Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can courtesy of yourefragile. In-person "trades" happening all over DC yesterday.
Love the simple can with the sticker identifying the beer. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a dark copper with a slight dark-amber hue. Large white head that is quite fluffy with good retention and a night bit of lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout.
The nose carries some light amber malt with some pine and citrus. Some cider notes in the background. Flavor is fairly malty with some pine and citrus hops, plus a touch of alcohol through the finish. Moderate bitterness and somewhat chewy.
A bit too malty and without enough hop aroma or flavor for my taste, though the underlying malt body is nice in that itís not overly sweet, but instead creates a bready, chewy sensation. Just not my cup of tea.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, Josh! Pretty dank, dark orange, malty and sweet, with floral hops and not quite enough bitters. I sense that this would be righteously better fresh tapped but as is it was a solid, enjoyable DIPA.
burg326 (2715) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint can that poured a light golden orangge with a thick offwhite head that cold of used a sundial to time the head to dissipate. Aromas of sticky dank hops, grapefruit, and resin. Flavors are the same, enjoyable DIPA, and refreshing.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium sized off white head with good retention and lace. Clear, amber/copper colored brew. Nice citrusy nose, grapefruit, lil resiny, earthy and inviting. Body is med/full, bit chewy, somewhat abrasive carbonation thats cool, juicy on the palate. nice hop flavors of, grapefruit, pine, light melon notes with more earthy and some dank notes as well, juicy citrus and faint pale malts that are fairly dry. Finishes well, dry, bitter and wanting another. Props to GMCC2181 for sharing this lovely critter. Thanks Gabe!
adamjackson (1747) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Acquired this beer in a trade 2 weeks ago. Stored it in the fridge, poured into a pint glass and enjoyed it out by the river.
A - They were not joking when saying on the can, "A pint in every can." The pour filled my pint glass even on a very slow pour and fell right over the edges. Impressive. 1-Finger head full of only tight creamy bubbles, slightly off white almost like vanilla ice cream. The beer is an SRM of 2.5. Very deep and gorgeous dark golden color border lining on orange.
S - The main reason Iím not a fan of pint glasses is that itís very hard to get a scent.Iím getting very minimal hops. Mostly sugars and caramel. Almost like sniffing a babe ruth bar if you could imagine that.
T - THIS is a very tasty beer. Wow! Candy corns, caramel, mild hops on the back of the tongue, maple sugar sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Itís a beer that, if solid, woud melt in your mouth. It covers every section and owns it.
M - 90/10 carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium bodied, lingering brown sugar and caramel taste. Mild booziness linger and a slight hint of hops on the finish.
O - This beer is so damn drinkable. Itís not a very easy beer to find. if you see it, grab a couple of cans. Iím regretting only having one of these to drink.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark orange with a thin dense white head.
Aroma: Brown sugary malt, candied orange, pine needles.
Taste: Spicy and sweet malt, citrusy and earthy hops. Finishes earthy and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Rough texture, medium bodied.
Overall: A very malt forward Imperial IPA. Wasnít my favorite from Sun King, but still solid.
pushkinwow (1555) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml can from emelius. Was excited to try this before I even realized it was a batch anniversary beer :) Clear dark amber with a generous slightly tan head that leaves a nice trail down the glass as it settles. Nice fresh hop aroma - neither citrus nor pine are dominant but a nice blend, light caramel, some malt. Moderate to high carbonation, good body, smooth, pleasant bitterness and citrusy, light, bitterness becomes a bit astringent on the finish along with more pine, and some lemon. Tasty.
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from StFun... Nice pour, bright golden orange color with a good head. I like the nose on this, lots of tropical fruits. Taste is a juicey DIPA.. Lots of tropical fruits, mango, hoppy but not bitter. Well balanced, easy to drink. Not sticky or sweet , just a nice brew. Medium body and carbonation. Overall: Easy drinker, well done SunKing. Thanks Josh!
wnoble (1087) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the can. Clear amber with a lasting thick frothy off white head. Nose is very herbal, piney, dark roasted caramels, toasted malts and fruity and did I say herbal hops. Flavor is again herbal and caramel malts but also lends some more fruity citrus in the hops and complex caramel malts. Full body and sweet but finishes fairly dry. Moderately bitter. A good drinking beer but too heavy and lacks the intense fruit, citrus, and dank hops that many of the big boys bring to the table. I expect a lot more from a brewery that wins golds. Try again.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz can into a pint glass. 046 stamped on the underside of the can.
A - Very dark amber body. 3 finger high fluffy off white head dies down to a thin cap with some messy edging.
S - Very sweet malts and grapefruit. There is some dankiness hidden way in the finish. Similar to the onion aroma found in Founders Devil Dancer, but much less pronounced. Piney and earthy. Alcoholic warmth is noticeable.
T - Sweet caramel malts and danky/piney hops. A bit of grapefruit citrus. Heavy and robust for an IIPA. Finish is bitter and long. Medium mouth feel with some creaminess to it.
O - An exceptional DIPA that is very heavy on the sweetness. Lots of nice complexities happening with a solid caramel malt backbone. This is a really well made beer that Iím sure is phenomenal when fresher.