mrhopsbeertalk (103) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2014 I’ve tried several batches of this beer including 2/15/13 4/01/13 9/13/13 and 11/12/13. I’ve really liked them all, but find each distinct and unique in flavor and aroma. They say you never forget your first time... 2/15/13 happened waiting for a train in Philly. I remember thinking it was the best, or maybe second best beer I had ever tasted. The April batch was equally impressive. The last two seemed to show a departure from the previous broad hop flavor character. Of those batches I was not such an all out fan. I found the earlier batches to taste significantly bigger and better.
*** 4/20/14*** - this batch is underhopped in both aroma and flavor. additionally, they seem to have used falconer’s flight or sorachi ace in this batch creating a harsh lemon pith flavor. disappointing considering this WAS a perfect 10
***07-04-14*** - the disappointment continues. a solid and enjoyable earthy herbal aroma leads into another turn of harsh lemony hop flavor. what the hell happened to this beer???????????????????
***08-16-14*** - a dramatic improvement over the last few releases. the flavor is much more balanced with a pronounced earthy spice and much less lemon pith. still not what it once was, but far superior to the pith bombs of late
Criz (69) - - JUN 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into snifter out of bomber. 7-4-14 edition, golden in color with thin laying white head. This beer could be trouble, because it is insanely drinkable at 9.4%. Notes of fresh cut grass and grapefruit. Flavors of fresh hops, caramel, citrus, finished by a resinous note. Thin on the palate for a DIPA and doesn’t have the typical sweet finish. Awesome bitter hop profile. Session at your own risk.
Shinskyweiser (27) - - JUN 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange. Think white foam that lingers. Sweet orange, clementine, resinous candy hop aroma. Very fresh! Bitter, resinous grapefruit slams the palate and lingers. One of the best/extreme IPAs out there!
ARH (338) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber, poured into a Stone IPA stemmed glass. The aroma is initially a light citrus zest with a strong pine note and some bread touches. As it mellows out, a strong herbal marijuana note comes through with distinct tangerine and grapefruit citrus and some warm caramel notes. It pours a clear yellow - copper color with a frothy and rocky white head. A thick, fluffy ring is retained along with a near solid surface coverage. It leaves and above average amount of puffy, messy lace. The taste strikes an excellent balance between medium high bitter and sweet. The oily slick texture is accompanied by a soft, but lightly prickly, carbonation. The medium full body finishes with a juicy citrus a pine. Near the end of the bottle, the finish becomes more caramel in nature. It’s crisp and mostly clean. A dry pine and resin aftertaste stick around for a while with hints of bitter and sour citrus and some caramel.
vikingguy (797) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with medium foamy head and mega lacing. Not a big bouquet but tangy orangey citrus aroma. Taste - does taste fresh but didn't blow me away as I was hoping. Hops are a balance of floral, earthy, piney and tropical fruit. Has a resinous hop finish. All this bitterness is balanced atop a hefty caramel malt base. Real nice, only mildly dissappointed.
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Modularman (110) - - JUN 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smell of pine appearance is clear gold with fluffy white head, taste of pine with little lingering. You would never know this beer was over 9%
TXBadger (1265) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7.4.14 pours a clear golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, and grapefruit very present on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more grapefruit.
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Enjoy By 07-04-14] - piney, citrus, pine cone like. This has been the easiest batch to get my hands on. The 9.4% alcohol is hardly noticeable. This version seemed to be less spicey to me. Still my fav double IPA.
lownote (53) - USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brilliant gold with a thin white head from tap. Super well balanced happy beer. Its so stone but doesn’t punch me in the face.
desurfer (1211) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at WOB Viera. 07-04-14 batch. Bright gold body with a smattering of white foam. Aroma loaded with hops, as is the flavor. Pine, citrus, and overall extremely fresh, earthy, herbal hops all over. A fresh hop lover’s delight; awesome!