biirusaikou (614) - - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Killer Californian hop bomb. A machine-gun of citrus hops to the mouth. Indeed a total palate ruination, dry and brutal, not sure it is worth drinking anything past that one...
arnold931 (524) - Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours light amber with small white head. Nose is mostly earthy and floral hops. Some nice caramel in the taste. Great DIPA.
RRistow12 (240) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with white head. Aroma is tropical and citrus fruits with pine. Grapefruit, orange peel prominent. Taste is definitely bitter. They weren't lying on the description (which Stone always does an impeccable job). More pine on the taste but still flavors of grapefruit and orange peel, papaya. Just a hint of malt present as a backbone. Definitely a top tier IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Daniel719 (131) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft a wob. Comes out a light golden color. Smell is all hops. Taste is more of the same. Very good. Pretty much everything you want in a nice DIPA.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
hockeybeerguy (1945) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter and a tulip. There wasn’t any difference between the two glasses.
The appearance had a semi - dark orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing stuck nicely to the glass.
The smell had a super sharp pungent bitter piney and citrus hops overpowering my nose.
The taste had a great bitter pine and citrus hops pummeling my taste buds into submission.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body that wasn’t exactly as sessionable as I had hoped it would be as the bitterness just takes over.
Overall, I realize with this one, though I’ve had this several times in my life, I really think a good two months of age works wonders for this beer. It’s just too bitter and unbalanced when it’s only 6 days old.
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Floral notes, pine, and lots of citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more pine.
mR_fr0g (2921) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the Brewdog AGM 2014. Aroma is really dank, orange peel, resin. Golden / orange coloured pour with a lasting sticky off white head. Flavour is huge piney / grapefruit dank hops. Really big in your face clean grapefruit bitterness. Palate is nice sticky resin, superdry finish. Benchmark double IPA.
Unde (350) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear bright orange looks, smallish head but still leaves pretty nice lacing. Aroma has sweet tropical fruits, lemon and quite surprisingly a lot of caramel malts. Taste has lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruits and some pine in the end. Creamy body and medium carbonation. Brilliant IPA from Stone again, quality in every beer they brew.
Thewade (311) - 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 (964) - - 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.