chickenflea (280) - 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 couldnít 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 canít 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 íexplosioní when describing great beer of this style, but thereís 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.
icehawk (214) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber pour with thin head. Sweet, heavy body. Sipper, borders on barleywine. Good stuff.
ElipNYC (5) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance is dreadful, cloudy and unappetizing in color. But the flavor is complex, refreshing and punchy... Citrus notes.
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Zer0 (84) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12 fl oz. pours clear copper with some residue. Aroma of pine and grapefruit. Taste is malty, pine, citrus, grapefruit and a bit earthy. Good beer.
podey (553) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle at ABV. Pours apricot orange with a thick white head. Aroma has huge notes of pineapple, oranges and grapefruit. Taste is juicy hops, tropical fruits and a slight hint of pine. The hops are nicely balanced against the malts. This was a fairly well baalnced IPA that was definitely drinkable.
20107589 (91) - randers, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a bit toast aroma, floral, cloudy red, and a thick white head. strong bitterness and soft sweetness.
matthewjk (744) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good experience, but I canít stand the sight of sediment floating around in my beer! Hold this up to a bright light and you will see a turbid mess. Yet, the Double Simcoe smells wonderful and has a nice bite to it. For a DIPA, I actually noticed the malt backbone, which held this thing together. Aesthetically unappealing, but decent brew.
Ed5388 (628) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a murky dark orange color with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma is tons of Simcoe hops! Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, with some bready malt characteristics. Taste is what I expected....bitter (in a good way). Lots of grapefruit, pine, resin, and some sweet malt.
nocsimian (11) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Poured from a growler. Solid half inch creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. Long lasting. Alcohol leaves decent legs as the glass swirls. Aroma is muted, perhaps a little yeasty. Not getting the simcoe that I was expecting. Cloudy that doesnít clear as warmed in the hand. Slight hints of caramel in the after bite followed by a bit hoppiness. Easy drinking. Almost sessionable if it wasnít for the 9%.
rougeau13 (1646) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark caramel color with a nice cream colored head with spotty lacing. Aroma of citrus, toast, dank, and caramel. Well balanced taste; plenty of good bitterness. Medium body; dry. Nice.
TET (1130) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An orangebrown beer with a weak and beige head. Aroma is tropical, mangos, pineapples, grapefruits and pine, some fructose. Taste starts with strong bitterness, but itís balanced with nice/low sweetness, pine, some grapefruits, hint of caramell. The aftertaste is quite dry and there are also even some resin. Almost full bodied, slippery and nice to drink. Very nice DIPA that qives what it promises, strong bitterness and balanced sweetness, no fruits in the taste, but straightforward and piney bitterness.