matt7215 (2225) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle from a kw group private order. pours clear golden with moderate carbonation and a small white head. earthy hop aroma. the flavour is balanced with earthy hops and base malt structure. dryer then most big ST brews. not a bad beer overall but pretty dissapointing from this brewer. id take their regular ipa over this everytime.
lamas (1371) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear pale gold color with a smallish off-white head. The pungent aroma features plenty of grapefruits, orange rinds, and resiny pine needles. Hints of rye bread become apparent as things warm up a bit. Goes down thin to medium-bodied. A semi-sweet start taste-wise with a touch of caramel and some biscuity qualities. Grapefruits and bitter citrus rinds follow. A touch dry at the end. Decent, but not very memorable. Doesn’t really seem like an I2PA at all. I expect more from Southern Tier.
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice pine and citrus aroma from a light amber pour with a foamy head. The flavor is similar with the pine and citrus dominate. Not much malt in here. Finish is dry and refreshing.
beerbill (3531) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear gold with a moderate fairly creamy white head that lasted until the very end and left a coating of white foam on the side of the glass with each sip. Pleasant aroma of pine with a lesser amount of grapefruit and malt. The flavor is a well balanced combination of malt with some nice biscuit, pine, and a just a bit of grapefruit. The pine is not resinous, but it is not thin either. Appropriate bitterness at the finish is not overdone. Medium-full bodied. This is a very nice IIPA.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome awesome brew. So crisp and delicious, perfect hop emphasis, dangerously sessionable. Straightforward, wonderfully executed IIPA. I got ripped drinking the first 5 out of the 6 pack last night and woke up with the 6th this morning and it was equally delectable.
Cavie (3839) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I’m gonna go with drowland on this one also. Clear yellowish gold color. White head. Aroma is foresty, plants and pine sap. Lots of floral notes with the hops. Flavor is dry soil hops, citrus, spicy plants and sap. Dry finish. Fairly well balanced.
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Cavie. Yellow pour with a big, bubbly white head. Aroma is a little spicy, a little bready, and earthy. Taste is dirty, a little fruit, twangy, and dry. Finish sits on the side of the tongue.
jgb9348 (4843) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super light, golden coloured body with a bright glow and a nice thin off-white head - nice! Aroma of pineapple, fresh light hops, pine cones, grapefruit and a good amount of sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong chunky feel with a heavy dose of piney and grapefruity (cascade?) hops. Aftertaste shows some more complexity with malt, sugar, pineapple and some other light fruits noticeable. Overall, a good Imperial IPA, showing the strengths of the style, while losing some of the craziness - this is 8% and only in twelve ounces. Shows good character and complexity, but still has a lot of body for the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 04-September-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 16-September-2010.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from xocoatl via trade, thanks! Pours slightly hazy light golden in colour, with nice decent white head, leaves some good lacing. Aroma and taste are dominated by floral, earthy hops, but it’s not overwhelming. Just a hint of alcohol here. Pretty good!
islay (1245) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 9-15-10. Pleasant, floral, perfume-like, hops-dominated aroma features grapefruit, peach, pine. Not particularly strong smell. Some dryness. Pours an effervescent, pale gold with a large amount of uneven, cream-colored head. Produces nice lacing. Juicy, vegetal, mineraly taste. Green apple, cardboard, white grape juice, grapefruit juice, cheap white wine, and mineral water flavors. Something unpleasant in the finish: Dirt, metal, compost. Tastes like a puddle at the bottom of an unexplored cave (but a little better, I’m sure). Light to medium body. Easy to drink (too easy). Insubstantial in the palate. This is more like a regular IPA or even an APA than a DIPA in its flavor and its lightness. It did not at all live up to my expectations; a disappointment. I cooked with the last 6 ounces or so.