Darkmagus82 (1898) - - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-14-24-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer is served a clear amber color with a one finger head composed of a billowy white foam. The head has a decent retention, fading over time to leave a moderate level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite fruity with lots of tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and some papaya. Along with these smells come some nice grapefruit hop smells. A rather moderately strong pine aroma brings with it a resinous and somewhat more poignant harshness to the nose, but in a kind of way that seems to balance the sweeter aromas nicely.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and bready taste with the tropical fruits that were detected in the nose right up front and being joined by a bready and doughy flavor. A grapefruit hop flavor is present upfront as well with it growing stronger as the flavor advances to the middle. Along with the grapefruit comes some light grassiness and a pine flavor. The pine really kicks into gear more at the middle of the taste with it growing quite potent at the end. While that occurs the doughy and sweeter flavors begin fading some with a caramel flavor coming to replace the lost fruit flavors. In the end with the pine getting decently intense, one is left with a rather resinous and moderately sweet but smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are rather nice for the sipping quality of the brew and really allow the resinous pine flavor to shine through at the end
Overall – A rather nice Imperial overall with a nice moderately resinous finish. Very tasty.
can8ianben (1364) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one a while back - remember it to be a big hoppy boozy beer with earthy and fruity notes.
Drake (9460) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can from Beer Run. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a frothy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of tropical and citrus hops, mild earth and caramel. The taste is bitter citrus and tropical hops, a bit of pine and candied citrus, pale malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, decent balance.
obguthr (4223) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can: Papaya, tea, and dried leaves nose. Hazy amber, thick sticky head. Dried leaves, corn, orange peel flavor. Orange peel finish. Good complexity, disorganized. Biting bitterness, medium body, alcohol not very evident.
Emeister84 (1281) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of citrusy hops, lemon candy, sweet bready malt. Clear, burnt orange, somewhat lasting white head. Dry, bitter but balanced by malt sweetness. Medium bodied.
John25 (790) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can in a pint glass. Dull orange and light brown aroma is pine and maple syrup. The taste is all resinous pine and heavy on the caramel malt. Sticky palate with perfect hop bitterness. Very good but, I like the 2013 version better than 2014.
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oliodnb (431) - ITALY - JUN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml can. Pours almost orange with some particles suspended. Slightly off white head. Strong bouquet of fruity hops backed by some sweet malts with light detectable alcohol. Great hoppy taste, some caramel sweetness, long bitter aftertaste.
wheresyourball (521) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can. Pours a dark orange color with thick off white head. Nose is strong pine and malt; flavor follows, mostly hop predominant, with a dry sweet finish and medium mouthfeel. Probably the best beer I got to try in Philly.
HippieFee (89) - - APR 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can - Golden color medium head. Blam! huge amounts of hops, lingers on the palate, bitter. Little to strong of a flavor for my tastes.
crlnts (378) - SWITZERLAND - APR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The color of copper. Light beige head. Aroma is floral and piney hops. Spicy, malty, citrusy. Syrupy. A bit heavy, even for a double IPA.