gunnfryd (14115) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. golden colour with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit, malt. flavour is sweet, grapefruit, pine, malt, hop, orange peel, grain. Full bodied nice beer.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Nice hop citrus nose, with lots of tropical fruit. More pale yellow in color than I would have expected. But the flavor is all there, nice bitter finish. A real offering that competes with other IPAs but seems a bit weak for a IIPA.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with hopscotch - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is faint herbal hops. WTF! Flavor is light toasted malt, fruity esters, and faint hops. Finish is smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. The question is, "Where’s the hops?" Looks like I got an older bottle or this is an extremely lame 2IPA. Thanks Eric.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brew pub, I would say this one is a better offering then their IPA, which according to the brewery is their best selling beer. it pour a thick head and a dark shade of brown, nice bitterness
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Bright straw, clear, nearly golden, lively carbonation, large pillowy white head, strong patchy lacing.   Soft sweet hop aroma, minor candied citrus peel.   Semi-sweet orangish hop profile up front, mild bitterness, very soft malt background.   Not as astringent or pithy like as others, but also doesnt feel like an IIPA.   Much more milder than that.   Seems to me more of a straight up west coast IPA.   Needs more of everything, albeit it is fairly well balanced as is.   Not too assertive on the hops, and the malt background isnt very heavy.   Average body and mouthfeel.   Maybe Southern Tier should make a 4xIPA to better represent an Imperial IPA?   Good, but a little light.   Thanks to Goldtwins for sending a few bottles.
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from CBX. Pours a clear, light copper with thick white head. Very nice citrusy aroma. A mix of grapefruit and lemon/lime. First sip is very smooth and crisp. Not an over the top, bitter hop heavy IPA. But that is not necassarily a bad thing depending on your mood. Very smooth bitter taste up front and in the middle and get a bit of a bigger pop at the end and in the aftertaste. Definitly some grapefruit coming through, but taste a bit more of the lemon/lime flavor in this. Very drinkable.
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet oranges, tropical fruit, caramel, and light grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a half inch white head that fades to a soapy film after thirty seconds or so and leaves sporadic webbing for lacing. The flavor starts moderately citrusy with sweet oranges and lighter tropical fruits. The finish has some light grapefruit bitterness, but not quite enough to balance the sweetness up front. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. I really like IPA/IIPA’s that are heavy on citrus and tropical fruits, but for my tastes this needs some more hoppy bitterness for balance.
TKA300 (105) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely spectacular brew. It had every characteristic I love in a double IPA. Great hop character with a well-balanced malt presence. Notes of citrus both in the aroma and in the taste. Delicious.
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, light pine and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapoefruit, light pine and a hint of orange with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden orange pour with a loose white head that doesn’t last very long. Aroma is surprisingly malty but is also, less surprisingly, quite hoppy too, with notes of grapefruit, apricot, pine, toffee and orange. Flavour is very similar to the aroma however the citrusy hops are more pronounced and there are additional hints of grass, corn and spices. Mouthfeel is a little bit oily with lots of tingly carbonation and a lengthy bitter finish. By itself this is quite a nice brew, although there are many other DIPA’s readily available which are equally, if not more impressive. This also has a particularly rich malty character which is common to a few of Southern Tier’s beers which makes them less sessionable IMO. Still not bad overall.