before the finish, which is also hugely bitter and lingering. best in small doses.