DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 Rating #2500!
I had hoped my trajectory would take me past one of these beers, preferably on draft. So how lucky that I happened to notice it was on tap at Maria’s, right along the way home from the IIT campus.
Draft IPA tulip, $6.
Smell is amazingly hoppy as one might expect mostly grass, with a little note of pine resin. Currently, the bartender has set a bottle of watermelon liqueur in front of me for mixing, and a patron next to me has been out dulling his senses with cigars. But yes, there’s some citrus in the grapefruit family, too. Color is on the lighter side of an IPA, more gold than amber. Taste is an expected smackdown of hops that helps blow the memory of the cigar guy out of my olfactory. Hop smell stays strong through the glass. They also keep a big bitter aftertaste on the top part of my tongue that amplifies the malts more than they probably are. That is, a lighter malt as befits its color, with little caramel roast to it, just a small stage for the hops to work their magic. The alcohol shows up, with a warning that I might set that aerosol flavor spray the bartender’s using on fire. Stays pretty bright in taste and texture. I;m still not feeling the octane internally, but it’s likely a good thing this is just a 12-ounce glass. Though the malts are light in color, they are definitely, um, making a statement. Any spills down the side of the glass get very sticky right away. A very complex hop bill sets this limited limited release aside from the others, and made me want to vote to make sure it comes back to Chicago on the next go-round.
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1400 19.12.2014. Bottle from Sherbrooke. Batch 26.12.2014. Pours a golden amber, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is citrusy, grapefruit hops predominant. Taste is extremely hoppy, lots of cool citrus notes - mild tropical, mild pine, mild orange zest. Extraordinarily balanced - the sweet, cookie dough malt met with doses of bitterness, and they all linger into the finish. Really awesome double IPA worthy of most of the hype.
bconch (326) - - NOV 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright, fresh citrus nose. Taste follows with complex hop character. You can taste the freshness. Balances nice with a crisp finish. Hides the abv very well.
Jared_Clifton (86) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hop flavor, not insanely intense but definitely there. Sweet citrus flavors. One of my top double ipas.
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citrusy but not too bitter. Somewhat typical IPA. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
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Hoprider (236) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10.31.15 - drunk in mid October.
Pours clear golden with a white fluffy head. Rich aroma of candy hops...? Some sweet spice. Interesting nose but really nice. Taste is moderately sweet with a full mouthfeel. Big malt body but solid hop amount to be balanced. Finishes semi bitter and very mouthcoting. Liked it lots.
florio2 (5) - - NOV 9, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was unexpected. Pours a clear gold fragrant brew with a creamy minimal head. Hints of citrus and a clear finish on the back of the palate.
Sigmund (5990) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone Enjoy By 10-31-15, on tap in Ernie´s Tin Bar, Petaluma, in October. An excellent double IPA, brimming with luscious and fresh hop aromas and flavours, intense but not too extreme.
Matipa74 (19) - SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml. 10.31.15............ ...............................................
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Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where and how: tasting b. 650 ml
Aroma pleasant approach with soft hoppy aromatic character. Malty behind, perhaps tad too sweet.
Top: large cap with visible lace on glass
Base: hazy, amber gold.<br
Palate : medium-full bodied. Milder carbonation. Mid longer finish.
Taste: as in aroma, nice solid dose of easy going hops blended with sweet malty base. Alcohol present but not vulgar.
other notes created to be nice easy going fresh Imperial IPA… It was that
varanid99 (763) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
31-10-15 Edition. Deep gold pour with a thick white head. Smells ridiculous - huge, resinous, mango, pine, citrus aroma with a bit of malt under it. Slightly sweet, big tropical fruit, malty, a slight bit of booziness, great bitterness of the finish.