Gimmethefunk (16) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Acquired as an extra via jdb288, Thanks Derek! Pours a medium-clear golden color, very clear for the style with a nice white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, and mangos and is very enjoyable. Taste is great with all kinds of citrus and pine coming through. Very little bitterness with lots of back end hoppy flavor, even my girlfriend liked this one and she is not a fan of bitter/hoppy beers. I would drink this all the time if possible.
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Enjoy by: 05/24/14. A hazy straw pour with a thick off-white head. Resiny pine, grapefruits, zesty citrus rinds, apricots, light grass, and a subtle herbal quality feature in the aroma. Thin to medium-bodied on the way down. Lots of sweet caramel and a big bready maltiness start things off taste-wise. Plenty of vanilla in the middle. An ample amount of grapefruitiness, citrus rinds, peach juice, and some apricots at the end. A moderately dry finish. A little spice, some floral qualities, and some warming alcohol present from beginning to end. I expected more from this one.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden pour with a frothy white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Taste is bitter with grapefruit and pine resin. Solid dipa.
jsquire (4040) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow gold color with a fizzy white head. Pinching hop nose with lots of mango and tropical fruit. This seems spicy with hops. Candied grapefruit, tropical fruit, apricot and some pine, all beating the crap out of some coarse bread malts. This is really hop juice.
TheJester (2377) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 mL bottle. Pale banana Popsicle yellow with a small white head and a little sediment. Lime and a little pine in the nose. Definitely fresh hops in the flavour, and they range from earthy to floral to citric. Lotsa lemon. A hint of honey-sweet malt for balance. The alcohol is really what pushes this into IIPA land, and I wouldnít guess that there is more than 6.5% in this. Refined and well constructed.
Advocate_Ames (560) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden straw color with a off white sticky foam lacing that coats my glass. There was minimal sediment, most was left in the bottle. The aroma was full of earthy & floral hops. I noticed crisp malt notes, soft booze, and a relaxed sweetness hiding in the background. There seems to be a slight scent from the yeast, a tad lemon like. In tasting I noticed a pleasant bitterness, with semi sweet and dry characters coming from the malts. I also picked up on a minimal citrus flavor. The finish was delightful making this a very drinkable beverage. Overall this is a well done imperial ipa.
blorigan (1) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Local watering hole just put it on tap. Nice drinking beer with with a good bite. To me it seems like a stronger heavier version if Summer Love...which is a favorite.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ben4321 (5359) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Shop Rite - Hoboken, 3/25/14
Aroma: The aroma is lots of juicy hop (tropical and citrus) with some grass and pine notes
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a bright white head and plus lacework
Flavor: The taste is mid-sweet, lots of fruity flavors, punchy, tart, and solidly bitter too
Palate: The body is medium, it has some stickiness, plus carbonation, and a mid-dry finish
This is a pretty nice one. If this beer were The Supremes, the tropical/citrus flavors are definitely Diana Ross. The rest of the components are just signing backup. All-in-all, it makes for a very juicy beer that blends the sweet, tart, and bitter flavors you get from this type of hop nicely.
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fine seasonal! Very earthy hop blend, with modest bitterness. Malt comes through.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
$2.79 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfeect Pint.
Appearance: Slightly hazy lemon sort of color with a good amount of carbonation in the glass. Pillowy three finger head that sticks around the whole time. Great start.
Smell: Bursting with hops, as Iíd expect. A wallop of typical pine aromas, but also a lot of lemon as well as a tropical fruit juice sort of vibe. Smells very nice, but I like my IPAs to feature a bigger fruit sort of punch.
Taste/feel: Rolls across your tongue with a surprising amount of sweetness -- well, maybe it shouldnít be a surprise, considering this is an Imperial IPA. Really a pure sugar cane sort of sweetness with none of that sickly aftertaste you get in some cheaper brews. Beyond that sweetness is a super pleasant hop character that gives a lemon and pine sort of flavor. Thinking Lemon Pledge? Donít. This is just a very enjoyable brew. The finish is clean and juicy with a nice lingering sweetness. The bitterness in Hop Ranch is quite lower than I was anticipating, as itís quite sweet throughout. Aftertaste is almost entirely of sweet tasting hops with only a hint of caramel/bready sorts of malt. No trace of the alcohol.
This is a very tasty beer, but I actually find that itís too sweet. Not a syrupy sweet, since this beerís mouthfeel is about medium, but just a long string of sweetness without much bitterness, which comes as somewhat of a shock to me. Even the most righteous IIPAs have a nice amount of bitterness, but not this one. Itís really just sweetness from start to finish. Thatís not necessarily a bad thing. Truth be told, Iím amazed theyíve pulled it off. Itís a light colored beer with a huge amount of sweetness with a gigantic hop presence... impressive.
Hop Ranch could well be the go-to IIPA of choice for those who love hop flavor but donít like bitterness. To me, this beerís a touch too sweet. The flavor of this brew is so nice though, that Iíd very gladly have it again. At the same time, I wouldnít quite call this a World Class sort of Imperial IPA.