DrnkMcDermott (2899) - 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.
Bkcaldwell (12) - - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Has a kick that satisfies. Very hoppy, golden Double IPA with a nice white head. Very enjoyable after a day of physical labor. Made for the 4th but enjoyable while it was with us.
77ships (5297) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Obtained in a trade with LouS. Thanks! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. BBF 07.04.15 - Enjoyed on 07.04.15. Golden, light orange, little white head. Nose is more mellow than expected, some oily sweetish caramel with dank, faint onion, pine resin & orange peel hops. Taste is oily grapefruit peel, touch raisin, faint diesel hops, pine resin, mild dank, orange, oily caramel malts, far more mellow than expected & very easy to drink,… Drinks like water. A great repeat drinking beer – not sure of the price-point. Malty but very easy to drink. It really didn’t taste 9.4 %. Very nice as a basic, mellow & very easy to drink offering.
RIVERA_HOU (14) - Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoy By 07.05.15 is up there with my favorite IPAs! I like the floral-sweet-strong hop tasting IPAs. I think I taste cascade hops which are my favorites. Hard to describe but cascades are coming through strongly for me.
Fashawn (412) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JUL 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finalmente riesco a mettere le mie mani su una birra che cercavo da tempo. Enjoy by 07/04/2015, e ce l’ho fatta in tempo. Fresca, bella da vedere, intensa. Scivola dalla bottiglia al bicchiere senza paura, oro antico con qualche riflesso ambrato. Schiuma bianca e persistente, abbondante inizialmente ma poi compatta. Non scompare fino a fine bevuta. limpidissima, appena la schiuma si compatta lascia emergere un bouquet di odori non da ridere. Anans sulle prime, intenso e fresco. Ma anche pino, scorza d’arancia, qualche vegetale ed un po’ di pesca. Buonissima l’intensità, forse si poteva essere un filo più puliti,ma è pura capziosità, un cavillo inutile. In bocca non si discosta molto dalla dolcezza pervenuta inizialmente al naso. C’è l’ananas, che lascia spazio ad un brevissimo intervallo di pane dolce. Il tempo di assestarsi e trovarsi un nuovo amaro, che è frutto di scorza di limone e d’arancia, leggeri sentori di pompelmo, che guidano ad un finale fatto di erba, di verde, un po’ di pino, nella maniera giusta, e l’arrivo della pesca che con un filo di dolcezza riequilibria l’ultima volta la giocata. Questo, forse, è l’aspetto più importante. In bocca nessun sapore eccede, sono tutti presenti e tutti giocano il loro ruolo. Perfetto, in equilibrio. Con il palato c’è un feeling estremo, poi. La birra è leggermente oleosa ma liscissima, nessuna pesantezza. Il finale è amaro ma secco, estremamente secco. Questo permette alla pesca di riemergere e di non avvertire quasi mai l’alcool che pure è abbastanza marcato. Una birra, insomma, sicuramente potente, fresca e decisamente buonissima.
Yorker (1549) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2015-07-04) 66 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear golden with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are pine, juicy tropical fruits, and caramel - with a smooth finish. Incredibly easy to drink and impressively balanced. Would have loved to have tried it fresher but didn’t get it until today.
ElManana (1085) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing 77ships. Danky, piny hops, bitter but not too much. Awesome.
hohops (502) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A special one for rating #500- Enjoy By 07.04.15. Appearance is light and golden, a little bit cloudy, an almost white bubbly head of about half a finger. Aroma- lots of it- tropical fruits, lemon, mango, orange, pine, grapefruit juice, an underlying sweet maltiness, hint of yeast, loads of hops. Taste- orange juice, pineapple, bitter orange peel, hop resins, tropical fruit juice, no hint of alcohol, there is a malty, caramel tinge in the background, less carbonation than expected. Oily mouthfeel, a very fruity, clingy finish. Outstanding.
BrewTom (430) - - JUL 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful light amber colour with a thick white head. Aroma is grass, lemon & lime. Thick mouthfeel for an IPA with balanced bitterness (not the hop bomb I was expecting). Some sweetness (crystal malts?) with light mango, grass & wood/earth taste. The taste disguises the strength. An exceptional IPA. Drunk on 3rd July 2015 (just in time!).
Rated by BrewTom
thb (748) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
07-04-15 edition enjoyed under the wire. Mostly clear bright orange with centimetre of vanilla coloured foam. First impression is tremendously aromatic, even through a head cold. Lots of resin, pine, grapefruit. Taste is big, to be sure, and very, very fruity. Bit of a boozy hit initially but it opens into a glorious citrus bomb. Remarkably little finish, oddly enough, but it keeps it from being too overpowering. If only all IPAs were this fresh!
McNeillR (1679) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brassy golden, visible carbonation and a decent white cap that fades fast. Nose is brassy grapefruit and grassy sweetness. Unturned bitterness throughout, crisp and decadent without being genericly limey. Shakes of melon and the fleshiness of papaya and guava. Rich, inviting carbonation and a twisted sherbert buzz on the mouthfeel. Incredible dusting of earnest hop sweetness throughout, solid dry hopping ploofs towards the finish. Sweaty grapefruit linger with more of this intriguing lean sweetness.