koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Much darker than I was expecting, an autumn burnt orange or pumpkin if you would. A nice full finger of white foam that doesnít retain for long but leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell: A very nice mixture of sweet malt and citrusy simcoe hops jumps out.
Taste: Iím liking this DIPA as it shows no astringency but still manages to satisfy my hop desires. It also reaches an enjoyable melding of sweet malt and hop bitterness. Unlike other DIPAís that tend to be one dimensional or tend to have 2 strong separate tastes (sweet malt vs bitter hops) this DIPA has one nice blended flavor that gives both sweet malt and bitter hops. The balance really works.
Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied and not as sticky as most DIPAís.
Drinkability: This fine blend makes for easy drinking. The sweet malt isnít overly sweet. The hops arenít overly bitter.
I really enjoyed this DIPA and would love to come back to it again in the future.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-14-2008
vtafro (6678) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitrogen Draft. Orange pour with some white head. Although its nitro it could have used a little more "carbon"ationation. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops. Flavor is dominated by pine resins.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
Right out of the gate I will say this bottle had some age on it so take this rating for what itís worth. It pours a deep amber color with a frothy, off-white head. The nose is very mild with a touch of soap and florals. The flavor has light chocolate notes, a bit of earth, and a mild floral bitterness. The hops have subsided to reveal a nice malt character. A mild fruitiness emerges as the beer warms. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a medium, slightly fruity finish. The finish is kind of odd. You can tell this brew was something else before this incarnation. I am sure it is better fresh, but even now it is not half bad!
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unfortunately this isnít one of the better double IPAs out there. I kind of knew it wasnít going to be all that great once I took a sniff of the beer. The Conductor featured too malty of a nose. Iíve smelled this same aroma before, and it reminded me of other IPAs in the past that disappointed. And this one followed suit. The flavors arenít quite hoppy enough and feature a bit too much bready maltiness. I think the sweet/sour notes of the malt overpowered the hoppiness. The finish was a bit too overpoweringly malty as well. The beer looks great, though, with a nice light amber color, generous off-white head that left a beautiful lace around the glass. But the maltiness was way too much for me to enjoy.
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Amber with a smallish head. An explosion of hoppiness: citrus, grass, raisins. any malty sweetness is balanced by solid bitterness. Noticeable alcohol. Very good.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber Hazy light copper in color with a short head that settles quickly leaving a light layer of foam. Some citrus, grapefruit, faint floral notes. Simcoe hops stand out. Syrupy palate, medium bodied. Sweet and bitter flavors. Fruity peaches, nectarines and grapefruit yet not any tartness. Low acidity. Overall a very nice ale. Let it warm up first.
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle to a snfter glass. Poured dark orange-redish in color. Smell faint hops and maybe alittle of grandmas house. I felt that the taste was very standard as far as imperial DIPAS, grapefurit woody in taste hop tingles on your tongue. I would buy again, but donít go out of your way.
drjay44 (3408) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thin tiny bubbled short lived head, with some lacing, over a hazy dark gold (SRM 6-7) body.......nose is heavy with pine, resin, pineapple, light citrus.....taste initially is sweet malts with caramel, later sharp bitterness, with pineapple and resin notes, finishing with licorice and a bitterness that lingers....mouth feel is thick and chewy, tiny bubbled carbonation gives a flavor explosion. Another of the myriad of well done DIPAís. BJCP 8/2/16/4/7
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is a cloudy, dark amber with a half inch of sudsy white head. Nose is floral, hops, pine, malt, and oranges. Taste hops, caramel, oranges, and malt. I wasnít sure what to expect, but this is not bad at all. This DPIA favors more malt than hops, though both are very obvious, so it is a great introduction to the style for people whom are not hop heads.
ononews9 (52) - Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
as i am not a fan of very hoppy beer, this beer does not rank high on my list. aroma is pleasent, but the beer itself is quite bitter.