KAME (160) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn, what a great brew! Bottle provided as an extra, thanks Ryan! Pours a very translucent orange amber with a thin, diminishing white head. Aroma rocks, and is a really nice blend of citrusy hops and ripe strawberries. Flavor is very hopcentric, with a nice underlying biscuit malt foundation. Alcohol is a bit more present in the taste, and it doesn’t take long until you start to "feel" it. Palate is a bit slick, with a slightly cloying finish, but the bitterness helps pull it off the tongue. This is a great brew, and a very nice introduction to Southern Tier.
Nate (3994) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draught at Penn Microbrewers Fest. Terrific aroma of fresh hops cones. Grassy and fresh with all the subtle oiliness and resin that tickles the nose. Awesome. Medium amber body, clear, with foamy white lacing head on top that stays even in the smaller sample glass. Medium oily body with smooth carbonation. Starts malty with nice level of sweetness. Biscuit and neutral fruits with a bit of brown sugar. Huge fruity hops, almost juicy. Grapefruit and resin. Nice sweet and smooth finish with fresh grassy resinous hops ending. Bitter but not harsh. This is a very nice IIPA on tap.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a delicious DIPA. very well balanced with a nice malt sweetness, but a hoppy bitterness that blends nicely. the hop flavors werent as piney as many other DIPAs ive had...these seemed more on the fruitier side...maybe a little grapefruit but not much. more tropical citrus if that makes any sense. hard to believe its 11% alcohol because its hidden so nicely
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a relatively clear orange wit ha medium white head. Big hop aroma, with a nice grpefruit citrus background. Quite powerful smelling. The taste is obviously much of the same. Monster hops and grapefruit dominate the palate. The alcohol is definitely noticeable throughout. Finish had a slight bitterness to it, but that was expected. Pretty well balanced with a nice slick palate. Good brew.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, wow, and more wow just hops galore with this one, slightly heavy mouthfeel due to immense amount of hops, nice and bitter, definitely feel the 11% immediately..you can taste the malt but the hops are very present, no surprises there... delicious.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body is a bright copper with a tinge of orange and it’s capped by a large off-white head that does some substantial lacing. Great aroma - tart tangerine, grapefruit, pine, grasses - and, oh yeah, some sweet caramel beneath it all. The flavor surprized me with its balance, having expected more of a hop bomb. The hoppy bitterness wins out in the end and well into the finish, but the malt remained a solid presence throughout. I honestly didn’t notice the strong ABV until the alcohol worked its way into my system. Quite nice.
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RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is ridiculous. Explosion of floral hops. Good mouthfeel and a smoothness to the acerbic hops.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amazing strong tropical fruity hops aroma with reddish golden color. Flavor is as expected: pleasantly sweet fruity hops with a touch of roasted malt. Finish is crisp but a bit bitter for my tastes. This is a respectable effort, although there are better IIPAs out there.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a medium-large foamy head. Aroma is a clean and strong presentation of floral-grassy hops with some pine. Taste is nice and hop-forward with some tart lemon-grapefruit essence. A bit of alcohol thrown in and just a hint of orange-sugarish malts. Nice DIPA, but this one could really do a better job of masking the alcohol. Nice brew.
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 nice amber ipa color, decnt white foamy head, very citrus with some peach on the nose, juicy hops with some caamel malts. Medium body