arminjewell (8675) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 Bottle pour thanks to Aaron! Dark orange pour with off white head, aroma has notes of big caramel, toffee notes, hints of pine, grapefruit, candied lemon and biscuit. Taste is a nice note of biscuit and lemon, but pretty flat with notes of slight grapefruit and candied orange, finishing fairly bitter. Interesting, slight alcohol heat in the end.
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Clear dark red orange appearance with a light brown head. Somewhat resiny, sappy, piney, floral hoppy, a bit bready aroma. A bit grapefruity, soapy/floral hoppy, citrusy hoppy flavor with a warming, a bit boozy finish. Not bad.
blklab2007 (2099) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle dated 2/24/2012 through trade with Matty. pour has a red amber in color with a sturdy one finger off white head. aroma has big hops, lemony citrus, mild bitterness, and some malt to back it. mouth feel is medium and the carbonation low but enough. flavor brings on nice malt, medium sweetness, some bitterness, resins, light citrus, earthiness, and heat on the finish. this is a big bomb that has just as much a malt side as the hops. somewhat barleywine like and the heat hits big but this is a big beast. clocks get set forward an hour in the morning and this is not going to help loosing an hour of sleep.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost red with a thick head. The aroma is very strong and hopy. Flabour is bold and malty with. A strong bitter hop flavour. A nice brew but it almost drinks like a barley wine.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to my very good new friend in Minnesota. Pours deep ruby red, thick off-white head, fine lacing. Nose is tea-like, snappy earthy hops, profound red tea notes here, really grooving on the nose. Flavours of tart fruit, caramel, spice, tea, butterscotch, bittersweet red candies. Earthy finish. Quite nice. Perhaps the prettiest looking IIPA I’ve had in a long time.
Trev (2015) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pour is copper with a medium head.
aroma is nice caramel maltiness, fruity, floral hop.
Flavour is more of the same, 11% is very well blended and not noticable.
Bit of burnt sugar, caramel/toffee maltiness well balanced with a nice herbal/resinous hop bite. Well done Steel Toe.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep Ruby red with thick white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy as is the flavor. Very nice.
reggiedunlop (3473) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber/ruby color with a medium tan head...nice lacing and color. Fresh, floral aroma has earthy/spicy hops, tea notes, and subtle citrus...notable underlying toffee and butterscotch malt notes. Flavor is very bitter...a bit cloying...some spicy/earthy hops...mildly medicinal...very piney...toffee undertones. Mouthfeel is medium/full and the finish is dry, earthy, and bitter.
Bacterial (2284) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid double IPA from the fellows at Steel Toe. Very drinkable. Sweet and hoppy with a richness that lingers for a long time in your mouth. Maybe too sweet and sticky for some folks, but I really like these characteristics. Looking forward to trying more from these guys - especially the stuff aging in barrels in the back of their brewery!
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich, dark orange pour, lasting carbonation and a little head with a strong sweet hops. Flavor is strong juicy boozy hops, vanilla, oranges and very warming on the aftertaste. Super juicy and strong hop/booze bomb of a DIPA, but it was still extremely enjoyable!