ryecatcher (773) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2012
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz can. I had high hopes for this as it was recommended by a fellow IPA fan -- I even checked the date. Unfortunately, I was relatively disappointed. The nose was metallic -- and honestly, PBR has a better nose. A nice somewhat hazy orange color looked promising. The head retention was okay, and the lacing was good.The body was so-so, and the hops were indistinct. Sort of a generic, bitter hoppiness. And at this price point, Iím really not happy.
madvike (2696) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 Can - This looks great, a clear amber with a massive foamy off-white head. Nose is a little sharp, with sticky pine hops and a whiff of rubbing alcohol. Big sweet malt, though thatís mostly hidden by the hops and booze. The taste is...well...sharp. Thereís a review below mine that references a shot of vodka being dropped into this. Yep, thatís about right. Itís big, slick, resinous, and sticky, with sweet bready malt and tons of grassy/pine bitter hops. But the alcohol burn starts midway through the sip and builds until itís a harsh, biting full-on alcohol sting. This lingers through the long finish and makes me sad. Loved Sweet Action, but definitely wouldnít buy this again.
mkgrenwel (568) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange pour, pale white head. Sticky sweet hops dominate the arome. A bit of lemongrass, like a breakfast cereal. Clean dry grassy hops are quite dominant. Malt base is light and reserved. Still sweeter than bitter, despite lightness of the malt. I think thereís a weird void here, where if it were called an IPA it would work, but somehow it doesnít feel like thereís enough of something there for the IIPA title. I donít want to knock a good beer for not being to style, especially when itís just straddling the line between IPA and IIPA, but something is slightly off here. Perhaps itís that the high alcohol strangely is left naked by the clean malt profile. I typically prefer IPAs because theyíre not as sweet, but this is showing that sweetness serves a purpose. The more I drink, the more it becomes clear that thatís what it is: alcohol is too strong here. Itís giving it a harshness and a chemical like quality. Otherwise, this is a great IPA. Tons of orange and hints of apricot up front, but turn into an oily heat in the finish. It overwhelms the hop bitterness too. Iím being more negative than I feel about the beer. Itís still pretty good, and Iíd be happy to drink it again, but thereía a definite flaw.
smith4498 (3022) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz slim can from a trade with BlackIPA. Pours clear amber color with off white head. Citrus and pine hop aroma with some toffee. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon flavors with some sweet caramel and a hint of alcohol. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Shawn.
deyholla (6612) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Sugar Maple. Pouts a near clear deep amber with an off white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong bitter earthy pine note with a bit of resin and a bread backing. Flavor starts with an earthy pine note with some underlying resin and bread.
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of pine and resin notes with sweet malt base. Taste is a nice mix between some pine and resin hoppy notes with some solid malt backbone with quite a lot of sweetness. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though I prefer My IIPA a bit more dry.
gnoff (7782) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml can. Shared with _angst_ and Marsiblursi at The Rover on April 22, 2012
BB 23 NOV 2012
Hazy golden color, medium yellow to orange head. Fruity, hoppy, alcohol, sweet, sugary scent. Malty, sweet, bitter taste. Sugary, sweet, hoppy, bitter aftertaste. A bit moussy mouthfeel. Fairly high bitterness. Warming alcohol. Burping hops after. some cheese when it warms up. A bit boring, but at least not intensly bitter. Alcohol too evident for me to have a full can on my own, split 3 ways was just enough for me
_angst_ (2757) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can shared @ The Rover. Pours tiny hazy golden with a small bubbly white head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace. Smell is sweet and metallic with grass, orange peal, caramel, toffee, ripe plums, apricots, honeydew melon and clear notes of alcohol. Taste is sweet with alcohol, pine, grass, honeydew melon and freshly cut grass. Mouthfeel is boozy, sharp and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with pine, grass, melon, unripe tropical fruits and alcohol. Way too boozy, tastes like someone dropped a shot of vodka in the beer before serving.
andyhwcinc (1435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Armanettiís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a relaxing Sunday during a 3 day weekend. Appearance a bright cloudy gold with a rich, frothy white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of fresh, slightly acidic hops, kind of has a dirty aroma, slightly bready malts also come out in the nose. Taste is pretty good, canít really tell itís a 9% ABV brew, citrus note hops dominate the palate, but there is a balance from the malt as well. Also a bit of grapefruit/pine in the flavor as well. I really like the design of the packaging, which is what drew me to purchase this. Pretty good stuff.
Marsiblursi (3001) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Can) Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. The aroma holds resin, pine, wood, floral perfume, mint, nettles, mango, melon, hard candy, grapefruit peel, toast, honey, white sugar, and light caramel. The flavour light to medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic/sour. Notes of citrus, pine, wood, bitter/spicy herbs, alcohol, toast and honey. The mouthfeel is astringent, soft and tiny sticky with a light carbonation. Lingering and aggressive resinous and citric finish. Medium bodied.