corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On draft at London Grille.
Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Earthy hop aroma with hints of pine as well as citrus and tropical fruit. Thereís also a prominent sweet alcohol aroma which takes away from the hops significantly and a nice biscuit/Graham cracker malt character. Subtle grapefruit and citrus peel but the nose is overpowered by an earthy/soil like and sweet alcohol presence.
Chewy body thatís on the fuller end of the spectrum with a blast of earthy bitter hops up front that lingers throughout but fades toward the sweet, hot finish. Slick and oily feeling with a one dimensional hop profile. Very faint citrus/tropical fruit character and again, a way too powerful alcohol presence that kills the better qualities of this beer. Sweet pale malt backbone that lacks the graham cracker biscuit character that the aroma suggested. The ABV is well masked as far as heat is cncerned but there is a lot of alcohol flavor.
This beer is kind of a mess really. Not very hoppy, especially when the palate adjusts to the original earthy pine flavor. Half way through the glass it tastes like a mildly hoppy sweet phenolic failure. Iím a big fan of SN and I was really excited to try this one but it was a huge disappointment. Iím glad I didnít sprig for the bottles.
Getbetter (875) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle,very piney ,grapefruit flavors,medium body,more than minimal head, clear,amber in color,worth the money for this beer.
kbutler1 (1353) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lucky to find this at MGM St Loius Park as they only got 4 bottles in. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass a copper ambe orange color with a tight fluffy off white head. Laces while it settles. Sweet citric hoppy aroma in the nose. Very sweet start moves quickly to hard core citrus hop resin flavors with a pretty hot booze flavor. Lingering bitter and booze notes. Medim mouthfeel. Overall, Iím not really impressed with this. Itís pretty over the top and not very balanced. I fully understand that the over the top was the goal but still it could have been better.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear pumpkin colored pour, good head which gives way to lasting lacing as the initial carbonation dissipates and a good rich hoppy vanilla and mellow orange citrus aroma. Flavor is plenty of creamy malt which transitions into a strong hop bite at the back of my jaw as it wakes up my tastebuds, finish is syrupy, sweet(though not nearly as much as hopslam, very herbal and a little noticeable alcohol. Very good hop bomb of a beer, my only complaint is the asking price @ $10/bottle.
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a DIPA. Pours an amber orange color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of citrus, pine, and caramel. Has a sweet citrus taste with a nice resiny hop hit with the perfect amount of malt on the back side to balance out the high IBUs. Nice and creamy. Love it.
williamstome (916) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber pour, small white head.
Citrusy and floral hop aromas.
Flavor is sweet with bit hop bite. Tasty but very bitter. Sweet malt and estery taste. Ebullient prickling palate.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shares by SoLan. Pours orange color with a decent size white head. Nose is floral, fruity, hops and sweet. Flavor starts off sweet and floral and citrusy. Ends with nice hops flavors and a bitter finish. Good balance between the sweet and bitter.
boFNjackson (4154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured clear golden with a thick white head and loads of lacing. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, grass. A dry palate, decent amount of carbonation, mild malted grains, and a big bittering quality. Finished with a dry, resinous hop tone.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
24oz bottle: Pours a clear orange with a medium white persistent head. Aroma has pine, grapefruit, fresh grass and the feel of being in a huge west coast hops farm on a breezy day during harvest. Starts and ends very bitter with a juicy ending. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a bitter ending without giving away its 10.4ABV (I guessed about 7.5). IMHO the best DIPA.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, some earthiness, and toasty. Tastes of toasted caramel, citrus, floral, pine and citrus. Never would have guessed 10%...