ccex (885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from a big discount liquor store. Pours a slightly haxy orange/amber with decent off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is much heavier on the caramel malts than on the hops, but some grapefruit, orange, and pine are present. Taste is sweet with only a slightly bitter finish. Definitely not a hop bomb and not very boozy. Body is medium with average carbonation for the style. Somewhat disappointing for a double IPA, but not expensive.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: † Big gusher once opened. † Pours amberish, on the orange side, faint haze, large frothy off-white head, little lacing. † Soft powdered candy like nose, a touch of citrus. † Seems as though it may be busted. † Somewhat of a candied citrus peel up front, powdery like pixie stix, with some pith like bitterness in the background. † Even picks up a touch of sourness on the backside. † Seems over the hill with its pixie stix like sweetness. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Finishes with a sour pith like flavor. † Given the pixie stix aroma/flavor, thinking this one is a bit over the hill.   Slight fruity sourness after the finish.   Hmmm....
Cuff_Links (35) - - DEC 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a very nice Double IPA. I got plenty of citrus but did not get much pine. The appearance was cloudy (which is fine by me) with a nice, off-white head. I thought the finish was the best part of this beer, it had an extra burst of mild bitterness. I would buy and drink again.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Binnyís Lincoln Park. Pours a clear, golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is orange pines and somewhat sweet caramels with a bit of a toasty biscuit, a few florals, and some resins. Flavor is somewhat thin feeling initially, but similar. Resiny pines with oranges and grapefruits, florals, sweeter caramels, and a bit of a toasty biscuit. Finishes clean and dry with a medium-high bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-thin body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a very easy drinking DIPA. Somewhat simple, but well hopped and balanced with no cloying sweetness. Not bad at all.
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark orange with little to no head. Nice citrus aroma with slight hops. Notes of lemon and grapefruit. As expected, very hoppy but pretty smooth caramel malt with a bitter finish. Not overly boozy.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bottle. Piney, citric hop aroma, some grapefruit, pineapple and lemon notes, with a very pale malty sweetness in the background. Hazy light-medium golden orange in color, with a lasting, fine, uneven head that also leaves plenty of lacing behind. Flavor profile is very predominantly hoppy, more citrus and tropical fruit aspects to be found here, along with some wood, pine and very light caramel malt touches showing through, before it finishes clean, hoppy and bitter. Plenty of effervescence on the palate, lending a lighter feel, body is medium. Alcohol presence is notably absent. Not bad, a fairly simple and basic rendering of a Double IPA. Drinkable.
mcberko (5219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from tstockstrom (thanks Chuck), pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is pretty typical for a IIPA, with pine and citrus hops, a bit of floral, and a big caramel malt backbone. Flavour is very bitter, with shitloads of citrusy hops, a big floral quality too, and a sufficient malt backbone. Hugely dominated by the citrus. Semi-sweet without destroying the hoppiness. Solid IIPA, but short of anything overly stimulating.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Two finger head, creamy, mostly diminishing, great lacing, off white, cloudy golden brown, citrus floral aroma, nice bitter bite, medium body.
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Eugene for sharing - hazy gold - soapy lace - aroma is initially tangy and citric, but this is followed by some odd, almost cheesy, earthy hoppiness - flavor is drier than expected, even with some light mineral character - clean flavor - strong but non-abrasive bitterness - finish is peppery and lightly citric - aside from the off note in the aroma, itís decent.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer presents itself as a DIPA, but oddly enough, itís the caramel malts that hit the nose when I sniff from the glass. Somewhat surprising and without a date on the bottle itís tough for me to figure out if thatís what the brewer intended or something that may have went wrong at the liquor store. Thereís also a faint mustiness as well. Color is a nice deep reddish amber, with tight unified bubbles leaving a frothy and creamy head. It really looks gorgeous in my tulip glass. The initial taste yields substantial bitterness, with an appropriate amount of alcohol present in the finish. The beer warms as it goes down, perhaps not a surprise given the ABV levels. While I can pick out the alcohol character it isnít the unpleasant kind, but works within the framework of the beer. Sadly I donít get a lot of hop character out of this beer, which is disappointing as Iíve only had it for a couple of weeks and itís just not there. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and bordering on syrupy, and despite the pretty head carbonation just isnít there, most likely due to the higher ABV. Unfortunately, without the hops to carry things forward the beer quickly turns into a malt-caramel-alcohol bomb, with heavy malt up front and alcohol in the after finish. Somewhat disappointing, though Iíd like to try a sample fresh from the brewery and see if it still has the same kind of issues.