5000 (6300) - 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 (5347) - Brownstown, 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 (10538) - 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.
Rune (8827) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. Pour a fluffy white head, blanketing the glassware. Clear, well almost, golden body. Succulent aromatic with orange and lemony hops. Sweet orange fruits in flavour blended with mid-sweet malts and followed by grapefruit shells that gradually become more and more dry and bitter towards the ending. A pleasure to drink this one (at home, Tromsø, 30.10.2010).
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice golden pour with a small white head that doesn’t stick around and nice lacing. Citrus stands out on the smell for me. Obviously some hops, but I don’t pick up a lot of piney or earthy scents. Very smooth taste. The hops don’t seem to have that "punch you in the face" effect I’ve become so familiar with. A lot of citrus and more malts than I expected. Much more light and creamy on the palate than the smell or look would give away. Carbonation ties the drink together nicely.
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold,fast fading white head.Nose is citrus hop,sweet malt.Nice hop profile with a good malt backbone.Long strong hop finish. Good balance & complexity.
DuffMan (7343) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Map Room, Chicago. Very hazy golden, clingy white head. Beautiful tropical fruit and resin hop aroma. Flavour is very much hop-driven, grapefruit rind, conifer resin, nice bitter finish. Delicious.