Niners (6) - - FEB 22, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent balance for a double IPA. It has a great balance of caramel malt and resin and citrus flavors. Excellent citrus nose as well.
emusche (60) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2015 Pours amber with a relatively short head (maybe 1/2"). Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, orange with a floral bouquet. Taste is exceedingly complex: to my palate it taste like a very sophisticated blend of a Belgian-style ale and an IPA. Has that sweet, almost steely caramel flavor and an intense sugary sweetness, but that fades to a bitter, piney flavor as it hits the back of the throat. It’s unique and different, and at 10% ABV you can’t just throw them back, but it’s very good.
miyauchi38 (744) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (2934) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served showing a clear, coppery gold color, with a frothy layer of soft white head foam, and wavy spray to the lacing. The nose was lightly dank & ripe, with a hint of freezer-burn-like scent at first, then fruit sweetness with a bit of spice, as stone fruit preserves/jam. The esters continued in the taste, with malt sweetness, noticeable alcohol, and some earthy bitterness, but not enough hop expression to make it an appealing Imperial. Seemed to want to jump to Barleywine status. Okay flavor, otherwise.
superspak (3415) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, pineapple, lemon, orange peel, light pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, pineapple, lemon, orange peel, light pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon/orange zest, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
jackl (5806) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2015
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Gold pour with a small white head. Nose is malt-heady. Weird smoky accents. Stewed leaf pile. Taste is similar. Loads of smoke that seems quite out of place. Paper. Light body, active carbonation. A fiasco.
TattooJack (280) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2015 Poured from the bottle of a 4-pack into my pint glass via the freezer. Bought this warm but within 30 min was a nice icy cold. Lots of white chunky foam like a root beer float. This beer is very smooth and drinkable. Taste-able hops, well hidden alcohol, and a little bitter at the back end but my mouth was never dry. The 10.0% alcohol is impressive, makes this a very good go-to.
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unfortunately, this has to be one of the worst double IPAs I’ve ever tasted. I sampled a pint of this at a theater show in Chicago. The beer poured a cloudy orange color with a decent-sized off-white head. The nose was quite malty, with just a touch of spicy hops. Unfortunately the flavors followed suit. There was just not enough hops in this beer. I got mostly sweet and bready malts in the body of flavors. Quite disappointing.
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle shared at a tasting. Pours a hazy amber with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, tropical hops, caramel and toffee. The taste is bitter citrus and tropical hops and pale malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle, this pours a Huge foamy (like shaving cream) head, but not large enough to subtract points. The body is a clear golden amber. The aroma is strong with yellow grapefruit, lemon, and zest. The malt emerges in the taste as lightly sweet cereal and provides and provides almost enough backbone to support the stirringly bitter hops, tasting much as the nose suggests. The finish is dry with a prolonged zest and pips bitterness. This is a dandy drink for this old hop-head.
kaser (4087) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12oz bottle at home. Amber with white head. Crazy fruity and spicy aromas. Fruit loop taste. Peach grapefruit and orange. Super good