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 (8328) - 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 (1675) - 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.
kbutler1 (1374) - North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. I remember having 16 Grit from a growler before but unfortunately I didn’t rate it so this will have to do. Canned on 3/09/11 and sampled on 4/6/11. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a darker, slightly haze, honey apricot color with a nice, full, sticky light tan head that coats the glass with lace as it settles. Pungent, musky aroma of hops in the nose of the citris variety; with mainly orange and grapefruit undertones. Medium/hevy mouthfeel. At first sip I was wondering where the hop bitterness was but then BAM! it hits you towards the middle/end like a freight train. Well balanced though with a sweet malty feel in the beginning. Bitterness lingers on but not in an unpleasant way. Does it really get better than this?
ekoerper (592) - Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to mtjoseph on this one! The hops come floating over to your nose immediately upon opening the can. Intense hop aromas, super fruity with mango, grapefruit, pineapple, jumping out of the glass. Slightly grassy, probably from a huge dry hop addition. Some pine/resin aroma as well. Appearance: golden-amber with a very faint haze; thick, rocky head with great retention and lots of lacing. After 10 minutes, there’s still a huge hunk of foam in the glass. Flavor has multiple layers of hops; fruity, citrus flavors come in first, lots of grapefruit. Bitterness is fairly high, coming in mid-taste and lingering for quite a while. Some cereal flavors and malt sweetness, but malt character takes a back seat to the hops. Palate: medium+ body, medium carbonation, somewhat sweet, a bit slick on the tongue. Great DIPA.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh can courtesy of Tyloanderso: LOVE this one. Pours amber with a nice tight cream colored head. Probably one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever come across, I just couldn’t stop smelling it. Even called my wife over just to sniff it. Resinous pine and grapefruit with a bit of sweet pineapple. Nicely bitter with a warm malt presence that is far from abrasive. Outstanding beer.
peteinSD (1418) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Freshie can from Dave - thanks! Pours a translucent copper brown with a thinnish off-white head. Aroma is fresh bitter hops, light resinous pine, and touches of citrus. Aroma is predominately on the bitter side of the IIPA spectrum and there are not bright or floral hops notes. Taste is bitter hops up front, light grainy notes in the middle, and some sweet malt/alcohol through the finish. Feels thin in the mouth but leaves a bit of sticky malt in your mouth after each sip. If you prefer your IIPAs on the bitter/malty side, this is your beer.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint can (thank you mnbearsfan!) into a Duvel Snifter.
Pours cloudy orange/amber with a smallish, white head which dissipated into a coating or less. There is some light lacing all the way through. Nose is grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest and mango, with pine and floral notes. As others have said, the nose of this beer never quits. The taste is grapefruit, some sweet caramel malt, brown sugar and honey . The finish is dry and mildly bitter, but refreshingly so. Warning, wow, there is no sense of the ABV on the way down. Mouthfeel is medium to light with a wonderful crispness, medium carbonation, and only slightly sticky. For those who still think great things can’t come in a can, I offer this as definitive evidence. All-in-all, this is a great DIPA and one i would love to have regular access to.
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Andy’s Liquor in Rochester, MN. The beer is a copper-orange color with a medium fluffy white head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and tropical fruits. Medium bodied and moderately bitter with a citrusy hops character as well as flavors of toasted malt and pine. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Good all around.