Thewade (310) - USA - JUN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Taphouse Grill in Seattle. Love the "brutal" amount of hops, and this DIPA really satisfies.
Darkmagus82 (479) - - JUN 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-1-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours an orange-yellow color with a big white head and a nice haziness. The head fades moderately fast and leaves a lighter amount of lacing.
Smell – Citrus hops are the heaviest with a little bit of sweeter orange and bread aroma as well. These two are the dominant aromas, but there is a lighter pine and floral hop mixed into the nose as well.
Taste –For a brew that is touted by the brewers to “have ruinous effects on the palate”, due to the bitterness, I found this brew to have transitions in the taste are very smooth and quite wonderful. A sweeter malty base is the first to meet the tongue; it is of bread and caramel. A sweeter fruit taste then comes in as a good dose of citrus hop comes on the scene. The citrus sweet is mainly orange and the hop is of grapefruit nature. The citrus hop flavor intensifies as the taste advances further and some lighter pine hop flavors become evident. These hops take the taste to the end. The pine dissipates a bit though and a lemon and grapefruit hop flavor are left on the; leaves a souring bitterness on the tongue which is actually is quite nice.
Mouthfeel – The body is a bit on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation. The body matches the taste transitions quite nicely-both very smooth. The creaminess also is great for the flavors and really lets them sit on the tongue. Very nice.
Overall – Smooth. That is the best way to characterize the beer. Even with its potent IBU content it has some nice transitions and is very drinkable.
UXO (129) - CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a DFH IPA glass, a slightly hazy bright orange with two fingers of frothy off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and heavy, chunky lacing. Nose is emphatically hoppy, pine resin and grapefruity citrus, but fruit and malt lurk in the background. Taste starts out with sweet malt rapidly giving way to pine and grapefruit, grassy and earthy. Mouth feel is medium to heavy, slick and chewy, with an intensely bitter finish.
Damn, that’s good! It really is a palate wrecker, but there’s a tiny bit of bluntness to the flavour. Truth is, I’m halfway convinced there’s some hop degradation there. I want to try a fresher bottle in order to see if the hops are sharper, but it’s pretty damn great as it stands.
Koskela (273) - Marysville, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice hoppy aroma almost citrusy with a light malt in the backround. A strong hoppy taste with a bit of the bitterness followed by the maltiness to offset the bitter and hop. The aftertaste is a nice bitter with the malt trying to break thru.
MayumiH (51) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesomely hopped. I LOVE this beer. Obviously im trying to drink as many different ones as possible but I’d like this one to be regular in my fridge all the time.
cafgen (121) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange color with a one finger head. Slight carbonation. Aroma is pine, citrus and just a hint of sweetness. Taste is pine and grapefruit. A great tasting beer with a nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
melush (517) - SPAIN - JUN 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Botella de 35,5 cl, adquirida en Tanakaya Liquor Store en Tokyo, Japon. Cor dorado. Sabor a lupulo, citrico, ligeramente amargo, muy ligeramente dulce. Una gran IPA.
FestDecBeet (98) - - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Look: pours a light orange color. Extremely clear. Small head that doesn't hang around long. Head is bright white
Smell: extreme dank smell. Very sweet smell. Slight alcohol smell. Grapefruit. Smell cat pee.
Taste: skunk smell. Slight peppery feel. Definite bitterness to it. Slight line notes to it. Cat pee in a good way.
Feel: good carbonation. Leaves a film in your mouth. Definitely a dry beer.
Overall: bitterness and dryness make you want to go back for another drink. Good go to beer for the summer.
First drank: home June 2, 2014
Roser (20) - Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance- ivory white foamy head that lasts for a good bit. Decent lacing left behind. Semi clear/semi cloudy golden hue.
Smell- sweet notes of honey with a floral touch. A little light citrus tinge.
Taste- loads of piney hops, citrus, and a bitter resin finish.
Mouthfeel- very full,very bitter, very spicey. Big, big bite!
Overall- an excellent brew! One of my favorites. Definitely not an entry level IPA, so anyone drinking it (or reading/reviewing it) likely isn’t a craft beer rookie. I enjoy it as much as some of the other top notch releases that are limited/seasonal, so love that it’s a year round offering.
radarsock (885) - Vermont, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 mL bottle supplied by my step-dad last night. I appreciate it; thanks. Consumed as I attentively watched Boston Legal while a Maine coon loudly purred on my lap. To oversized snifter, it pours a bright amber orange with which a white-ringed head 1 finger in length stood. Aromas of juniper berries, rosemary tips, lime meat, sweat, Bible paper, endive seeds, grinded garlic, and russet potatoes. Tastes the same with the addition of saké lees, cardboard, hop pellets, sourdough, green olives, and Red Star yeast flakes. A delicate kiss of smoke, candle wax, spent grain, and rutabaga experienced by swallow. Mmm, mmm, mmm.