adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at daily pint. Not memorable. Seemed a bit too dry without enough distinctness.
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berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The description says this is a "heavyweight battle between Yakima hops and dark roasted malt", battle over, hops crushed malt and not in a good way. Pours a dark brownish, strong hop persents. Taste comes through with strong piney, resiney and bitter. Great label, down hill after that.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dave for this bottle. Pours dark crimson. Nice carbonation, but not enhancing the aroma. Some floral, ginger and resin. Decent malt backbone here. Not too hoppy. The citrus is there; just way in the backgound. More forefront is the caramel, spice and dough. Smooth finish.
There isn’t much going on here; but I don’t have anything bad to say about this beer. Not over hoppy; not too malty; no strong alcohol finish. Well done for a 9% beer at this price point.
dzimm27 (136) - - FEB 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Awesome floral hop aroma, but man does that look dark for an IPA. Dark, almost black with brown head. Roasted malt and bitter, sharp hops. Not smooth. Would not buy again, not for me.
psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber color with a glorious frothy head. Smooth a roasty at first with hops coming in at the end. Not a citrusy as I am used to with a hoppy beer but it is definitely enjoyable.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a clear deep reddish brown color with a decent sized off white head. aroma smells like heaven. great sweet smelling hops. crisp hoppy bite with piney and citrus tasting hops. nice malty balance. i just picture this beer as something you have for the transition into spring. days are warmer and longer and you’ve been drinking stouts and porters all winter. just a phenomenal beer.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good
S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note
T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don’t quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy
MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive
Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap’t Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as dark as I expected. Citrus charcoal smell. Crisp flavor, burnt and kinda smoket. Reminds me of fall.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with beige head. Nose is immedately pine resin, grapefruit and floral hop. Same roasty caramel and toffee undertones as hop devil but a much more complex hop profile - floral, citrus notes and a nice resiny biternes balancing out the sweet malts. Finishes moderately to strongly bitter. This is essentially the hop devil backbone with a better hop profile.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby red. Rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. Very nice black IPA.