Leighton (13373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared at Sanderís, NYC during an evening during which we drank far, far too much beer. Pours clear gold with a light, foamy head. Nose of pee, alcohol and pine. Medium to big sweet flavor with lots of alcohol, pine, sugar, light toasty pale malts, lime. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warm finish with moderate resinous pine, mild grapefruit. Itís slightly harsh, to be honest, with a strong alcohol edge. So so overall. Iíll try this one again to see if it fares better, given that many people seem to have enjoyed it.
umich03jm (2502) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick frothy head that lingers a long time. Aroma is oily, like olive oil, and also floral and citrus. Malt comes through a bit too. Taste is moderately bitter and very little sweetness. Lots of oily hop resin is in the beer as the name would suggest. Big malt backbone adds lot of body to the beer. The texture and body of this beer is amazing but the flavor is a bit lacking. Hops only add a little floral and citrus character but not enough to excite me. Itís still a really good Imperial IPA.
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml can pours slightly hazy copper with gold edges and near white head of foam. The aroma is resiny hops as well as sort of mango tropical fruit and then it seems to get a bit bready and biscuit like toward the end of the draw. The taste is delivering bold resiny bitter hops thatís sort of pine sap and a bit mango and then runs into various modest malty notes. To midway and into the finish the malts are mild and seem sort of a bready, caramel, biscuit blend. Interesting take as Iím not sure Iím getting the flavor hops here in this mix of flavor notes and bitter hoppiness.
TheHOFF43 (1771) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark gold. A solid IPA that has a bit of an odd texture. Resin is a very good IPA that has a surprisingly high 9.1%abv. Well balanced and delicious.
ads135 (3302) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hop-lovers dream. The hop attack starts early and leaves a lasting impression. Somehow, they avoid an overly-astringent experience, yet the resinous, slightly citrusy hops are unidimensional and strong enough to knock out the alcohol. Another one will have to wait until I make it back within the area of distribution.
mathieuc (1898) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral hops are the focus here. Pure hop juice! No malt to be found and thatís ok! Tongue-numbing hop level so itís not for every palate, consider yourself warned. For me it worked quite well and I picture myself picking this up all the time. Iím pretty ecstatic right now haha!
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Wowza. Now this was a hoppy beer. It was almost as intense as trying to eat a hop pellet, but without the unbearable bitterness. It was definitely bitter, but it was well balance and the intense hop flavors also outweighed the hop bitterness. Another good name for this could have been hop concentrate. Resinous hops are usually my least favorite flavor of hop, but here it really worked. This beer is somewhat addictive. I could see buying it as a special treat for the rest of my life. Concealed alcohol content fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a clear, dark, reddish amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma contained moderate to heavy caramel and burnt sugar; heavy resinous hops and citrus rind hops; less pine hops; honey; brown sugar; and maple syrup. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and moderate to heavily bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, brown sugar, juicy pine and resin hops, burnt caramel, some grapefruit hops, grapefruit rind and maple syrup. The medium to full body was oily and a bit syrupy with somewhat soft carbonation and a slightly alcoholic and light to moderately astringent finish.
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has become one of my staple high gravity beers. Just a great balance of hops and malt, so smooth. Earthy, grassy, bitter, with just the right amount of sweetness.
Niko100 (2172) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium body; Aroma of pine hops, resin, and citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, pine hops, citrus (notably grapefruit), and some caramel; Finish is dry & bitter; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; Nicely balanced; Pretty decent.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bonused can. Pours cloudy yellow gold with a small white head. Aroma of pineapple, candied sugars, tropical fruits. Flavour of bitter tropical hops, everything above. some honey/lemon cough medicine notes. Full bodied, balanced nicely. Good.