gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden color with an off white frothy head. Even though it is over the top bitter it is very drinkable for a hophead. And with a decently hidden 10% a 24 oz. bottle can be dangerous. Really not a cop out but it seems to have just about every standard hoppy flavor. Very dry from start to finish.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 I was really looking forward to this beer, however; the hype was greater than the actual product. The aroma is full of hops and light floral notes. The appearance is a golden/amber color with decent carbonation. The taste is bitterness from the hops at the very beginning but that bitterness fades away quite quickly and you are left with a heavy dose of malt that is almost more prominent that the hops at the beginning. I enjoy this beer, however; it is not perfectly balanced.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep orange/red, nice thick lacing white head. Beautiful fluffy appearance. Aroma has notes of big whole hop pine, resin, grass, touch of orange peel and grapefruit. Taste is notes of orange peel, bitter grapefruit, pine and grass bitterness, tiny touch of caramel sweetness, finishing piny, resinous, harshly bitter in a good way. How DIPAs should be made, big hoppy, and bitter. Excellent!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours nice amber orange with an off white head. Aroma of floral hops and fruity ale esters. Medium bodied with steady carbonation. Flavor of caramel malts with that hint of SN house character, with a nice, but not overly assertive tropical fruit bitterness. Some slight dry grassiness on the finish, with alcohol very well hidden. This is very nice but tame, because it does not smack you in the face with hop bitterness or have a hot finish.
dridge11 (1) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
More powerful aroma from the bottle than in the glass. Nice golden/brass color. On the front of the palate, a burst of hoppiness that quickly moves to the sides of your mouth with an almost tangerine/pine flavor with the middle of your mouth left with a drier finish. I’ve had several other IPA/DIPA in the past, none quite like this. Probably more like an Avery Maharaja than an Pliny the Elder. Great beer, glad I have a few.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stuff is freaking candy. Hoppy sure. Sweet most definitely. I loved this actually. I drank the bottle in 30 minutes on my own. And loved every second of it. Not the most complex or elegant of Imperial IPAs, but which one is? Really? This is a brawny and over hopped style that I love. This beer meets my criteria of delicious. Maybe a touch too sweet. But not much. Not an alcohol sweetness either. Though it could be a blend of alcohol and the huge malts that they used. Great stuff.
944play (350) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Clear light amber, small white head, and copious fine lace. Gritty aroma of alpha acid, nachos, rubber, cut grass, bile, and syrup. Flavor inspires more positive impressions of tropical fruits and black pepper. Quite sweet but also super bitter; big etoh factors, too, and overall surprisingly crisp.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BevMo Point Loma. Pours a mostly clear copper with a frothy off white head that left some great lacing. Nose holds citrus, pine and light alcohol. Pungent on the palate with resiny hops and a big bitter finish. Wish the booze was a bit more subdued.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy copper, thin white head, sticky full body, medium carbonation.
Aroma: ton of resinous hops, simcoe, apricot, faint caramel malt.
Taste: loads of fresh sweet resinous hops (simcoe, pine, citrus, floral), alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt.
Ton of brilliant fresh hops, but not too bitter. A hop showcase with multi-variety complexity.
Thewade (318) - USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2013 Wow. Pretty extreme. Not for the light hop hearted. Everything you’d expect from this beer is there. Spruce. Light citrus. Well balanced, and especially good with about a year aged on it.