JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to pineypower for this one.
Pours an opaque amber with a thick, dirty white head. The flavor is upfront dry hoppy with a clean finish. The alcohol is completely hidden and this is dangerously quaffable.
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had mine out of a bomber...From Rivers Bend.
The head on this baby was incedible - it was a thick tan ice cream looking head that lasts forever...Smell is something like an orange tree growing in a Pine forest.
Taste is grapefruit and pine with a hop kick that will knock the taste right back out of your mouth
Its a pretty good double - definitely a must for hop heads.
ClarkVV (5210) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 2006 bomber consumed on 8/3/06.
Lovely appearance, huge, sticky lacing in rings, immense beige head is very well-retained. Liquid is a strong bronze-copper color, with high clarity and plenty of bubbles.
Bone dry, bitter nose, shows heavy pine resin, very very sparse malts, dextrinous and well-attenuated. But nothing juicy, overly fruity or even very tropical. Just densely piney-citric and heavily aggressive. Medium strength, too, dosent really pour forth with a huge burst of aroma.
Ack, this is just another unbalanced, heavily hopped DIPA. Not as bad as Moylans Hopsickle, but along those lines. Pine, citrus and very dry orange and grapefruit rind are very bitter. Much more IBU/apparent bitterness than actual juicy hop flavor. The body is still strong and dextrinous (though ultimately, filtered), but very lacking in actual malt flavor/complexity. Plenty of yeast stink too, though the alcohol is well-concealed. Couldn’t finish the bomber.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An absolutely SUPERB DIPA! Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color producing a huge, frothy, durable off-white head which persists throughout the glass. Lots of heavy lacing as glass empties. Excellent balance between the malts and hops in the aroma profile, noting caramel, toasted malt, freshly cut grapefruit, pine needle, and good ol’ Juicy Fruit gum. Aroma is simply mouth-watering. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth; somewhat oily, but full. Flavors are a luscious myriad of bittersweet grapefruit, pine, orange, honey, spices and crystal malts. Finish is long and well balanced between the hops, malt and alcohol. Really enjoyed this one. One of the best DIPA’s I’ve had the pleasure to sample. And what a deal at $4.99/22 oz’er!
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange-amber color with foamy off-white head. hoppy and citrus aroma. flavor is of malts and grapefruits with a bitter hoppy finish. great IIPA.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours golden orange with vreamy offwhite head. Aroma is citrus and sweet malt. Flavor is grapefuit and pine. Nice balance overall with excellent hop character. Easy on the palate for the large flavor. Finishes bitter and hoppy with nice sweet roundness of malt.
OldGrowth (3118) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, sweet. Citrusy, gf rind, wet autumn leaves, honey, Little bubble gum when cold, hint of pepper , ABV shows giving a little of a whisky or other distilled such things. Clean brownish orange color Big head that eventually went to a ring. Good lacing. Bitter flavor, Grapefruit takes over. Tad mediciny. Really has bite. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, Bitter dry that coats as it goes down. Good IIPA, bitterness is big here.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, thanks to slob for shipping this yummy brew to me! Pours a hazy orangey amber, giving rise to a thick off-white head that leaves nicely patterned lace. Aroma is nicely balanced between rich caramelly, toasty malts and brash grapefruit hops - in the end, the hops have their way! Flavor is also nicely balance for an IIPA, with more of the rich malts laying a foundation on the tongue in order to handle the massive mounds of grapefruit and piney hops, notes of orange juice are evident throughout along with a peppery bite in the finish. Not surprisingly, the alcohol is well hidden among the huge flavors, noticible only as part of the bite in the finish. Full body and very smooth, creamy carbonation make this one a pleasure to drink. This was a treat, thanks again Bert!
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an absolutely EXCEPTIONAL beer! I bought a case blindly, and I am *very* glad I did. The last time I did a blind buy just by style and hype I got burned. This case has been one of the best possible treats!
Appearance: It pours from the bottle with a look that seems thick and smooth even as it pours, a golden ruby glowing beer. With a huge 3 finger head that is incredibly thick and creamy. The head has great retention and eventually fades to a frothy cap. There is constant activity with lots of carbonation bubbles rising and a gentle swirl will bring back a full-on head again. Truly magnificent! Heavy sheets of sticky lacing coat my pint glass.
Smell: The initial hit is sweet and enters the nose like an apple aroma that quickly turns to orange then fruit salad and by the time it computes in the brain it is a hardcore intense grapefruit aroma shouting ’notice me, damn it’. Then it settles into a very aromatically enticing beer with sweet caramel toasty malts, fruits, and of course bold citrus hop aromas so well blended they are hard to distinguish.
Taste: Creamy, malty and smooth up front. Then it peaks with a huge surge of pine and grapefruit hops and mellows again with buttery creamy smooth sweet toasty malts. This beer is so perfectly, brilliantly balanced it is easy to accept as very simple and straight forward yet on further inspection you will notice the remarkable depth it has; with tropical fruit flavors in the sweetness and so much more beneath the creamy malts. The finish is slick & easy and plenty sweet with a magnificent lingering bitterness. After two or three that aftertaste stuck with me for hours.
Mouthfeel: Solid strong body that stands up in the mouth. It is slick oily and thick through the center but wrapped with prickly hops that keep it feeling very active. A beer this sweet should not be overly carbonated and this one is perfect! It has enough carbonation to hold up the mouthfeel but not too much to impede the easy drinking nature of a gem like Simcoe.
Drinkability: EXCEPTIONAL! Wow! Not to say this is a session beer by any means, but rating this beer in the style of DIPAs I have found this to be the easiest drinking most pleasant beer I have had since Ruination. I will need to do a side by side but this one seems to be more sweet and creamy buttery. MMM! It is an extreme (big) beer so it is not sessionable but it is so incredibly easy to put down two of these and leave you wanting, that I had to consider it a 5. I have found that this is a perfect beer to have with some sharp cheddar cheese. Especially if you want it to mellow a bit on the aftertaste then remember the cheese and truly enjoy this one! Weyerbacher, way to go! You knocked this one so far out of the ball park it scored in a new league!
Hope this is helpful.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hop aroma. Extremely hoppy with lots of citrus and pine. Slightly thick almost syrupy sweetness in the finish. Very good, a hop heads dream.