crowern (9) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 13, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I great tasting IPA that drinks very well for being 9%. easily one of my new favorites.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of SuperDave - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a good size off white head. Thick lacing. Aroma is floral, pine, and citrus hops with a bit of toasted malt . Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, esters, and floral and pine hops. No astringent aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium to full body. A very nice beer. Thanks Dave.
Strykzone (4913) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Hayduke! Clear copper colored beer with a thick off white head that has nice retention. Thick and sticky lacing is very uneven. A nice floral and citrus hop aroma. Flavor is as the aroma but with a big bitterness and a bigger citrus bite. Some nice caramel for a sweet offset to the hops. As well as the bite the hops also have a softness that is impressive. Warmer temperature brings out some sweeter citrus such as nectarine. Feel is medium and perhaps a little above that. This is a very tasty IIPA and one that is approaching world class.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Wasatch poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep hazy amber with a surprisingly big head that leaves insane amounts of lacing down the side and stays on as a rocky cap for the duration. I really liked the look of this one.
The aroma is bright and citrusy with a healthy dose of pine resin. Plenty of lemon zest, grapefruit and pine. The malts seem more biscuity in the nose.
The taste really threw me for a loop as I got a very different experience than the aroma. There was a ton of juicy sweet oranges and tangerines with less pine in the taste. The malts are much sweeter and more prominent than in the aroma. Overall, the taste was much sweeter and more balanced than the aroma suggested.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and thick with hop resin stickiness. The carbonation is full of small tiny bubbles that make the feel very creamy.
This is an excellent and very well-balanced DIPA. The hops are the star but the malts really make an impact in the taste. The alcohol is fairly noticeable and the heft of the body keep the drinkability limited a bit.
DuffMan (6673) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an orange amber, clear, with a big, lacy, gold-tinted head. Intensely resinous, grapefruity hop aroma. Oily hoppy body, juicy hops dominate, with the expected long bitter finish. This one struck the right balance for me, not too heavy or sticky, but still an immensely satisfying hop bomb.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, slight citrus, and caramel malt. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, slight alcohol, and slight resin. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Bitter hop finish. 9%ABV is well hidden though noticeable in the flavor. Why is this so highly rated???
BelgianBeerGal (3142) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the UT state liquor store in Cedar City. Pours a clear bronze colour with a medium off-white head and some foamy lacing. Pretty big aroma of spicey, fruity hops. Flavor is dominated by more hop resin and maybe a little thin on anything else. Just a little alcohol in the middle. Lingering bitterness but nothing harsh. Easy drinking overall.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the brewpub. Poured a deep amber-orange color with a 1/2 inch, creamy off-white head that receded to a layer and left some nice lacing. Aroma of bright citrus fruits (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), resin, pine, and some light caramel. Smooth, lightly bitter entry transitions into a moderately sweet citrus fruitiness paired with some hop resin and pine that eventually transitioned into a floral, bitter hoppiness with some light undertones of caramel that lingered throughout the finish and beyond. Moderate carbonation and slick mouth feel. Overall, a very nice, bright IIPA that was fresh and very enjoyable.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber orange color with a good two finger off white head. The nose is of citrus peel and pine. The taste starts with big citrus up front follow by toasty malts. The finish was boozy, wet and dry. The mouth is medium with moderate carbonation. This is a big beer. full of chewy hops it is a little on the boozy side. Dropping down the abv by 1% would help it out a lot for sure.
hayduke (3351) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a 12 oz bottle from my sister in Salt Lake City. Thanks! This poured a beautiful color, sort of a cross between red and orange, with a medium size and very creamy head with excellent lacing. The nose is a combination of caramel malts, ripe tropical fruit, citrus and floral hops and some spices. Medium body and a very smooth and slick mouthfeel. The flavor is dominated by the citrus and tropical fruit. The finish is long and bitter and you can detect the high alcohol content. A very nice DIPA and I am glad there are more of these in the box to share with friends and to keep me warm during these winter nights..