nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bistro. Great clear golden-orange color with a lasting white head. Awesome aroma, grapefruit and orange with grass and even a touch of funk. The flavor has a slight malt base of caramel and sugar, along with a huge awesome citrus and line hop blast. Medium-plus bodied and resinous. A really impressive DIPA. Stood up to this year’s Pliny the Younger.
Ibrew2or3 (7913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 On tap at Triple Rock pouring up clear deep gold with copper hues and near white head with tan colored foamy swirls. The aroma offers up big bold rich malt sweetened grapefruit like citrus hops. The taste is pure resiny citrus hop oils with just enough of a sweet malt backbone to make for a sticky chewy experience. Man! This is bold brash rich goodness. Lovin’ it. With more samples you continue to get bombarded by resiny rich bitter grapefruit and tangelo like citrus hops with enough resiny bitterness to pull up into a bitter pine sap hoppy like sensation. For a bold perfect to style IIPA experience this is for you. If you want a timid IIPA to quaff you might want to stick within safer territory like Pliny the Elder or Younger. Wow, this makes Bell’s Hopslam just seem silly by comparison.
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on tap at the 12th Bistro Double IPA Festival on 2/11/2012. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet, piney and citrusy. A medium bodied Triple IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and orange peel. The hops re grapefruity and citrusy. Nicely balanced. Touch of alcohol bite and perhaps a touch crisp/sharp tasting. Nice lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Served a clear golden orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down quick leaving behind some lace.
S - The aroma is full of lots of pineapple and grapefruit hops with some pine and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of booze and some residual sugar sweetness.
T - Starts off with a strong kick of bitterness with lots of pine and grapefruit hop flavors and a touch of floral flavor and some sweet malts. Through the middle, even more bitterness comes through alongside some more tropical fruit and some residual sugar sweetness. The finish is a mix of more grapefruit and citrus hops with a bit of candied fruit flavor and a touch of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a resiny finish that is a mix of warming, dry, and lightly sweet.
D - Very drinkable. Really big hoppy beer, they just keep coming. Felt just a touch rough from the residual sweetness that comes through but otherwise super tasty.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Triple Rock. Pours a clear light amber with a small white head that settles to ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aromas is big citrus with grapefruit and orange and some pine. Also, some caramel sweetness. The taste is sweet with pine, grapefruit, orange, and some sweet caramel. The finish is bitter with a bit of alcohol. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little bit sweet, but that is expected for a beer of this size.
Zymurgeist2 (1628) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Opening Gala for SF Beer week. Massive, massive aroma of grapefruit and citrus. Beautiful looking beer with nice clarity and head retention. Flavor is the same as the aroma - awesome over the hop citrus and grapefruit. The bittering is not over the top for this ABV. Also, manages to hold its structure together nicely with malt backbone and the ABV remaining hidden. This compares with PtY in its ability to be a massive hop, bitter bomb that retains its balance and it easily drinkable....too easily drinkable. Well done as Rodger’s farewell!
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Big grapefruit and pine aroma with summer fruits. Pine and summer fruit flavor with grapefruit and malt and backing alcohol. Medium-plus bodied. Big bitterness. Big grapefruit and pine lingers with malt, light caramel, and light alcohol.
joeneugs (5269) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Triple Rock. I’ll miss you Rodger, but congrats on breaking out on your own. Hopefully you find a location soon! It pours clear orange with a thick white head. The aroma is thick with sweet tropical fruit, citrus, and grass. Dank and sweet smelling at the same time. The flavor is a massive blast of tropical fruit, potent alcohol, pine resin and a hard bitter finish. Good balance between the sweet tropical fruit and resinous hops. A nice way for Rodger to go out!
marcus (8597) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Triple Rock. Pours copper with a modest beige head and a strong citrus aroma. There is a sweet malt flavor, a bit bready, with an intense hop bitterness at the finish. A nice legacy for Roger.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Triple Rock, golden orange pour. Huge piney, orange resiny hop aroma, orange pledge. Huge resiny sticky hop flavor, strong but delicious, aggressive flavor and aroma. Mangoes abound. Good slash that great stuff