ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is really a bold, golden orange-colored beer with a fantastically frothy, beautiful head. The head eventually settles to a thin, slightly off-white film atop the beer. As it should, the beer looks serious. Its aroma is of fresh, spicy, herbal, piney hops. The nose is so acutely dosed with a delicious bouquet of hops (and a great combination, no doubt) that I found myself trying to inhale deeper and deeper with each breath. I did have an internal struggle smelling this beer, though, because I wanted to desperately to let my nose loose upon it like a pack of rabid dogs, but the aroma was so calming that I soon found myself slightly sedated by it.
In the mouth itís much like what youíd expect of any well-hopped, thin-bodied, high-alcohol, moderately caramel malted double IPA. Itís, well, other than those deScriptions, very thin on the palate indeed, with only the moderate presence of caramel malts offering any real malt flavor. This allows a very clean, straight up grainy character to define the beerís malt flavor, which is a really pleasant backing to the bitter, slightly resinous, herbal pine-like hop profile. Alcohol and high hop bitterness dominate the palate, but do so relatively smoothly. Overall, it offers everything one should love of a high-alcohol double IPA, yet it does so in a very soft, seemingly aged way. Imagine the body of a double IPA thatís been aged a year, but with the hop intensity of a fresh bottle.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500mL bottle. clear amber, sticky off-white head with moderate retention and some lacing. aroma is malt dominant: toffee and cane sugar with some mild resin and grapefruit pith. taste is the complete opposite: very bitter, low to medium sweet. poor balance. medium body, slick and oily feel, soft carb, long and bitter finish. this could really use more aroma hopping. heavy bitterness is fine and all, but when thereís no aroma to go with it itís just unpleasant. someone had to have messed something up in this batch. iíll try it again next time.
rougeau13 (2424) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 Clear amber with a big, fluffy, rocky off-white head with thick lacing. Super hoppy, aroma full of citrus, with pine and caramel as well. Taste is on the bitter side, and pretty good. Medium bodied, dry, and pretty bitter at the finish.
ben4321 (5359) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 500 ml bottle from Whole Foods - Kirby, 6/10/13
Aroma: The aroma is pine over citrus hops, with plenty of caramel and bready malts
Appearance: A clear orange color, with a reddish tint, and a small off-white head and streaky lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet, with plenty of malt flavors, and a rather large pine bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, with average carbonation, a sticky feel, and a long, dry finish
I like this beer, it is a pretty solid DIPA. I wouldnít put it up there with the top examples of the style, but it has all of the right components to make it feel fairly close. At 9.2% this is dangerously drinkable as well.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
$6.00/16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a golden brown color. Well carbonated. The aroma is mostly malty with some stale hop flavors. It seems to lack good hop aroma, which is disappointing. The taste has some biscuity malt flavors with a good touch of bitterness. The one major thing missing from this beer is the hops to match up to the big malty body. It is sorely lacking aroma hops. With the great DIPA that was last years Pro Am I donít know what Southern Star is thinking.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint, 9 oz bottle. Pours amber color with a short white head. Good lacing. Pine, citrus, resin and fruity aromas. Flavors are IPA all the way. A bit of alcohol burn on the finish, but then the hops take over. This is a big beer... great job!
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can:   Fireweed honey in color, hazy, little head, off-white, spotty lacing.   Bright pithy nose, a bit floral, otherwise somewhat of a juicy citrus aroma.   Sweet pith and candied citrus peel on the tongue.   Not
big in body, mouthfeel is average.   Hoppy, but not biting, moreso sweet and pithy than anything.   Bigger than an IPA, but this is one of those 1Ĺ IPAs.   Tasty, but could be hoppier and certainly needs a bit more body.
DocJitsu (1532) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I received this beer in a trade. It might of been under more pressure than usual because of the jostling. However, I had let it sit in the fridge for at least three hours before opening. It spewed and poured suds out of the can the moment it opened. I tried to get most of it in the can. A huge bumpy head formed and stayed. Stayed. And stayed some more. There are some citrus notes on the nose, bust mostly a hammering of malt. Itís a dark, murky amber color. Sort of ugly. Finally I get a sip around the fat foam. Malt bomb. A lot of raw hop hotness on the back of the throat, but no real hop flavor to balance this malty mess. There is a bit of misplaced chocolate. Itís got a pleasing heavy mouthfeel. Only redeeming quality in my opinion.
jsquire (4040) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color out of the can with a sticky off white head. Nose of hop resin and malt powder. Big malty beer with tons of hop resin, candied orange peel and pine notes. Thick but not too heavy for an IIPA.
kevinator (1788) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite tasty and if I understand its source, from a contest winner. I love to see breweries offering up and supporting the wares of the home brewing public. Nice hops aroma of floral and pine. Copper color with one-finger head. Average palate weight with balanced carbonation. Nice hops taste of citrus and peaches. Thatís what first came to mind. Have no clue what the alcohol was. Had a slight bitterness that didnít balance with the others if I have one critique, otherwise, good beer.