chickenflea (311) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark for an IPA. Cloudy as well. I am intrigued by what is to come. Two finger off white head settles in. Lacing is generous and persistent, coating the glass. This brew has some substance. I am salivating over an opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite styles.
The first whiff is intriguing. I couldn’t help pass the newly opened bottle under my nose before pouring. Simcoe hops. This should be an education as well as an adventure. Do I sense a roastiness? Strange for the style, but very pleasant. The hops smell delicious. Not quite as aggressively hoppy as Cascade. There is an earthiness, almost tobacco like quality here as well. The malts smell delicious as well. This is one of the best smelling beers. A yeasty cheesy hint is in there as well.
Oh, but the taste! The malt is right there immediately. Almost too sweet, but the malt never overwhelms the other flavors that come parading through. The hops are huge, but not astringent. This is not the withering English hop profile. It is a citrusy like a navel orange. The combination with the malt produces a tropical flavor. Some pine sap overtones in the finish. This beer is so delicious, I can’t believe it. Sip after sip does not disappoint.
The flavor follows the smell...thankfully.
The flavor profile is an absolute dead ringer for the nasal profile and is even more bombastic. Sometimes I think I overuse the word ’explosion’ when describing great beer of this style, but there’s no other word that comes close to capturing the density and intensity of the flavor. Detonaton perhaps? Only a hint of alcohol.
This beer is a chewy as some imperial stouts. Wonderful. It causes the flavor to cling to your mouth. My tastebuds have fallen into a long wet kiss. Where did this beer come from. It should really be no surprise. It is a double IPA. But this beer is exceptional in most categories.
I have had several Weyerbacher offerings in the past. They were of high quality. But this is the best of all their offerings. Great job.
cstram (3) - Waldwick, USA - FEB 23, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hoppy with a bright finish. Absolutely love this beer and easily can drink more than one in a sitting.
rustbucket0873 (264) - Krikville, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance is cloudy amber, with a white head. the aroma is citrus, grapefruit, alcohol. The taste is malt up front with some caramel and citrus, followed by grapefruit and pine. at the very end it finishes with the distinctive taste of the simcoe hops. The palate is heavy, but no over bearing, nice complement with the flavor. Overall this is really good, and its a nice relaxing beer to drink.
motelpogo (6111) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, from base camp in prague. amber with a thin but persistent head; aroma of pine, grapefruit and mango nectar; loads of bitterness, surprisingly dry yet zesty. doesn’t surprise you with the characteristics of its flavour and aroma, just with their intensity
Cuso (3638) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, many thanks to coldbrewky. dark orange color with medium off-white head. Fruity and malty aroma. Taste, solid malty base with caramel followed by nice portion of hops with grapefruit, oranges, mango, lychee, tangerines, orange zest, pines, spices. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.
robgibbens (387) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured at World of Beer into tulip glass. Dull orange color, nice lacing. Big hop aroma. Bitter flavor with an interesting chewiness, astringent. Citrus and smooth finish.
Frovigalning (2667) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a shop in Copenhagen. Pine, citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Similar taste with a carmel malty backbone. The hops is slightly faded.
Anatole (80) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur cuivre. Bonne amertume en bouche mais peu de persistance. Une IPA dans le sens général du terme. Dans la bonne moyenne mais ne sort pas du lot.
firefly765 (67) - - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well bounce bottle pours an orange copper color with low to moderate head. A nice spicy citrusy aroma. A ton of hop particles suspended in the beer. A nice smooth tasting IPA that's not really anything special.
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PhatB420 (588) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz into large stemmed Ommengang glass. Pours a dark ruby amber and musty brown, looks ugly. Head is small, fades fast, marshmellow brown, 1cm remains and some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh citrus, orange peel, orange spice, booze, grass, and marmlade. Taste is juicy orange, hops, grapefruit, and resinous volumes of the simcoe, which is pungent, zestful and superb. Drinkablility is vibrant and the 9% doesnt dumb down the brew, but it is noticeable. No freshness date on glass, seems to still hold the hop freshness a dipa should obtain. Lots of sediment floating in the brown murky pond of the brew, A nice orange/hop mix lingers in the aftertaste. Nice.
Patjeadam (47) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good ipa. First smell is very pleasant with the citrus notes. The taste is flowery, citrus and has a long lasting bitter aftertaste. It had 9 percent, but it is not boozy at all. On my hotlist of very good imperial ipa's!
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