Christian (12569) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Cloudy orange with a lasting off-white head. Rich hop aroma, with pine, grapefruit, mango, peach, tobacco, perfume, and a hint of alcohol. Sweet malt flavour obviously balanced with a huge bitterness, and a pure hop flavour character. But I like my extreme IPAs to be less sweet.
Cask @ GBBF 2007. Cloudy orange with a small white head. Same aroma as bottled perhaps slightly less intense. Flatter flavour. Lower score, but this style shouldn’t really be made for cask serving.
bierkoning (12038) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dkachur, thanks Dan! Orange blonde color. Malt, pineapple, hopoil and grapefruit in the aroma. Malty sweetish at first, with immediately an oily hoppiness banging in. Grapefruit, pineapple. Oily hopbitter aftertaste. Well balanced, with soft and velvety notes. Quite pleasant and likeable.
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a foamy, retaining to rocky offwhite head with gold color. Aroma is sweet tangerine & grapefruit, bubblegum, malt. Taste is lots of dry, biting hops with back up malt, alcohol. Taste gets mellower as I progressed, or my mouth and tastebuds got mellower.
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Bottle @ Tasting at my place.
[thank you, after4ever]
Pours orange amber with a slight chill haze. Aroma is mild and fruity sweet with a good dose of hoppiness, but is really isn’t over-powering. Some caramel as well. Mouthfeel is extremely dry. Flavour is hop, hop, hops :o) Good backing from malts, but the hops are really at the fore here. Very, very dry, but also very one-sided. I’d prefer the 10th Annniversary Edition.
BeerandBlues2 (11831) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22-oz bottle. Pours copper with a frothy off-white head and excellent spotty lacing. Resinous floral hop with huge pine notes and background caramel malts. Fizzy and spicy hoppy moderately acidic dry pine flavor with alcohol notes but mostly covered by the hops. Medium bodied and warming dry and fizzy palate.
Scopey (11762) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Ginger Man Dallas. It pours hazy golden yellow with a thin foamy head. The nose is lots of citrus fruits, caramel, resin and pine. The taste is orange, lemon, mango, resin, monster hop bite, pine, bread, biscuit, leather and some astringency with a long bitter-dry finish. It’s surprisingly smooth and almost a bit too easy to drink!
Bov (11689) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
courtesy of Allen - hazy orange colour with a little white head; aroma of apricot and quinces; quite perfumy; full-bodied and very bitter, aggressive; dry and very bitter fruity finish - terribly one-dimensional and quite a deception considering the high score on ratebeer
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark golden with a medium sized head that doesn’t last long, but with decent lacing. Sweet, grassy aroma, with some hops. Taste is almost all hops with a sweet undertone. Hits all parts of the tongue equally. This is phenomenal.
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Bottled: One really wants to sing out loud and praise this magnificent brew. Kind of reminds me of the musical by Woody Allen "It's all about hops...". Is dark golden coloured with a medium lasting head. Hops and earth aromas. As soon as you start drinking, the hoppy bitterness hits you like a horse. The bitterness keeps on evolving on the palate, and leaves you with a pleasant feeling. This might not be the most complex beer I've ever tasted, but for sure I've never tasted anything as hoppy and bitter. Very good. As much as I really like this beer, I cannot rate it as high as the (IMHO) much more complex and harmonious belgian, dutch and british ales. Once again many thanks to herbjones for another top californian beer.
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Re-rate 3/7/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Dagan. Clear golden. Aroma of slightly stale hops with some citrus and floral notes. Bitter flavor with light sweetish graininess and some slightly stale hops. Medium-bodied. Past its prime but still OK. 7/3/6/3/13=3.2
Re-rate 2/22/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Lee. Clear deep golden. Aroma of slightly stale hops and some fruity notes. Very bitter hoppy flavor, a bit resinous, a bit grapefruity and a bit stale. Medium-bodied. Not bad, but past its prime. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2
Re-rate 10/29/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks to whoever brought this one. Hazy golden. Pleasant citric hoppy aroma. Flavor has a bit of sweet maltiness and a hoppy bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Decent but seems past its peak. 7/4/7/3/14=3.5
(10/23/08) Bottle drank at my hostel room in New York. Clear deep golden color with a medium stable white head. Aroma full of hops, resin, some pine needles, some flowery notes, cookies and some caramel. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, cookie dough and some fruity notes. Continues with a very bitter hoppy attack (but still remains quite balanced) with pine and some grapefruit and light alcoholic hints. A very pleasant DIPA. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8