StefanSD (2135) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from trade with Wavers1. Thanks. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small white head that has good retention and some minor lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with soapy citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel and a bit of jasmine. The flavor is biter hops forward with pine resin, grapefruit, toffee, rock candy, caramel and some soap. The palate is full and silky smooth with active carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter hops. Overall: Excellent brew, just a bit harsh at times, this is a DIPA lovers DIPA. And, it went very well with spicy pizza.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours deep amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is mandarin orange with pine and another almost spicy woody smell that I can’t really pinpoint. Taste of course has the blast of hop bitterness, along with caramel, some peppery notes, and barley wine characteristics such as notes of strawberry jam. Thick mouthfeel with a long, dry finish. A solid IIPA that I would like to be able to sit down and spend more time with--especially with a fresher sample. Thanks again, Andy!
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m told this was bottled just less than 3 weeks ago. Aside from flying out to Stockton I think this is about as fresh as I’ll taste it. A dark pour; brownish-amber color with a short-lived thin head. The aroma shows toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, resin and pine. Un-west coast like. Strong resiny hop flavor but there’s also a ton of malt in here as well. I get plenty of the caramel and toffee I picked up in the aroma along with toast, leaves and some gritty grains. Gradual bitterness. There’s a slight hint of an alcohol presence but otherwise it’s very drinkable. Hmm... a little too malty and sweet for my liking with the hops not completely dominating. I had high expectations for this, and it’s a good beer, but not anywhere near the top tier for the style.
Oscbert (1027) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Owl Club, Roseville CA
~Citrusy,resinous, orange creamsicle aroms,with lots of sweet malt in background.
~Pours a hazy dark gold with lasting creamy white head.
~Orangy citrus hops with loads of caramelly maybe. A bit too sweet.
~Full bodied, creamy, low CO2, bitter astringency hop finish.
~Enjoyable brew, Could only drink one though, pretty cloyingly sweet.
Guerde (1168) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours out a dark amber color with a medium white head that retains well. Aroma is full of citrus, like mandarin oranges, ambrosia salad, and grapefruit, but it’s also herbal, piney, and earthy as well. The hops are not as fresh and vibrant when compared to a fresher bottle I sampled. Since this bottle is a little old, the malts are also present here and showcase a toffee-like smell. The flavor is certainly more malt forward now, with flavors that resemble a lightly aged barleywine, as it is full of caramel, some raisin, and the hops come in on the finish with a lingering bitterness. Some orange marmalade as well. Mouthfeel is fairly full and the alcohol does not appear in the slightest. Even though this is an aged bottle, it still is pretty good, and it is one I’d like to try again.
cranialouch (1) - USA - MAY 26, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer packs a lot of flavor; good aroma, plenty of hops, and good maltiness underneath.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark amber to ruby with honey folds and a dirty beige 1 finger crown. The crown lacks density and recedes in large patches.
Smell: Earthy dank resinous hops meet some alcohol astringency and a fairly juicy fruity malt quality.
Taste: I’m glad that the astringency from the alcohol isn’t as apparent in the flavor profile as in the nose. It seems to mask itself by mixing with the bitterness of the hops. Juicy!
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit lacking in carbonation though. I’d like more carbonation please.
Drinkability: If there was less alcohol presence and a touch less hop bitterness I’d score this brew higher.
Good dank DIPA but could use a bit of tweaking.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-05-2009
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/red amber with a small off-white head. Nice lacings.
The aroma is kind of peculiar with both fresh citric hop notes and pine-needles as well as quite a lot of caramel malts and vanilla.
There’s more hops in the flavor, but there still is a lot of sweet chewy malts. Some wood branches and sweet lemon peel as well as fudge and vanilla. The finish is very bitter and has hints of alcohol to it. It ends grassy and peppery.
Medium to full body, smooth carbonation.
Interesting and surprisingly easy to drink considering the abundant flavors, but far from a fantastic Double IPA.
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Pours amber-orange with a smallish off-white head. Hops! A fairly high pine profile, mellowed with a buttery smoothness that caught me by surprise. Definitely not meant to shock with hops, instead, it displays a very nice balance for this style. Very good offering - would like to taste this on tap.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; thanks Alex!! Dark orange with creamy white head; sticky aromas of citrus and piney hops and sweet, sugary malts; texture is on the light side with some stale malts and hop syrups; dry and sticky with some biscuity caramel; resiny in the mouth but doesn’t really pop; more pine than citrus to me; 2nd or 3rd time having this from the bottle and this was the best yet; but that’s not saying much and I really hope to try this on draft some day to taste the full hoppy goodness