TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clean orange/tan color, with a large foamy white head. The aroma is all hops. There is no scents present. And the feeling one gets is that these are strong hopps. The flavor is all hops, very hoppy nose, very hoppy finish. Very clean, while seemingly heavy, still easy to drink and very refreshing. The finish is not quick, and the aftertaste is highlighted by bitterness. Very ugood.
gallagwar (30) - USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If you like bitter beer, youíve come to the right place. Very strong. One bottle can kick the unseasoned beer drinker in the backside. A beer you MUST be in the mood for.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Double Dry Hopped Version in Growler. Pours light amber/straw with a nice medium white head. The aroma is rich and full of hops. The taste is bitter and potent, slightly tainted by the growler, they didnít clean it well enough. Tastes good nonetheless. Good DIPA but not great.
LearninBeer (486) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is hoppy. The head is off-white, fizzy with good lacing and mostly diminishing. The initial flavor is light bitter, finishing with a long moderate bitter. The body is light, the texture is a creamy/watery feel and the carbonation is lively. A real good IPA but not as good as I was expecting.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Pours clear darker amber medium white head. Aroma is intense with grapefruit you know itís gonna be bitter. Flavor is what it is a beer with a ton of hops, grapefruit all the way, nice chocolate and crystal malt touch but the bitterness level is just so damn high. The aftertaste is like you just took a bite out of a grapefruit it really does, but the bitterness really leaves an irony metallic sharp bite on your tongue, itís just not for me.
theReverend (3) - USA - JAN 14, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firstly, this beer looks to me like a lovely, appetizing glass of urine, or perhaps apple juice. Strong, fruity, fresh and clean nose.
The always charming missive on the bottle for this one talks up the ball-breakery of this beer, but when I drink it I just get smooth, fruity, fizz, yeast...and of course HOPS. I capitalize this because the brewery would want me to, and if I wanted to be in the good graces of a brewery it would be Stone. (Free beer?)
Iím sitting here drinking this beer with wheninhell, whose review I peeked at for half a second to catch the word "grapefruit", which immediately made me curse myself for not thinking of that. Itís very true, so thanks for that.
The aftertaste is like a wheaty, non-sweetened candy, if such a thing exists.
hops4thebest (11) - USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I canít figure out why people fuss about this beer. I like hops, and so the high IBUís are a plus for me. But to me the citrus, pine, grass, etc., etc., that others describe in this beer are not nearly present enough. This is a very good beer, sure, but compared to other top DIPAís I think this one has a notably one dimensional flavor.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Very bitter, but at the same time there is a lot of sweetness going on. Hops are the focus for sure, but all around, they didnít ignore the rest of the beer, which rounds this beer out to be a killer IPA. I just donít care for my mouth feeling like I have drank this 5 hours later.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark straw colour with an off white head, good lace work. Dark Banana cake on the nose and on the palate with blistering bitterness to follow, immensely unsubtle but I guess thatís what itís all about!
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big Bottle. Poured an orange amber with a small off-white head. Some lacing. A strong sweet grassy hops nose. Potently bitter with a sweet floral resiny hops. A good strong ipa with a nice lingering bitterness and full creamy body. Very nice, but not an ideal hop profile for my taste.