ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange colour with a small dense white head. Hoppy aroma with floral and pine notes and some pineapple fruityness along a balanced malty sweetness. Hoppy pineapple fruity flavor with a light malty sweetness. Dry finish with pine notes. Thanx to sk8viking for this one.
FlySwatter (34) - USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one was worth the searching. Hoppy piney aroma folowed by a malty, fruity flavor balanced not overpowered by the bitterness.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Beer is a clear, medium-caramel color with a small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is as billed. Malty with a light note of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; Heavily hoppy with obviously bitter notes of sticky resin/pine, dried apricot, light note of cedar; Yeasty with a light note of dough, trace cheesey. The flavor is heavily bitter, moderately sweet with a long, moderately bittersweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery-to-velvety and the carbonation is fizzy.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Cask at Barcade. Wow... this smells incredible. Rich fruity aroma, peach, berry and a soft pininess as well. Soft bready malts and a light fruitiness on the back. Juicy tropical fruit and light pine. Excellent balance of soft lightly wheaty malts and juicy, juicy hops. Thanks EDA for this one!
Tap as Spuyten Duyvil. Clear golden beer, thick white creamy head. Aroma is very fruity with strong blackberry/cherry aroma, herbal hops and enough pale malt to back it up. Some faint grassiness. Flavour is moderately hoppy, fruity blackberry with some earthy and grassy notes throughout. Fairly lean-bodied, but is well balanced nonetheless.
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1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a nice glowing amber body with lots of visible carbonation. Nice very thick creamy/frothy white head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is sweet grapefruit, delicately balanced pine, nectarines. Very nice. Haven’t smelled another IPA that smells quite like this. Curious balance of hops. The flavor is a nice pine and sweet maltyness. Grapefruit and other mysterious flavors. Perhaps juniper berries? The palate leaves a nice light resin feel on the mouth. Slick mouthfeel. Quite a good IPA.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bam! Nice and hoppy everywhere. The aroma reeks of citrusy and floral like hops that carry through with a punch in the flavour. This isn’t a runious bitter hops flavour, rather it is a well calculated IPA that is big and tasty with the right mix of hops.
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
After trying to find this in stores, and then having no luck with trades (didnt try hard), my dad got this for my in PA. Pours out dark yellow in color. Smells like a hop. Pure and simple. Grassy and citrus flavor yeilds to a nice malty balance as it warms. Very easy to drink, too easy probably. Reminds me of Hop Wallop except its better. Pretty good, wish this brewery distributed down to NC.
eaglefan538 (2912) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 Re-rate, bottle, 1/08: My most favorite experience so far. Nearly identical observations as last year, and again my only thought was that the malt support could have been a tad stronger. Other than that, a beauty, wonderful blend of citrus, sweet malts (crystal in there?), mangos, everything just so wonderful. Re-rate, bottle, 2/07: No wet dog this time around, just a great blend of resinous/piney and citrous hops, citrus rinds all the way around in the aroma and flavor. Only slight knock on this was the absence of more malt character underneath, especially this touting its being an imperial amber instead of a plain old IPA. Numbers getting bumped up, just wish it had more body / malt complexity. Orignial rating: This is a dIPA in my book, practically speaking. Poured a somewhat pale amber color with a nice thin head that didn’t dissipate at all. Great lacing in rings and lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer for the duration. Aroma was of pine and unfortunately some sort of wet dog type scent. I shrugged my shoulders and almost cried, but proceeding forward found a nice flavor profile of a dIPA: caramel and sweet malts with definite hop presence: pine, citrous, and resinous hops with a nice and assertive bitterness. Done very well, backbone not too sticky or sweet (or not too much caramel either). Mouthfeel was on par for the style in terms of body, but a bit more carbonated than other dIPAs.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sharp complex hop aroma, which settles into a more mellow floral and malt fragrance, also get this distinct apricot overtone, light amber gold color, taste is mostly mild flavoring citrusy(grapefriut, apricot) on soft malt backbone,I really didn’t get a lot of the bittering sensation,tastey light delicious
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy copper with a nice creamy white-tan head that last. Aroma is full of pine and some resinous character. Flavor: Some malty softness initially, then dominated by hop bitterness. Hop flavor is subtle. Finishes very bitter and dry and last for a few minutes after. My tongue is still tingling. Maybe a little oxidation in this bottle. Some alcohol warmth evident. Overall, a decent beer dominated by bitterness. I like it, but there are better tasting hop-centered beers out there.