DrnkMcDermott (2835) - 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.
Mears (22) - - DEC 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cannot believe it is 9.5% so smooth..............................
......yum yum yum
Nik925 (763) - USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sticky palate wrecking goodness. Citrus, pine, and everything else that comes out when way too many hops are added. The hops even stick to your mouth and throat in a hoppy way, similar to the burn of booze. Maybe the malt could be a bit cleaner and the beer a bit further fermented (the sugar is still there fighting to be tasted under the hops). Well into unmeasured IBU land, SoCal still knows how to deliver a class A hopbomb.
slimspady (201) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.26.14. Tons of pine hops. A great balance with the malts. Not as hoppy as you would expect. Awesome.
lawman834 (231) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.26.14 Batch - Heavy on the pine. Floral. Citrus peel. Particularly dry for the style but also not of the charts with IBU. Fairly balanced.
darb85 (92) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good. Mild Hoppy nose. Smooth with an ever so slight malt bitter finish. Big fan
czar (4688) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(enjoy by 12.26.2014) pours hazy very light golden with a small white cap showing some retention and lacing. loads of melons, litchee, passionfruit, pumpkin meat, candied grapefruit peel and skin, pale doughy maltiness - honeyed and never sweet, peppery and never perfumey booze, clean yeast. light carbonation, medium body - oily, balanced spicy-tropical-citrusy finish. great modern ipa from hop pioneers. much enjoyed!
gramity (1462) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber into a pint glass, I really like this fresh hop stuff. Smells incredible and tastes so much better than most bottled IPA. Not to mention 9.4% which is also impressive.
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manuelMTL (164) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden with a thin but persisting head. The nose is sweet with mango and papaya aromas. The taste is smooth with lots of malt sweetness. The hoppy bitterness and high ABV builds up in the finish. Great DIPA with a fairly high ABV level!
jake65 (2729) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 12.26.14 batch. One of my most anticipated beers of 2014. Absolutely gorgeous pour; bright golden orange with a finger of creamy beige head. Tons of sticky lacing. Fresh and fruity scent; citrus, grapefruit, and tropical. Pungent. The taste is very much like the aroma, but with the addition of melon. Just a whisper of the abv. I had high hopes for this and it hits every mark... it’s huge and very very drinkable. Really damn good.
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green fresh hoppy notes with light sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by floral green hoppy notes with grassy notes and residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Glad to finally try this and it is indeed very enjoyable.