JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from a trade on BA. Larry is amber and faintly cloudy. Larry has a rapidly diminishing head but retains decent carbonation. Larry might be a bit too aged, as there is an excess of breadiness in the nose, alongside the pungent dankness. But Larry wears his age well, and the beer has a general tealike quality to it (backed by abundant malts and some floral hops, as well as much bitterness in the finish). I enjoyed Larry and want to encounter him in his youth.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on-tap at American Craft in Brookline today. Review from notes.
5.0 A: Hazy medium orange color. One and a half fingers of super creamy off-white head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing. Awesome!
4.0 S: Lots of citrus hops and some herbal going on here. Malts are in the background. Orange and mango most apparent. Some pine as well. Overall, aroma could be stronger.
3.5 T: Malts are bready, which I donít really care for in an IPA. Hops arenít too bold either, but still pleasant nonetheless. Orange and mango again, but not as strong as in the nose. Grapefruit and a touch of pine show up.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and reasonably creamy.
4.0 D: Good overall, but nothing special.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-30-2010 02:11:08
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Pungent aroma of hops, pine, fruit, crystal malt, pineapple, grapefruit, resin, hop oil, and citrus. Very nice hop aroma. Poured orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter and light to medium sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, grass, citrus, pineapple, crystal malt, caramel malt, and resin. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium bitter, light to medium sweet, hop, caramel malt, crystal malt, resin, grass, citrus, finish is dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
thicksuds (373) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This still registers as one of the best DIPAs I have had to date, maybe because I am getting it fresh in MA, but the hop profile is perfect for me. Great pour, lots of foam, murky orange, smells of citrus, hop aroma is great, taste is equally as good, strong bitterness factor, but well balanced with a good backbone, but doesnít take away from the hops. Hops arenít completely torching the tastebuds but its enough to get a hop fix for me. Excellent, Wachusettís best offering.
mcox90 (1375) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours amber/orange with a 1" foamy white head. Great gobs of sticky white lace left on the glass. Citrus/pine aromas with a caramel undertone. Flavor starts out fruity and sweet then becomes more bitter as you get into it. Full bodied with itís alcohol well disquised making it dangerously drinkable. The bottle I bought was a couple of months past itís prime and it was still great. This must rock when fresh.
nimbleprop (3914) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle pours a totally clear, bright orange with a creamy white head. Nose is mild hops, earthy, pine, oranges. Flavor is sweet, caramel, light hops. Bitter and a touch sweet. Needed more pronounced hop flavors.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to portia99 for sending this out my way!
A: Pours a beautiful light copper with orange tints. Massive white head with plenty of craters. Excellent retention and some very nice lacing on the way down.
S: Plenty of citrus and floral hops alongside some definite malt sweetness. Fruity characteristics come through along with the pale malt.
T: Much like the nose...sweetness balances out some of the hops. Hops are primarily floral with some tangerine and other citrus making their way in as well. Normally Iím not a fan of DIPAís with plenty of malt backing them up, but this one is surprisingly quite delicious in that respect.
M: This is where the sweetness is a bit of a drawback, but not that much. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a mild alcohol presence.
D: Highly drinkable. This has made the evening quite enjoyable, and Iím very much looking forward to the additional bottle that I have.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-04-2010
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:Sweet malt and hops. Apricot and peach.
Appearance:Amber in color, long lasting white head.
Taste:Delicious peach and apricot flavors are strong in the foretaste. The midtaste is full of bread and malt flavors. The aftertaste is nicely nutty.
Palate:Low to medium body, good carbonation, a little hop astringency.
Overall:This is quite an excellent IPA, while a little strong for a session ale, I certainly want to drink another one!
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and pine. Tastes of floral hops, citrus, some toastiness, grass, and light caramel.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Best by January 2011 and consumed October 2010 (so I assume it is pretty fresh). The body is a hazy, bright, glowing golden-orange amber color. A small head of yellowish-beige foam recedes quickly to a bubbly, frothy edge with a patchwork center film. Tissue thin, organic splotches of lacing mark the glass, drying slowly. Hey now! Whatís this!? A bright and citrusy, Łber juicy, fruit forward hoppy nose with a nicely attenuated, clean toffee malt billing? From an east coast brewer no less?! Impossible!? I jest, of course (kinda), but I truly was surprised by the first enticing whiff of this beauty. Expecting a standard crystal malt, overly sweet, balanced and biscuity mess (like so many from this side of San Diego are), I got nothing of the sort. This gorgeous IPA oozes with bright, citrusy goodness, primarily orange and tangerine, but showing some grapefruit as well, along with hints of dry grass and oily rinds. There are tropical scents as well, like papaya and mango, traits normally reserved for the top Cali hop bombs. I think Iím even getting a suggestion of oily coconut, bringing back reminders of my first experience with fresh Ballast Point Dorado, my all-time favorite IIPA. I havenít even gotten to the malt base yet, which is where this wonderful brew truly separates itself from itís eastern brethren, as well-attenuated toffee and wisps of residual orange blossom honey are all that stand in the way of the gorgeous hop bouquet. Stunning nose. The flavor does not disappoint, again showing sufficiently dried toffee and perhaps some lightly toasted white bread with honey in the malt profile. From there, ultra-fresh, resinous, oily hops shine with the full rainbow of citrus varietals, from juicy naval orange to key lime, star ruby grapefruit, and tangelo. Mango and papaya again show their beautiful faces, offering uncommon diversity in this stunning hop billing. The palate supports this brew beautifully, showing substance that supports a slow pace, without any annoying cloyingness or hefty residual sugars. Moderate carbonation ushers in the dry, honeyed citrus finish with much grace. Excellent, excellent beer! Finally, a worthy east coast challenge to the long standing dominance of the Cali IPA regime.