MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off orange color w/ a full thick dense white head with good lacing and some light visible carbonation. Great Aroma! Tons of deliciously fruity hops, some strawberry, tropical fruits, touch of floral notes, and some nice sweet sugars and other sweetness in there. Palate is full well coated and finishes very dry. Great hoppy flavor w/ a pretty big malty backend reminiscent of a great american barley wine. There’s a light graham cracker in there and lots of fruity floral hop notes. I really enjoyed this one.
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Can] Pours clear reddish-amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is huge, quite sweet (some honey), with grassiness, citrus notes and peach. Taste is exploding with juicy tangerine up front, which gives way to dominating malt. Average mouthfeel, smooth, slightly dry finish. Overall, I’m really torn about this beer. The aroma is very nice, and the taste was far too sweet, but I do like the tangerine. Not overly complex, not great, not worth the price, but pretty decent.
jsquire (3614) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color out of the can with a foamy off white head that left sheets of lace on the glass. Pinching grassy, hop resin nose. Tons of hops in this beer with deep resin, essence of grapefruit rind, and grass. If they made a hop flavored Jolly Rancher candy, this is what it would taste like. Not as citrusy as many DIPAs, but it is a damn hoppy beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
NOTE: This review was merged from my original 16 Grit review.
On tap at Piece Pizza in Chicago.
A: Dark amber color with a good white head and some pretty good lacing.
S: Lots of hops of the citrus/tropical variety. A good, sweet malt backbone. Quite balanced in this regard.
T: Again, definitely balanced with some caramel, brown sugar, and perhaps the tiniest hint of molasses. This goes along with the overriding taste of citrus and tropical hops.
M: Pretty creamy and fairly heavy without too much alcohol.
D: Very drinkable. The complexity continues to invite sip after sip.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-01-2009
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2011 Rerate. 16 oz. can thanks to CLevar. Golden brown, nice head. The aroma is WOW big massive tropical fruits. Buckets of pineapple, mango, citrus, very grassy. This is an amazing overhopped unbalanced aroma showcasing all that is hops. I get a picture of a wooden bowl in my mind with tons of luscious tropical fruits within sitting in the sun. The taste is like grapefruit juice, tropical fruits. I have never tasted a beer that was so much like grapefruit juice. Ode to the hops.
GT2 (8960) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can courtesy of beeranddogs. Pours a clear orange with a towering, creme head. Huge lace and infinite retention. Nose is not fresh hoppy but not stale hoppy, strawberry pancake syrup either. There is some candy corn, maple syrup, Taste is spicy, sweet, fruit punch, floral and herbal hoppy, loaded with honey, mint, butterscotch. Body is chewy, bitter, thick. Definitely not a hop bomb. Never devolves into an astringent, cloying mess. Even not ultra fresh, it has held itself together fairly nicely.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can:   Fiery amber, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing, light carbonation.   High octane hop tea is what I would call this aroma.   Heavy citrus presense on the tongue, sweet but not cloying, with a big background of tea leaves and hops.   Its not very bitter, but it feels big.   Sweet citrusy malty with a big hop tea like background.   Very well balanced between the malts and hops.   Too easy to drink, really.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Lingering citrus sweetness, background of hop tea.   Amazingly smooth.   Not as thick and malty as I like, but this one is very well balanced and probably one of the better IIPAs I have had in a long time.   Recommended.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can courtesy of skyview. thanks, bob! pours a very nice, pale, orange-gold with a thick, creamy, eggshell head leaving drippy rings of lace. aroma is fantastic with huge, fresh, citrus hop notes of orange, pink grapefruit, and lime zest with a massive tropical fruit background of pineapple, frozen peaches, and passion fruit and just a hint of toffee. flavor is great as well with the sweet, juicy tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and apricot coming to the forefront ahead of citrus flavors of tangerine and pink grapefruit with just enough sweet, slightly nutty, caramel malts to add balance. palate is on the heftier side of medium bodied with a creamy mouthfell, solid carbonation, and a long, bitter, tropical fruit finish. overall, a fantastic and surprisingly tropical dipa. big ups to bob for getting this one to me fresh!
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2011 Can. From Notes. If you like hops, this beer is for you. Pours a clear golden amber with a diminishing head. Aroma is all about the hops...hard pressed to really find anything else there. Maybe a bit of caramel/crystal malt. Flavors start with hops, and finish with hops, with the same minor malt tones picked up in the aroma. Hop resins coat the tongue from first sip to last. A decent beer, somewhat one dimensional.
EDIT: Had the ’10 version on tap at Stubs, a bit better than last year. (7, 5, 7, 4, 16)
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 pint can courtesy of ncmussell. Thanks. pours a translucent copper color with a medium white head that soon recedes to a fine film and shows some lacing. The aroma was soap, pine and caramel malts. The flavor was biter hops forward with some oranges, more soap, pine resin and malts. The palate was full and smooth with soft carbonation. The finish was short, dry and clean. Overall: A very tasty concoction, but perhaps just a bit too long past its prime. I’ll make a note to re-rate sometime in the future.