pivnizub (8358) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (mit größtem Dank an Grima!): Golden, hazy, bigger stable off-white head; solid grapefruity-piney nose with a light pale-malty background; solid bitter-sweet flavour, almost full bodied; slightly vinous, but mainly dry bitter-sweet finish with lingering hops. Impressive stuff......
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy golden/yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus, some floralness, and earthy. Tastes of citrus, pineapples, caramel, lighter earthiness, and a little spicy.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is intensely aromatic. Bright and fruity with a heavy musky spiciness. Soft orange peel and orange marmalade. Herbal and resiny bitterness with a lot of chewy fresh herbal character. It’s quite British tasting but with even more of that herbal/spicy character. Long lingering bitterness. The nice malt character that I typically associate with British beer isn’t quite here, but the product is very unique and tasty product.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Apricot colored pour. Aroma is all grapefruit and orange peel. Flavor is bitter and delicious. Grapefruit and sour orange peels. Awesome!
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium golden with white topping head. Understated aromas of the hops, the yeast. Mouthfeel a tad above average. A decent not over-the-top bitterness. Will try this again.
Bottle from Swoop Jones newly obtained case.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 2010 bottle. Pours with a nearly clear pale straw colored body with a medium to large white head. Great lace! Aroma is grassy, earthy, peppery, bready with notes of melon and ripening fruit. A touch salty. Taste is fruity, very dry, grassy and bitter finish. Some orchard fruit mid palate. Long duration. Lots of straw and grain astringency in the finish. Definitely a unique IIPA. Very dry, lovely mouthfeel. I was looking forward to this one, and it is well done, but I am not loving the hop bill and there is a pronounced tannic bitterness imparted by the malt (at least that’s what my taste buds leave me to believe). It is not my favorite sadly.
adnielsen (7557) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a hazy, golden orange appearance with two finger orange/cream colored head. Slightly juniper-like and quite citrus-like hop aroma with some underlying pale malts. Slightly piney hop flavor that’s quite citrusy with an exceptional orange flavor along with a pale malty body. Somewhat bitter, piney hop finish. Exceptional citrusy DIPA.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Small dense, just off-white head over hazy orange-yellow beer. Ureum!! Dry, ureum-rich (indeed, British) hops. Strawy, hay. Ureum seems to be volatile, less obvious after a moment, but it is really adaptation: leave the glass for a couple of minutes, and the smell returns in force. Dry bitter, other grains hints, even drier finish. Medium bodied, very slick, hopoils. Aftertaste shows the alcohol and... liquorice? Ureum is just too present to be really great. I fear that the American idea of "more is better" just doesn’t work for British hops, some of which indeed have this enormous amount of ureum-like components.
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
draft. cloudy golden wheat body, small bubbled white head. musty cheese and BO nose, honey-tinged, green, raw and vegetal (onion, garlic, canned tomato sauce). similar flavor: musty, cheesy, stinky, almost putrid, with garlic, butter and onion thrown in for good measure. surprisingly soft texture, low sweetness, high bitterness, medium-high acid. but.... disgusting.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Peppery, spicy hops proliferate atop and within this Double IPA’s lightly toasted cereals, before expanding into a vivacious bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam laces around the hazy pale blonde.
-Alcohol is present, but mostly hidden by the lengthy hop bitterness.
-Hops also develop coniferous angles, which I admit I haven’t gotten often from UK grown hops.
-Malts also offered some honeyed character, mostly supporting the hop display.