BoostIPA (1092) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 Bottle from randomgarbage. Thanks a TON, bro!!!
Pours the color of bud light. Nice!
The aroma is something that I have only smelled in the top tier beers coming out of California. Straight up tropical fruit. Really, really amazing. Throw away all your preconceptions about what kind of beer can be made in Iowa these days, because this thing gets it right in every category that matters. Tropical, juicy, low bitterness, alcohol completely hidden.
This is literally God Nectar.
cbfobes (2149) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in the GTMW ticket line, thanks Adam for sharing, Iím pretty sure this is a bottle from randomgarbage, so thanks to Andy too. Pours a clear golden with a thick white head and lacing, as soon as this started being poured people started paying attention because you could smell it from freaking 30ft away. Tons of tropical notes filled the air, so good, grapefruit mixed in as well, the flavor didnít disappoint either, tons of pineapple mixed in with other tropical fruits, really smooth, the malt is noticeable but is so well done and balanced, one of my favorite things we opened up today, freaking awesome.
mcberko (5352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from mista (thanks a lot, Geoff), pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is super pungent with loads of fruity hops, resin, and a little herbal notes - very mosaic-centric. Flavour brings out loads of juicy resinous orangey hops, pine, and a solid caramel malt backbone. Extremely juicy, with medium hoppiness for a IIPA and no astringency. The juiciness is in the best way possible. Insanely refreshing and delicious. Awesome stuff.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge year to say the least for the folks brewing in Decorah. Bottling line finally up and going and releases of Kentucky Brunch, Morniní Delight, XHops, and Sosus have them one of the most talked about breweries in the country. Early in í13, Sue and Sosus were released simultaneously and people went crazy for it, and still do. This Imperial IPA focuses on the mosaic hop bringing out citrus and tropical fruit notes along with some dankness that make this an easy pick for the Hot 25 in Eastern Iowa!
pepsican (1419) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled yesterday. Jesus. Juice. Jesus juice. Clear gold pour with a small white head. Aroma is mango, cantaloupe, sour diesel, a bit of pine, zesty lemon, grapefruit, and just a hint of floral hop notes. Good lord Mr. Hopbomb, pleased to meet you. My name is randomgarbage. I enjoy fine dining, longs walks on the beach, malt liquor, and CLEAN, tropical fruit forward IPAís. Do you mind if I drink you? No? Thanks! Iím glad your flavor is as nice as the aroma lead me to believe. Very clean finish, dry, minimal bitterness for the style. Truly amazing.
bottled last night apparently. Fresh. scroll past 4 days old IPAs.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of randomgarbage. Thank you, Andy. 3 days since bottling tops. Pours a richer orange amber hue, faint haze and cakey bright white head atop dies to a firm layer, sticks around ok and laces the same. A good golden orange glow throughout the body. The aromas.. are just ridiculous. Fresh rich Mosaic hops preach grapefruit, big tropical fruit presence, melon and white grape. Big florals, papaya and mango, grapefruit rind and fruit. Lemons, oranges, and big bitter dry florals. Tiny maltbill stays in the back. Just a really rich fruity nose explodes from the pour, from the glass, mangos and tropical fruit, citrusy grapefruit and lemon meld well and throughout. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, surprisingly dry off the bat. Smaller body shows some crisp dry bready and cereal grains, firm dry bitterness, some fuzzy fruit, citrus, but bigger floral and earthy bitter slant. Some white grape, mango, and firm to strong dryness. Iím pretty surprised by how small the malt body is here, light and dry, quite easily consumed. Middle shows some fruit, citrus rind, lemon, and touches of melon. Some firm dry and bitter elements take off into the backend. Earthy dry slant, crisp and clean dry and bitter finish is quite enjoyable. Nothing is overstated here. Itís clean, dry, and bitter. Some good flavors of grapefruit juice, faint pine, firm bitter dry finish cleans up well. I dig this. The nose explodes while the beer, instead of preaching a boatload of sweetness is clean, finely tuned, firmly dry and bitter without getting clunky and turn into a big fruit bomb. Very well done here. Itís not just the hop here. The base really is a good one. This slots into my Top 5 DIPAs with the heavy hitters of the category (Russian River, Hill Farmstead, Three Floyds). Thatís a statement Iím comfortable making.
burg326 (3210) - Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn Ed! Thanks for sending this bottle poured an orangish yellow color with huge aromas of pineapple and some light citrus. Flavors were citrus, pineapple and light bitterness. Jesus christ was this beer awesome. Please send more asap Ed!
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Hopscotch. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Grapefruit and mild citrusy hop notes. Good balance with just enough of caramel malt backbone to keep Sosus honest. Above average mouthfeel and body. A very good double IPA that is eerily Hill Farmsteadish...
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle a few hours off the Hop Patrol truck, bottled on the same day! A very tasty IIPA. The mosaic hop is quite nice, reminiscent of Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Citra..light and earthy, with plenty of tropical fruit flavors. Some spruce too. The body is clean and drinkable, but there is so much hop flavor you want to reflect on it sip by sip. Quite a tasty IIPA, very unique and modern. Assumably the freshest beer Iíve ever had out of a bottle.
Dr_MedievAle (107) - USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: sparkling light gold; almost champagne like. Thick foamy white head. Tons of carbo bubbles. Aroma: pineapple, juniper, coriander, and some funky pizza-dough yeast (very subtle) as it warms . Taste: Sweet pineapple and citrus give way quickly to sharp bitterness. Salt and herbal aftertaste. Palate: thin to medium-oily. Hop resin washes down smoothly.
This is a big IPA. Punchy, flavorful. Beautiful looking in the glass. TG did a great job.