ReggieDunlap (3078) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden color with a thick, foamy light tan head...good lacing and retention. Aroma is citrusy...pineapple, orange, and grapefruit...hint of vanilla. Flavor is more spicy than citrusy but has some grapefruit...slightly reminds me of sculpin. Mouthfeel is a bit lively and just a bit oily with a very dry, lingering spicy grapefruit finish. Tasty brew!
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold, with a white head. Aroma is citrus, sugar, and a little bit of spices. Flavor is citrus and pine. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Medium body.
hivemind (710) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of James, shared with Andy, James, Streets. Pretty, medium amber color with small head. Aroma is predominantly hops and so is the taste, but there is a slight toastiness that makes this one stand out a little. Reminiscent of some of my favorite IPAs with a bold but well-balanced hop profile.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of james. Split with brendan, street, and James. Ultra juicy hop tang, pine.. The nose is the most impressive aspect. Taste is citrusy, pine, toasines. Great ipa
jredmond (5341) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with Andrew, Brendan and streets. Pours a hazy orange with nice white lacing coating my glass. Aroma is fresh, fresh pine and grass. Mouthfeel is fresh with notes of pine, grass hop, and citrus, grapefruit.
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL from P St Whole Foods in DC. The pour is a little paler than expected, a clear golden with a larger, off-white head diminishing quickly with swathes of lace. Nose is more of "Imperial Pale Ale" vs. "Double IPA" and I tend to agree with the odd style category this has been given. Nose gives strawberry, lemon, cedar, muted melons, and vanilla vodka/apparent booziness. Small air freshener and detergent character. As it warms and opens up, volatile off-flavors subside for unripe mango, sugary cantaloupe, and starfruit. Taste is dryer than expected, sweet lemon bitters, wood, and mild bitterness. Squashy English hop bitterness in finish with tannic, dry wood, and a hefty dose of vanilla vodka. I’m not really getting anything even close to Nugget Nectar which has body, more starfruit, and incredible character. This is much more subtle, its character seeming to remind me of a Victory beer with its heavy lemon character, dry palate, and pale SRM. Lacking direction and power. Crackery, dry palate.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, citrus, grass, hop cones, light herbs, and fruit. Poured amber/apple juice in color with a large, foamy, rocky, white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Lightly cloudy. Full of small particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, crystal malt, pine, grass, citrus, and hop cones. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter, hop, grass, citrus, pine, grapefruit finish is lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
radagast83 (4655) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 22oz bottle my good friend raveskdr was able to get before it was all gone in VA. The moment this beer was poured, I knew it would be great. The beer pours a dark hazy orange with a thick, fluffy head. Aroma is citrus, orange, grapefruit, pine, smells fantastic. Flavor is phenomenal. The flavor blends a grapefruit, pine, with a mild bitterness backed by a touch of sweet malts. Everything is just about perfect with this one.
dagimp (718) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bomber into a Weyerbacher pint glass. Bottled on 8-11-11 so this sucker’s just over a week old. Pours with a creamy inch or two of head. Plenty of thick lacing as well. Aroma is of piny hops with some citrus. Color is light straw with a tinge of amber. Mouthfeel is light but creamy at the same time... very nice and probably the highlight of the beer. Taste is mainly of piny hops but there are some fruity hops such as pineapple and grapefruit as well. It’s pretty biting which is not my favorite type of ipa, but it doesn’t gouge your tongue like Stone IPA’s do either. I’d say Troegs named it perfectly. It’s an Imperial pale ale. Still light enough to be a pale ale, but not heavy enough to be an IIPA. It’s a very solid beer by Troegs, but it didn’t blow my socks off. At the price point ~$5 it’s an excellent value.
zizzybalubba (1420) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours dark orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma of grapefruit rind and pine needles with faint notes of toffee malts in the background. The hops are bright and juicy in the flavor with grapefruit and fresh cut grass dominating much at all in the way of anything too sweet. Really nice hop bitterness in this one without being overdone. I suppose the alcohol content puts this in a category that is not American pale ale but by flavor alone that is exactly what this comes off as. Keeping that in mind, this is a very well done pale ale.