queenholly (3559) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2010
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle.. Golden with a fluffy white head. Citrus and hops aroma. Flavor was a little hops and very metallic. I couldn’t taste much because the metallic flavor was overpowering. The metallic flavor seemed to screw with my perception of the palate, leaving a coppery sensation. This one went down the sink. I’m guessing I got a bad bottle.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 In short: Another sugary candy sweet American IPA. Meh.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh a few days after purchase
The look: Almost clear golden-orange body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose is a bit tangy with also notes of candies and citrus fruits. Taste is has white sugar, candied fruits, hard candies, fruity hops with citrus fruits. No big caramelized body here, just sugary (white sugar) sweetness. Bitterness level is pretty low for the style. This beer has a similar flavor profile as their regular IPA. I suspect the same malt and hop bill except that this one is cranked up. Because it is a stronger and more boozy beer than the regular IPA I found the sugary sweetness to be a bit more tolerable. But overall these two beers just do it for me. I don’t understand why these sweet IPAs are so popular in USA. Makes no sense to me. I just don’t understand the USA. Especially the new generation. The teenagers are getting fatter and fatter and yet they all seem to be loosing their pants and they all walk around with their pants below the waist. Makes no sense to me.
Frank (3470) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The commercial description of this says it’s not quite and imperial IPA but it’s over eight percent alcohol so I don’t know what else it would be though, honestly, it really doesn’t pack much more hop punch than even some APA. The color is a clear orange golden with a nice head of medium bubbles. The nose is nice and hoppy, a lot of pine and a good deal of citrus. Overall, this is rather more mild than I like in a big beer but still very good tasting. A bit of piny, resinous bitterness plays w/ a hint of malt sweetness in a fairly vigorous sea of carbonation. It tastes pretty much like a session ale but, naturally, it hits you w/ the full force of its higher alcohol content. I guess that’s not necessarily a bad thing but, for me, I’d rather my higher alcohol beers back up the alcohol w/ more flavor and this really doesn’t. I’d like this a lot more if I could drink it all night rather than stopping at one or two.
sebletitje (7901) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
léger dorée, blanche
arôme, houblon citronné, malt léger, pamplemousse est bien présent
goût, levure? pas mal de houblon citron, malt est moyen, sucre brun. le profile de cette bière reste principalement citron et pamplemousse, domine par le houblon.
Forsberg_dk (258) - DENMARK - SEP 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
35,5 cl bottle, pours clear golden with a decent white head, aroma of citrus, grass and pine with a hint of malt, taste is pretty much the same, decent bitterness, solid finish, nice overall IPA but not a hop bomb by any means.
thegreenrooster (3566) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a bright golden with a small white head. Aroma is hops but not as large as I expected. Flavor is about the same. Sure its hops but nothing to say hey I’m a DIPA. I think this brewers IPA might actually be better than this. If your going to put out an DIPA hop the ass out if it. This is not an DIAP.
milewide (1750) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pungent citrus aroma and taste up front, with lingering hop bitterness in aftertaste. Clear gold color, with modest head. Alcohol taste is well hidden,
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A real gem of an ipa, though I can see why some folks find this disappointing if they are expecting a dipa. This is really more comparable to a heavier, maltier ipa such as Two Hearted than to, say, 90 minute. In other words, it may be light for the dipa style, but it’s keeping good company. The aroma is wonderfully full of sweet citrus and morning air, with the sweet malty body and bitter finish brought into the sharpest relief that few ipas achieve. Really a nice beer, especially at the price ($10 for a six pack).
Petkus331 (368) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
There was a hop aroma in this beer, but very light. The flavor was very light of hops and hints of resin with a raisin aftertaste. I find it hard to call this an imperial IPA, it is just barely an IPA. The texture was a bit watery. A touch of bitterness with a sweet aftertaste. Appearance was of a clear pale yellow. This beer is too light for me. It wasn’t really bad, just really weak. I’d call it an IPA for people who don’t like IPA’s. I’d drink it if it was there, but i’m not going to go out of my way to get one, i’ll never buy this beer again. Did I get a weak batch????
wrbriggs (8) - Shelburne, Vermont, USA - SEP 22, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious almost-Imperial IPA. Great Cascade aroma up front, with a well balanced toasty malt on the palate, and a crisp finish, albeit with a slight taste of alcohol. This beer is 8%, and you can taste every bit of it.