NCD (11) - - SEP 7, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours faintly hazy burnt orange with a nice white head. Very citrusy and floral aroma with tons of hops. Taste is very enjoyable. Nice and bitter, but not too oily and under-balanced.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Mostly clear amber-orange with very thin white head and some lacing tendrils.
Aroma: Sweet and tart tropical and citrus fruits, including grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Also, some light pine and caramel.
Taste: Strong grapefruit and mango which leans more toward the tart side than sweet. Hop taste is further augmented by orange, pineapple, and pine. The caramel malts are minimal but have a slight mead-like quality. Ends just slightly bitter. Certainly flavorful, but a little too tropical to be the best of the best for me.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, oily and smooth body. Slightly dry throughout but not all that dry at the finish.
Overall: Very unique and flavorful DIPA that just barely misses the mark for me. Still very, very good overall.
callmemickey (3484) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Can poured into an oversized tulip glass
A: Beautiful pale amber body with a steady stream of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Large, creamy off-white head composed of billions of bubbles. Great retention and significant sticky lacing.
S: On first sniff this was very reminiscent of HopSlam with large blasts of grapefruit and a honey undercurrent. With each successive sniff I got more pineapple, mango and tropical fruits. A dense vegetative component also started to come out, not so much piney, but like trees in the fall.
T: Very hop forward with lots of grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Good floral/green characteristics too. Good malt presence to balance out the bitter assault. Caramel and some roasted malt. In the end this is anything but abrasive. It is simply delicious.
M: Medium-full bodied. This is a big, creamy, resinous dIPA. Nice bitter finish that lingers just enough to give you the full flavor profile.
O: A very enjoyable brew. Glad I was able to get a fresh four pack fairly quickly after the release.
BucannonXC5 (1032) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 Poured from a can into a pint. Color was amber/copperish. Probably a ¾-inch head with lots of good looking film that lasted throughout.
Powerful smell. Heavy on the hops. Seems to be some kind of citrus in there, maybe grapefruit? Pineapple? So good to the nose.
Strong alcohol taste, but not as much as I thought. Impressively smooth. Lots of flavors coming together from caramel/chocolate to either that slight citrus flavor. The smoothness trumps all.
Mid-to-high carbonation. I can’t mention smooth enough.
Just a terrific beer. If you see it somewhere, pounce on it.
shrubber85 (8717) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can (courtesy of Skyview). Sweet orange and pine/grapefruit peel hops aroma. Cloudy amber color with moderate off-white head. Sweet orange malt and moderately bitter pine and citrus peel flavor. Nicely blended. Excellent.
orangesol (960) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can poured into a dogfish pint.
A - Pours deep amber orange with a thick froth of two finger tall white head slowly dissipating down to light sheets of lacing down the entire glass.
S - Quite the hop bomb. Plenty of tropical fruit is mixed in well with the strong citric hops. Some bready yeast and sweet caramel malt help balance things out a bit. The closest example to sculpin I have seen.
T - wow. Tons of tropical fruits mix well with the citric hops up front giving way quickly to a creamy sweetness that lingers throughout the finish. The finish is quite dry after drinking the entire can. I really enjoyed the balance this one had. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Until then I will have to settle for a few more cans.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Quite the creamy feel with some lingering dryness long after the finish. I love the balance this one has.
D - Very High. I really enjoyed this one. The balance of hops, sweetness, and creamy feel is nearly flawless. Easily the best IPA I have ever had out of a can. I look forward to having this again in the future.
Cybercat (3863) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich aroma is quite hoppy with an overtone of citrus, about equal parts grapefruit and orange, and just a little bit sweet. It pours an attractive orange-amber with a very thick off-white head. Strongly hoppy flavor has an evergreen overtone, a fair amount of bitterness, and more than a hint of citrus with just a touch of fruity sweetness. Lively texture is fairly fizzy and leaves an edgy evergreen finish. How can anybody be abrasive after this one? Look for it, trade for it!
popery (1599) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. Wonderful aroma of pine, tropical fruit, tangerines and grapefruit hoppiness on a background of caramel malt. Pours a coppery color with a good off white head. Taste is nice and bitter but still quite drinkable. Very resinous flavor. Too dry to be called a hop syrup but it’s a hop party. Mouthfeel is round without getting cloying. Hop oiliness abounds. Great beer.
SudsMcDuff (6636) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
always happy to see a can of Surly .. . Pours a deep gold, great foam .. . pine, pine needled, pine sap and rascally citrus .. . a great beer, quite sticky .. . i’d seek this out again .. . An evil petting zoo?
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can... This beer rocks!… Clear amber/orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The fruity aroma consists mainly of pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit. Full-bodied and velvety with modest carbonation. The ultra-fruity flavor actually leans a bit sweet – bursting with juicy citrus and tropical fruits. Finishes fruity, nourishing and bittersweet. Maybe my can is less than fresh, but there is absolutely abrasive about this gem. World class beer packed up and shipped to me by StFun!