bozoNZ (731) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely bottle and presentation. Big bold in your face nose. Rich citrus mardarin with apricots. feels big , drinks big rally nice. UCSC Tasting June 12
boxofrane (2349) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 Draft. Pours copper with very little head and minor lacing. Aroma is mildly astringent with some caramel malt on the finish. Taste is on the sweet side for an ipa but not a bad brew by any means. Iím a fan of Uinta but I think the Hop Notch is a bit better than this one.
BucannonXC5 (1036) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a tap into a tulip at Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, Calif., on May 27, 2012. Less than a finger of head once I got it. Color was honey amber, a bit hazy. Caramel white bubbly lacing on the top that had great retention throughout the pour.
Smelled fresh citrus hops up front, mainly lemon and tangerine. Also some caramel notes and a bit like Sprite. Reminded me of a Rogue Dead Guy Ale a bit.
Got citrus hops - tangerine and apricot. Tasted a bit like the Rogue Dead Guy Ale that I just mentioned. Caramel and orange peel as well.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.
An OK beer overall, but I was hoping for a bit more after really enjoying their Hop Notch IPA awhile back.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice ruby rust orange with a healthy cream head with outstanding spiderweb lacing. Nose is pineapple and citrus hops with a touch of pine. Taste is nice hoppy pineapple with a touch of caramel and pinecone with a dry finish. Refreshing.
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unexpectedly malty nose that is supported by lightly floral hops. As with the nose, the flavor is very malt forward. The hops are slightly unbalanced with the bitterness showing more than its floral aromas. On the pour, the color is a bit muddled but the creamy head and super lacing on the nonic pint make up for the less than spectacular visual hues. The mouthfeel is creamy and there is a long bitter finish.
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This double IPA was a bit too malty for my liking. I could tell it was going to be as soon as I pulled the cork from the 750ml bottle. The nose featured an aroma of bready and earthy malts, with a hint of caramel. I got a little bit of fruity hops in the nose, but not as much as I would have liked. The maltiness really shows through in the flavors, as well. Itís a little overly malty. I didnít taste enough hops. They didnít take enough of the center of the stage in this beer. I still tasted plenty of hops, though, especially in the finish and the aftertaste. While this is a decent double IPA, itís not my favorite.
Zymurgeist2 (1253) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, cloying aroma with the hops showing grapefruit, orange and earth. As it warms, the alcohol really comes out on the aroma. Almost chestnut like qualities in the color, with a deep orange/amber and off-white head that lingers. Malty sweetness dominates the palate with the hops breaking through at the end. A little overbalanced towards the malt. The booze is slightly hidden. Cloying with a semi-dry finish.
smith4498 (3224) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with Gription79. Pours hazy burnt orange color with off white head. Aromas of floral, citrus, and pine hops. Grapefruit and pine flavors with sweet caramel and some doughy yeast. Slight heat from the alcohol. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Dallas.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a bright orange color with a white foamy head. Nose is fresh fruity and dry hop notes with a light biscuit. Palate is thick and sticky. Flavors of fresh fruits, light honey and syrup with a malty biscuit backbone that balances well. High alcohol is hidden quite nicely.
JorisPPattyn (8344) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Arbitrary score 4/5 for Appearance, as nighttime conditions prevented correct assessment. Hoppy and a spicy nose, displaying a mix of thyme and lavender, however fleetingly, mixed with mandarine. Hard orangepeel flavour, again a tad spicy (lavender?), hopoils. Very oily, also in the feel, bit burning sensation. Very hopoily IIPA.