Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange shade, delicate off-white head mostly lasts. Sharp nose, extremely hoppy, obviously aimed at the hophead and attacking the nostrils with spicy pumpkin, lime, tangerine and huge piney aromatics. As lovely as it may sound, its lack of subtlety becomes too much, the bitterness is harsh despite the not so pleasant syrupiness of its base malts. Not really tight and showing the usual weyerbacher defaults in terms of texture, itís sugary (unfermentable complex molecules I assume) and not really cohesive, certainly nowhere tight and failing to be engaging in its carbonation. I can easily see how some will enjoy it more than a little, but those shining outfits only accentuate the lack of charm and grace thatís worthy of a long term investment.
diabel (1621) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at LCRBM 2, Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium
Slightly, hazy orange body. Off-white creamy head. Good lace. Aroma of pears, caramel, fruits, hops, ... Moderately bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Heavily bitter to the end. Somewhat fruity in the beginning, but the bitterness takes totally over to the end.
fly (1425) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always glad to try a beer that meets or surpasses my expectations. A grand hoppy beast, but if the name didnít already imply that then youíre tromping in territory perhaps you shouldnít. The aroma jumped to greet my nearly disabled nostrils just as I opened it. As resinous as it is, didnít find the burn that some IIPAs tend to have. And as with so many of the beers Iíve enjoyed through trade I wonder if Iíll ever manage to have another ... *sigh*
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled - LCRBM2 - A copper/red coloured beer with a small tan head. The aroma is beautifully hoppy with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The taste is lovely. Big hops and a ton of malt. A marvellous massive mouthfeel.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange caramel with fluffy off white head. Aroma is citrus, floral, caramel, and hops. Flavor is, floral, hops, citrus, caramel, and malt. This is an excellent Double IPA.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy ruby gold with a frothy off-white head. Delicate caramel, grapefruit and pine aroma. Tastes like fresh grapefruit and honey. Medium mouthfeel and a a bit oily.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice looking beer with a clean orange color and with a white-yellowing head that leaves a fine lacing. The aroma is not overpowering but it is very attractive indeed. It is elegant, it leaves place for other aromaís then Simcoe hops and it is complex and well in ballans. The taste is also very attactive and well ballanced. In the mouth you can notice hints of mild honey that gives a dry smoothness on the pallet, some fruits, zest of sweet oranges, herbs some well integrated spices and for sure the nobel bitterness of Simcoe hops. Avery nice beer with an elegant caracter and a very good ballans. At the LCRBM in Kulminator Antwerp.
jazz88 (2590) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to Phillymonskman for this one. A dark golen color with a foamy white head. A lush smooth grassy hop aroma and flavor. Sweet and well balanced with a bitter finish. Grapefruit, pineapple, and peach accents.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 Bottle on 9/11//06. Clear amber pour under a white head leaving excellent lace. Strongly citrus and floral aroma. Medium body with light carbonation and a resinous character. Some honey and light fruit is nicely balanced by grapefruit bitterness leading to a long and bitter finish.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A creamy icing of a head reigns atop the deep orange.
-Earthy pine trees rise proudly over the bulbous oranges.
-Puffy, caramelly cereals lay a sturdy foundation for the pine trees to grow healthily.
-The seductively smooth mouthfeel is ably malted, and softly carbonated.
What if you dig deeper?
-A vociferous coniferous hop bitterness paints the back of the tongue.
-Maltiness is quiet on the flavor front, but provides ample enjoyment mouthfeel-wise.
-This isnít too intense for a Double IPA, which I appreciate, and delivers enough hop oils and malty substance to keep you interested throughout the glass.
Bottle; no date.