GT2 (9312) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 10/2/2008: 330 mL from the Bottle Shop in Carrboro, NC. This is the next level of IPA. Everything you would expect in a superior IPA: citrus overtones, hops demolition, creamy, cloudy yellow pour, massively thick head, floral notes, grapefruit. But take one good first sip and you’ll realize this is a new dimension. You have the normal intense IPA feel like Dogfish Head 60, and then before it is over you are warped to the next level. There is an onslaught of bitterness and hops that is hilariously overpowering. Maybe some pine resin in there like the Arrogant Bastard Ale. The aftertaste is entirely off-balance. But hey, who needs barley anyways?
8/17/2009: Aroma is less amazing than I remember: lacks the honey sweetness and fresh citrus of say Port Hop-15, Ballast Point Dorado, Bells Hopslam. Has some caramel sweetness and nutty bitterness. It is definitely still a hop-bomb though. Taste is more herbal hops and raw hops than grapefruity, fresh hops. I guess it’s all about personal preference.
crossovert (9190) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle has a nice biography of the beer and some nice artwork, says 100+ IBU’s, oh boy, here we go.
Poured from a bomber into an oversize wine glass. Nice darkish amber color, its a really clear brew, not many bubbles.
Scent of piney, citrusey hops, the smell is all about the hops, its rather refreshing too.
"The moment after the first swallow, all other food and drink items become substantially more bland than they were just seconds before." Not really but thsi brew has a great taste, the bitterness is up there but beyond it its hop bliss. Not alot of malt here. Just sucking on that bottle with a little beer in the bottom gives you the full hop flavor.
This stuff goes down like candy water though, i think i could easily down a 6pack of bombers. Overall not the beas DIPA but a highly, highly worthy one.
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2009 1. Cask Stillage at the GBBF Bar Sans Frontiers Earl’s Court, London 08/08/2007
Very fruity hoppy aroma. Golden coloured strong in alcohol very hoppy and fruity with a pine taste. Crisp and dry bitter finish.
2. On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 10/10/2007
Very hoppy aroma. White head. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and very hoppy with a fruity and bitter lasting finish.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 I tasted this alongside their regular IPA and to be fair I really can’t see a great deal of difference between the brews. Similar orange coloured beer with a white head. Aroma shows pine, grapefruit, other citrus, caramel and cookie dough malts. A bit more bitterness than the IPA but not as much as I expected. Some alcohol starts to sneak in at the end of this one. Less balanced than the IPA.
Scopey (9000) - 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!
shrubber85 (8998) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Bottle. Pineapple orange aroma primarily. Amber with small head. Sweet pineapple juice flavor initiallly that is quickly overwhelmed by piney hops flavor. Sweet, fruity and hoppy
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden brown with a big off-white head. Aromas are fairly light malts with earthy dry pine and petrol fume-like alcohol vapours. Flavours are fruity with caramel. Very prickly hops, dry, bitter and mouth numbing in its alcohol. Too strong to drink too many for sure. Almost overbearing.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 Bottle - GBBF 2005. A golden coloured beer which pours with a floaty white head. The aroma was good piney hops but not the extreme grapefruit character I’m looking for. The taste and the body are good with nice chewy sticky hops. Slightly on the sweet side. Nowhere near as hoppy as I expected, think it needed chilling a bit more, but a really good (just not outstanding) beer. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 4.1 Average becomes 3.9
gnoff (8740) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 First rating
Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg. On December 20, 2008.
Cloudy orange color, white head. Hoppy citrus scent. Bitter hoppy citrus taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Clear golden color, white head. Sweet, hoppy, grassy scent. Sweet, malty, herbal taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at 3 Små Rum, Göteborg, on February 3, 2015.
Clear golden color, yellow head. Fruity, some pineapple juice, hoppy, herbal scent. Herbal, bitter, pith taste. Pith aftertaste. High to very high bitterness. Medium mouthfeel that feels fresh.
arminjewell (8618) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An extremely hoppy/bitter double IPA, and with such a high IBU with a small ABV the bitterness is high. Only for the hop lovers, it smells of rich california hops with a floral and citrusy aroma. Flavor is very complex and deeply bitter, but not as overbearing as advertised. Would like a more balanced finish, but my hop crazy palate loves it and can’t get enough.