ABUSEDGOAT (2166) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly clear amber, some floaties, fairly large head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is diacetyl, grapefruit, caramel, light oak. Rough buttery aroma dominates but the other flavors are present. Medium bodied, moderately sweet with more oak in the finish, moderate alcohol, lightly grainy.
greenhorn1 (732) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 13, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Aroma is not good, diacetyl is out of control. You can overwhelmingly smell butter. Flavor is a bit better, and if you try really really hard, you can subtly taste vanilla from the oak chips. Some citrus notes too. Finish is not what I would constitute as a DIPA. Whereís the hops...the bitterness? Just not a good beer. On a positive not, I like the design on the bottle.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Malibu Sundowner. Clear orange pour with a white head. Sweet fruit aromas of pineapple, orange, and some grapefruit. Caramel and bread, too. The flavor is a bit sweet, but not bad. Caramel, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit notes. Some pine, watermelon, and sugar.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #30. Hazy orange/brown color with a big off-white head. Juicy grapefruit aroma with a little pine. A little woody, more grapefruit and a little boozy, not bad. (2855)
Dean1015 (9) - san francisco, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, chocolate aromas, amber, hazy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, A very drinkable, sooth double ipa in my opinian. The cons are it lacks complexity in flavor, and ore corbonation needs to be added
StefanSD (1926) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a orange-amber color with a medium off-white head that has decent retention. The aroma is sweet and bitter (mostly sweet) with resins, caramel and bubble gum. The flavor, like the aroma, is mostly sweet--I get cotton candy, caramel, bubble gum, barley, butter and piney bitter hops filling in the back and sides. The palate was full but slightly greasy with lively carbonation. Finished short and sweet. Overall: A bit too sweet for me.
mrhoppy (1181) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aged in oak? Very sharp flavor. It must have been virgin oak or oak chips. I taste no other liquor. Which makes it a hoppy oak beer. I am going to give this beer a break because of itís uniqueness. Aroma is in your face bitter no doubt pushed by the oak. Unfortunately the complexity is lacking. To sum it up the beer is pretty harsh. For only hoppy bitter barrel guys.
dreadnord (1014) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours golden orange with a small white head. The nose is orange and dusty wooden shelves, with some sweet pastry mixed in. The taste is horrible. It literally reminds me of the vomit aftertaste. Itís so unbalanced on the sweet side itís sickening. The texture is not where near and ipa, soft as can be. Body is heavy and finish is fortunately, short. The drain can drink the rest of this 22 oz waste.
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours a nice shade of amber gold. Transparent, no haze apparent. Big off-white head. Good lacing and retention. Nice looking beer.
Absolutely reeks of diacetyl. Probably the most that Iíve ever smelled in a beer. Every time that I move the glass, it smells like someone squirted some movie theater butter flavoring. I donít mean to be harsh, but the aroma dominates the beer. Thereís some hops, but itís hard to identify the notes underneath the butter. My guess would be grapefruit, grass and herbal spice. Unfortunately, theyíre way in the background. Thereís also a little booze, oak and some vanilla. Rough.
The taste is sweet and buttery with a blandly bitter, buttery hop finish. Itís slightly better than the aroma but still quite bad. Thereís some biscuity malt and a light tannic note. A little more vanilla and oak. Even when I try to put the aroma completely out of my mind, itís still too sweet, lacks hop delicacy and tastes like artificial butter. Not much to like.
Feel is fine, but itís a bit hop harsh and boozy in the finish. It does get a little watery in the middle, and thereís a touch of hop slickness. Also, the diacetyl makes my palate feel funny as I drink. Not sure what thatís about.
Probably the worst DIPA that Iíve ever tried.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Clear dark golden with a creamy white head. Sweet grainy citrus aroma and taste with nice caramel, vanilla and oak flavors and a dry moderately bitter finish. Good thick chewy palate.