corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden yellow color with bright golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic rings and spots of lacing left behind.
Uber fresh, dank oily hop aroma with lots of sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle graham cracker-y, biscuit malt. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and citrus peel with a slight grass presence in the nose.
On the lighter end of medium bodied with a bitter earthy pine hop blast up front that lingers throughout into a bitter yet sweet dry finish. Nicely balanced by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as by a slight malt backbone and subtle alcohol astringency. The citrus/tropical fruit presence is prominent with lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel. The malt backbone is faint but provides nice balance with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. The high ABV is decently masked but there is still a bit of alcohol, especially toward the finish.
mrjaxson (336) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really a delight. According to the label, there are 4 hop varieties and 3 malts lurking within this very smooth IPA. To my tastebuds, it is the malts that more than balance the hops to account for the unusual smoothness. Of course, the extra ingredients prop up the price, but I don’t mind paying when the results are this good.
SpringsLicker (3221) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tall, frothy, sticky head persists over this mostly clear medium gold brew.
Pine and citrus hop aroma.
The bitterness is dominant but well supported by a juicy malt foundation.
Not too thin not too heavy. Great body and mouth feel.
SHIG (3840) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brass Tap: Poured a golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus hops. Taste is a balanced hops and malts. Not a super hoppy for a double IPA.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber tinged straw body with about zilch for head. Rich floral nose. Moderate upfront sweetness characterized by light caramel and roasted grain. Floral hops that are light and crisp. Nice mellow pine, citrus, and lemongrass. Well hidden EtOH means no worries for the rest of your days . . . 900 . . . Hakuna Matata
Naka (714) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet pineapple citrus. The flavor is a nice deep hop tea flavor and a nice malty. Kind of resiny. Really solid. Nice bitter finish.
Davros (2191) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours crystal clear amber with a large lasting head and nice lacing.
Nose shows lots of resin and pine along with a load of crystal malt and some cookie-dough character.
Flavours are completely dominated by grass and resinous, piny hops. A full on assault of pine really. Not much noticeable malt, the alcohol provides a kick though.
Body seems a bit weak.
Not much complexity, just solid pine, but nice nonetheless.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled. Clear golden ale, crystal & crisp. Aromas of resinous hop buds. Taste is sweet then harsh, but always bitter. Muscadine sweet? Great looking IPA.
mrmartin (738) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear and golden with small white head. Grassy earthy nose Active carbonation. Candy malt sweetness. Lingering citrus finish.
Good but not mind blowing for me.
harrisoni (14626) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at White Horse Parsons Green post GBBF. Rather a decent IPA, if a tad over carbonated. Gold colour. Lots of PNW hops on aroma. Bit harsh, burnt toast. Not as impressive in the mouth as on the nose.