badwhale (297) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass shaker. Pours a dark yellow with a medium white head. Great lacing. Many strong hop flavors of floral / citrus / pine. There is a heavy oily like aftertaste of these flavors. Delicious.
M82 (89) - Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle code 3121206:26 @ 45° into Zwiesel 14.7oz cognac snifter; amber body with a rustic vibe sits below a solid white head leaving speckles and spatters of lace; aromas and flavors of floral fresh squeezed lime, intriguing; medium smooth body with well controlled carbonation leaving a resinous lasting after, hint of alcohol heat, but much less than previous batches; best Hoptimum I’ve had to date, very solid
DavidWoodruff (243) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Burning rubber, malt, tropical fruit with a bit of body odor.
Appearance: Deep Gold with a thin white head.
Flavor: Sweet malt with a nice citrus bite.
Palate: Full bodied, viscous, soft carbonation and a long, moderately bitter finish.
Overall: Delicious, but my socks are still securely on feet.
gripweed57 (327) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Deep golden color topped by a big bubbly white head. As expected, a big piney hop bouquet greets you after the pour. First sip brings an avalanche of hop flavor. Lots of pine and grapefruit peel. The malt is an afterthought and barely noticeable here. It’s all about the hops, from start to finish. The 10.4% alcohol is clear and present, making this a sort of uber-hoppy barleywine. The complexity evolves as the beer warms. Simply outstanding.
jahshuwuh (188) - USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice golden color with generous frothy white head. Smells of pine and bong water, cat piss, other weird funks. Surprisingly smooth taste with most of the bitter up front and then gives way to a nice caramel, vanilla sweetness. A cracker like malty taste at the end with a tad bit of bitter on the tongue. The abv is well hidden. Very well balanced, good brew.
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DougHnut70 (25) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Cloudy, orange 12oz bottle (4 pk) poured into a pint glass with a thick, sticky head. Smells like pine, grapefruit, and honey. Taste is bold, bitter bitter hops (in a good way), citrus, peaches and honey. This goes from alcohol taste, to hoppy, to a slightly sweet effect with no bad aftertaste even though a lot of resin persists. Medium-heavy, smooth and creamy, definitely a Sierra. Great for a mass-produced 10.4%. Hard not to drink more than one. Big, bold, must-try west coast DIPA.
tendency (17) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fresh 2013 bottle. pours a dark golden copper with light carbonation and minimal head. to my taste this is basically a sierra nevada pale ale on ’roids. too much syrupy maltiness for my taste which leads to a bit of a confused and somewhat muddled flavor profile. definitely tons of hops in there but curiously there is a lack of depth and complexity to their flavor profile the hops asserting themselves predominantly as simple bitterness. disappointing there. this would fall under the ’triple IPA’ category given the characteristics in my book.
**ah hang on. ok, so im on #3 and maybe it’s the 10% talkin but this shit is growing on me .. may have to re-rate 8)**
shroud0fdoom (103) - Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Look: Honey orange, 2 1/2 finger head. Smell: Mild citrus, floral, earth, tropical fruits (pineapples, mango) herbal tea, honey sweetness. Taste: Floral, tea, grapefruit rind, heat, dry bitter finish. Feel: Medium body, above par carbonation. Overall: The flavor isn’t as outstanding as the aroma (atleast for me anyway). Flavor profile doesn’t last long before the bitter bite comes in and screams "Here’s Johnny!". I was hoping for more pineapple and mango as the nose tells me.. but I do get a nice long tobacco aftertaste. This brew is worthy.
LeftCoastRider (89) - , Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesomeness. Pours a clear gold with a moderate cream-colored head. Aromas of tropical fruits and flowers, and amazing flavors - it’s like candy. Sweet but still uber hoppy. Heavy bodied, very high in alcohol. One of my favorite beers, I just wish it were lower in alcohol.
pinkie (121) - New York, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange amber with exceptional clarity. Thin head that fell fast, no real retention. Left some fine, soapy wet lace. Nose is spicy with some citrus. First thing you smell is yeast and it smells like a pils. Dank. I even thought to myself "Ooh this is gonna be good." Light caramel malt, tropical fruit. Oranges and grapefruit. Lots of alcohol on the nose. Earthy and a little grass. Taste is the definition of hop bomb. I have been saving the phrase and I choose to spend for the first time on this beer. Resiny, oily and bitter. The tropical qualities of the fruits are lost in the background. Piney, boozy, lots of alcohol on the palate. Not subtle, not hidden not masked. There is plenty of malt in this. Goes from light caramel to bread and honey as it warms and some sugar to top it off. Mouthfeel is sticky , heavy, chewy, plenty of alcohol and alcohol dryness with just a touch of sweetness from the malt and from the fruits to remind you that they were there. The malt saves this beer but the fact that so much of it is needed to balance all the hops means that it adds to the heaviness. It felt like the hops were thrown in for the mere sake of hops and there was no real complexity or fruity flavor. The bitter was tolerable but combined with the heaviness and the alcohol it was altogether unpleasant. It drank hard. Short on actual flavor.
AxlLives (230) - Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap pour - @ RHP. Pours orange with minimal head. Nice aromas of oranges, citrus, and goody hops. Creamy palate, nice and smooth, balanced palate and loooong finish. Awesome.