suprchunk (2473) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Add more crystal. Itís a straw color, weird for a IIPA. Ample white head that fades fairly quickly. Thin layer left over with a small amount of lacing. Big hop aroma, although not as much as the Dread had. A sweet aroma of burnt sugar, almost caramel scent. Floral notes with a slight grassy aroma. Very nicely done. Way more balanced than the last one. But that isnít hard to do.
Again, a big bitter bite up front. Almost acrid. After that is a sweet sensation mixed in with ample hop flavor. A bit of a citrusness. The mouth feel is a bit less dry than the Dread as well. But there is a bitter dryness on the back end. A bitterness envelopes the tongue and sticks around until the next swallow is down the gullet. Then it just repeats itself. Not very carbonated, but a big carbonic mouth feel. Not warming despite the ABV. Then again, Iím still reeling from the Dreadnaught. I wish I could write more about this beer as it is pretty good. And a worthy daily drinker. But there isnít much more to say than it is a bit of a smaller Dreadnaught. Of course, there are different hops in this one making it almost stand on itís own. Not sure if this is supposed to be a winter warmer, although it is less ABV than the year round Dreadnaught, but it doesnít seem like it. If it were cold out, I would pick Dread over this. Although there seems to be some spices mixed into this one as an afterthought. At least thatís what Iím getting in the taste. Not much mind you, but ample enough to perceive that they may be there. Although it could be the spiciness of the hops used.
cfrancis (2612) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to santa for this. Pours a cloudy corn yellow with a big frothy white head and a great lacing on the glass. Aroma is a hard on of hops, citrus and grain malts. The taste is something that you want to keep going for a long time. Like a great orgasm. Bitter citrus hops assault your palate while the malts tickle your throat. Itís like layer after layer of earthy hops coming at you. Cannot have enough of this.
bluejacket74 (1461) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle, I have no idea how fresh this is. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly cloudy golden/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, apricots, orange peel) and pine hops. Flavor is mainly bitter hops. Both the citrusy and pine flavors are noticable, but initially the bitterness is strong and lingers around for a while before it eases up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick with decent carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, but given a choice Iíd much rather have Dreadnaught instead.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lacing beige head with a golden-amber body. Aromas of mild tropical fruit and a hint of pine. Flavor is has a sweetness like cotton candy, but not really sweet. Also, some passion/mango/cone hop flavors. Finish is mango and bitter.
tkrjukoff (4153) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apr 25, tap@Trion Tavern, New Haven. Pours clear amber with a small off white head leaving some lace. Aroma is citric, piny, sweet, fresh. Excellent piny and citric flavor, some pears and apples. Great bitter tart finish with warming alcohol.
joeneugs (3738) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at the PP Carlsbad Real Ale fest. It pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is piney and mildly lactic. The flavor is grapefruit, pine, florals and sweet. Very strong bitter finish.
sickboy79 (66) - USA - APR 29, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What an awesome Imperial Double IPA! Iím a hop head and have sampled my share of IPAs. This one might take the cake. Iím also a huge fan of the 3F Dreadnaught but, this seems to be just a step above for my tastes. Wonderful hoppy/floral aroma. First sip hits you with BIG hop flavor and a nice ABV content (stiff beer!) but, itís not over powering or two sweet like some Imperial IPAs can be. Just a big Hop note. Finish has a nice citrus bitter tone that I really dig. Leaves you wanting more! HIGHLY recommended! One of the best, from one of the best brewers in the business, IMO.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bang! It pours as bright yellow with notes of citrus hops right off the bat. The medium body drives the heavy abv as well as some long and lingering hopped notes of burnt orange peel and pepper spices.
maneliquor (3372) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good, put up against the dreadnaught and it seems to be more hopped and less balanced. Great nose with huge pine and citrus coming through. Fantastic lacing. Hops lingers and lingers. Big yet easy drinking. Great beer
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with white head and little lacing. Aromas of citrus: grapefruit, orange, lemons. Taste of sourness with heavy bitterness. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Palate is medium bodied with some lively carbonation leaving a dry, long, bitter finish. Overall, this one is right up my alley for DIPAís using golden malts and hops galore.