glennmastrange (2606) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted and caramel, moderate to heavy pine and grapefruit for the hops, light soap for the yeast with notes of black pepper and lemon grass. Head is small, frothy/fizzy white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then the long finish is moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Bright and lively smelling hops backed up with a perfect malt presence, and a superb mouth feel. Even the subsequent burps tasted good.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium golden pour with a pretty nice size fluffy white head and a fair amount of lacing. Very nice aroma. Lots of citrus, lemon, orange. Grass, pine hops. A bit of sweetness to it. Much sweeter than I would have anticipated from the aroma. Strong malt backbone, but plenty of hop power to back it up. Finishes with a bitterness that tickles the tongue. Gets more bitter as you get deeper into the glass. Average carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well. Not my favorite DIPA, but certainly very drinkable.
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with fair, fizzy, white head / Bright nose of fresh cut pine, citrus, and bubblegum / Medium body, fat with soft carbonation, some sweetness and malty, but with good balance and finish / Flavors of cut pine, bubblegum, orange, and grapefruit / A little heavier in the body that I would like, but still well done.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle.Pours a hazy yellow with a pillowy white head.Nose is citrus and floral hops.Taste is swwet and ultra smooth with a chalky and spicy bite on the finish.Really nice 2xIPA for the $$$$$.One to keep around the house for sure.
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brass Tap. Pours a clear copper amber color with a white head. Tons of grapefruit and citrus in the hopped up aroma. The taste has some very nice bitterness to it but not over the top. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden at 8.2%.
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, pale malts and notes of grapefruit. Flavor was very refeshing and nicely balanced with pine, citrus, grapefruit, light caramel and had a touch of malty sweetness. A solid dipa
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours deep gold with copper hues and off white head. The aroma is sweet citrus and some spicy hops. Nice. The taste is pretty smooth with growing grapefruit, tangelo, orange peel and hop spiciness. It has a pleasing under current of sweet smooth malts creating a supporting mechanism for the hops. Seems like a solid IPA but a bit timid for a IIPA.
queenholly (3613) - 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 couldnít 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. Iím 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 donít understand why these sweet IPAs are so popular in USA. Makes no sense to me. I just donít 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 (3898) - 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 itís not quite and imperial IPA but itís over eight percent alcohol so I donít know what else it would be though, honestly, it really doesnít 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 thatís not necessarily a bad thing but, for me, Iíd rather my higher alcohol beers back up the alcohol w/ more flavor and this really doesnít. Iíd like this a lot more if I could drink it all night rather than stopping at one or two.