Ratman197 (12680) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of craftbeerdesign (thanks Geoff) poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head and great lacing. Aromas of carmel, tangerine, tropical fruit, candied orange and light pine. Palate was medim bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of carmel, pink grapefruit, tangerine, light tropical fruit and light pine withg a smooth dry bitter lingering fruity finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Name: 420 IPA
Date: March 09, 2012
Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sticky sweet pine aroma, sweet crystal hops, fruity tangerine
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, orange and tangerine, light bitterness offers some balance without obscuring the flavor hops
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4oz on tap at Brass Tap - U Square. Half hazy orange amber color. Thin off-white head, leaving decent splotches of lace. Bready malt, kind of biscuity. Malt-forward, but the malt bill is solid. Some piney, kind of resiny hop beneath the big malt. Bigger sweet taste, lighter bitter. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. An OK, maltier DIPA. Like the Lagunitas Waldo 420 DIPA i just tried before this, it seems to be a bit past it’s prime... But not grossly malty sweet, like the Lagunitas was.
Suttree (5882) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I got the last bottle in Knoxville. Seems very familiar and yet not so much. Looks, smells ans tastes exactly what you’d expect an Imperial version of 420 to be. So, Sweetwater guys, why didn’t you name this "840"? Seems like a no-brainer to me...
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Citrusy orange hops and bread on the aroma. Sweet caramel malt, abv, and resiny hop flavor. Smooth carbonation and medium body. Nice beer.
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear amber color. Aromas of citrus and pine hops. Flavors of grapefruit and orange. Nice hop flavor with a spicy edge.
ChainGangGuy (4714) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, coppery body with a solid inch of lasting, near white foam.
Smell: Brightly citrusy nose of citronella and tangerine-flavored aspirin with some additional florals and soap suds ahead of the cookie sugar sweet accents (though a bit of time helps bring the latter up a bit more).
Taste: Bready, lightly grainy maltiness, and lots of it, with a pop of sweetness that precedes the rolling citrus oils and chewable children’s aspirin (again, tangerine-flavored). Medium-high bitterness. Thankfully, the aspirin edge eventually drops off from each sip leaving a fairly nice lingering of sweetish orange beyond the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Ever so slight oiliness present in the mouthfeel.
Overall: A big ole imperialized hoppy brew that, thankfully, isn’t quite as harsh as anticipated. Not nearly as esteemed as the previous Dank Tank release, Fresh Sticky Nugs, though decent enough. However, all these hoppy this-or-that Dank Tank brews are really starting to run together for me.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, blue and yellow label. Dark amber, fluffy head, nice lace. Looks like a 420. Smells like an Imperial 420. Hoppy citrus and pine, sweet pale malts. Aroma of cereal and hops. Yum. Tastes like HOPS. Soapy hop character, lots of fruit, mixed berries, apricot pit bitterness, sharp pine and wooded timber bite. Very hoppy. Period. Oily body. Malt sweetness adds some balance to the overall bitterness. Finishes with a green hop and resinous hop oily character that make me want to take the next sip. Don’t plan on tasting anything else after drinking this bottle, unless we’re talking some spicy chili. Hearty, spicy food pairs perfect for this hop bomb. Out of all of the Dank Tank brews, this one has really got me.
jsquire (4070) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnished gold color out of the howler with a short off white head. Big sweaty hop resin, candied grapefruit and tropical fruit nose. This is a syrupy beer with tons of sticky hops. Candied grapefruit, Mandarin orange juice, canned peaches, pinching hop resin and some wet hop flowers all present themselves in this beer. There is a long, dry hop bitter finish. Very smooth hop head beer.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. clear orange with a very small white head. stinky earthy piney hops(simcoe?) and sweet crystal malt nose. hop flavors are similar to the nose and the malts have a mix of caramel and tea flavors. the abv is hidden. tastes a little raw or green to me with some residuals. right down the middle for me.