jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is awesome. I love citra hops. This is like drinking a cup of citrus juice. Its sweet yet extremely hoppy. Perfectly balanced. Tons of stuff going on. This is definitley one of my new favorites. Cant wait to try more surly.
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice. Pours copper, little head. Hops on the nose, lots of um’. Bitter, pine citrus balanced out by some sweet malt, nice. Finishes a tad sweet.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
16 oz can dated 2/7/2011.
AROMA: Hops! Some malt.
APPEARANCE: Copper color. Aggressive pour leads to some head that slowly dissipates.
TASTE: Poured from refrigerated can. Initial taste is hops! Nice and bitter with a slight malt backbone. Citrus tasting. I let this one warm up a bit. Good thing I did. As it warmed, additional tastes came out. Most notably, almost like an bitter orange taste The malt taste shined.
PALATE: Pretty darn bitter. Light bodied with a bitter finish.
OVERALL: Nothing new here, this is a great beer!
Goodgrief (1789) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy isht. This is really something! Orange amber pour...beautiful color...smallish head and decent lacing. Huge aroma...grapefruit and flowers. Thick, chewy mouthfeel is notable even before the huge flavor kicks in. Tropical fruity malt flavors with an immensely complex hop bill. Grapefruit, floral, pine, resin...it seems to have a bit of all of it. Very malty and sweet but loads of hop bitterness and a real tart citrus finish. This is really wow’ing.
mnurda (1129) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Canned sample from Blue Max Liquors Perfect colour, taste, carbonation, hops, citrus, etc... Would have given it a five but felt bad giving two in two weeks
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml can thanks to grub. Canned 12/27/10.
Appearance : Hazy amber small head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Awesome fruity notes with awesome malt and light honey. Great floral and piny notes too.
Taste : Very fruity and malty. Light floral notes. Finish is quite bitter but not very resinous. Quite fruity with light floral notes.
Overall : I know this is not so fresh anymore. Nose is still very nice. Great malt and great fruity and floral hops. The type of profile that I like. Maybe a bit weak on hops but that’s most likely because of the age. Taste is also very nice but a bit weak on the hops too. Alcohol is not so well hidden but again this is probably because of the hop’s weakness. Overall a very nice DIPA but probably only the shadow of what it can be. I’ll make sure to re-rate this.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark orange color with thin white head. The aroma is tons citrus and tropical fruit , caramel malts and fruit. Flavor-wise, the tropical fruits come through as well as a lot of citrus rind. The caramel sweetness is very balanced by the bitter hops. Excellent IIPA.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity cereals are a diving board for this Double IPA’s expressive oranges and resins, building a smashing pint of Americana.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the hazy amber.
-Malts also provide delicate caramel angles.
-Although this is intensely flavorful, it is not nearly as abrasive as many Double IPAs out there which are just a ton of hops thrown into a boring strong ale. This flavor profile is actually well thought out and the malts are as important as their aromatic counterparts.
-Alcohol is not a bother as it is smothered in hop bitterness (which doesn’t feel harsh, by the way).
-The mouthfeel is simply gorgeous; nourishing yet easygoing. Carbonation and residual sugars are perfectly balanced too.
arkurzynski (1519) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can from TheAlum. Deep amber-red in color. Aroma is pouring out of the can once opened. Full of pine and citrusy hops. Solid, thick caramel backbone, that is nonetheless dominated by a very complex, thick, sticky pine and citrus bitterness with great residual. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel and a whopping presence. Right on the money.
urge13 (17) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
From 16oz Can poured a beautiful orange amber, The smells are like a tropical fruit salad. Pineapple, mango and orange. All these tastes pop right out as well, a sweetness with balanced with floral hops. No to much burn from the 9%, just an amazing beer. Makes you want to live in Minnesota.