tennisjoel (1138) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep murky red brown body beneath a large pillowy frothy head. Perfect appearence. Lovely hop aroma of fresh pine, grapefruit. So good, so drinkable. This is just lovely. Regular double simcoe is great, but this takes it up a notch and is simply divine. A perfect drinking experience. I havenít been wowed like this for a long time.
carl4beer (520) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 cork and cage. Pours with vigorous head... as it settles, a little creamy. very hoppy aroma of grapefruite, citrus, pine and yummy. the mouthful is very bubbly with a creamyness that is delightful. there is an earthy edge to the the massive hops that crazy good. This is a great beer gone epic.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml - The Wine Source (week of initial release). Dark hazed coppery orange, thick foamy off-white head (great lacing). Fresh pine and spruced wet-earth aromas ride soft undercurrents of cedar and sweet peachy caramel. Bold white grapefruit zest and pine hop bitterness flow smoothly over notes of light sweet malt with a dry bitter wood fade. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Bottles with age on it are still good, but this ultra fresh bottle was absolutely killer! As much as I love the filtered version, this should be in the 12oz - 4 packs year round in my opinion...
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 750ml, corked & caged bottle from once upon a vine. opens with a splendid cork pop and pours a gorgeous, deep, dark copper with a perfect, one inch, vanilla head, great lacing and full retention through the whole glass. aroma is excellent with huge piney, herbal, and slightly catty hops, big notes of candied grapefruit and orange peel, with subtle floral notes backed by a bit of spice and leafy earth. flavor is simply phenomenal. huge, juicy, white grapefruit citrus hop bitterness up front with elements of tangerine and pineapple, backed by sweeter notes of vanilla cream, toffee, and sticky bun. mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky and resinous, but with great carbonation and smooth drinkability. finish is a wonderfully bold, bitter assault of citrus hops. overall, this is truly a massive, epic IIPA.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle via Mys Swap 4 (thanks daknole!). Pours a very hazy copper with a large head. Nose is pure simcoe..ie pine needle bliss meets pine syrup bliss in hop heavan. Taste is the same and i also get some orange and apricot...this is beyond good.....
Listigovers (273) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 750mL bottle. Beautiful day on the patio, from a Chimay glass. Cloudy, big beautiful head and sparkling body. Flowers and fruit aroma. Huge flavours and a very nice finish, alcohol is hidden well although it is very obviously a strong beer. Lots of hops. Poured in sediment and the colour changed from orange to beige, really. Completely opaque. Hop monster turns into yeast monster, wow! Great beer!
jritte04 (1) - - SEP 3, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great IPA. A couple of friends gifted this to me, so I only have one bottle of it but I am certainly going to fix that soon.
The pour is lively with a brassy tint and a decent head. The aroma is the first standout property that you notice - the aroma has all the usual spice and fruit tones, but also has a ...zing that makes you want to get to the drinking part real quick. The initial taste cinches the proposition. Hops and more hops. No beer has a better hop taste than this. The taste mellows on your tongue a bit after the initial tartness of the hops, but retains a decent roundness, but nothing worth putting off the next sip for. And thatís my single complaint with this beer - the finish. The finish is weaker than I expected for a beer that comes on so strong from the beginning.
Overall, one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
Heathen (1386) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: The original was one of the first double IPAs I had and one of my favorites. Comparing the two is almost like the difference between OJ with and without the pulp. I think this is less grapefruity and more piney. A great beer made even better. Hid alcohol way better than the original.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brownish, orangey, red with a large foamy, off-white head that kept a very nice sheet and left fair to good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate caramel malt, heavy pine, resinous, grapefruit and earthy hops, a little orange hops, moderate yeast, and perhaps a slight funk, that might have just been all those hops. The initial flavor was sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and rather bitter. There was caramel malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, earthy hops, yeast, pine hops, funk, a little more orange than in the aroma. The full body was creamy with soft, but tingly carbonation. and a dry and ever so slightly alcoholic finish.
craftbeerdesign (2123) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml corked íní caged bottle... Excellent! I love this beer... it pours a deep burnt red like a Barleywine... not your typical IIPA. huge overflowing rocky off white head... big citrus hop notes backed by some serious malts... some lingering spice notes in there as well... big body full of deep citrus hops, some biting grapefruit, pine notes and orange peels... big smacking finish which leaves your mouth coated in hops... smooth and intense body give the hophead reason to rejoice. love this version.... damn fine.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The labels information includes the ABV only whit is listed at 9%.
Appearance: This beer pours very hazy as expected with an almost ice tea like color. On top is a light tan head of about two to three fingers thickness. This head is long lasting and makes tons of sweet slick lacing on the glass.
Smell: There is an interesting balance of sweet malt and citrusy grapefruit hops. Deeper in the aroma there are some lemony herbal spicy notes as well.
Taste/Palate: There is an extreme full bodied hit in the mouth of citrusy grapefruity hops, sweet bready malt, yeast, herbal citrusy tea like hops and sweet brown sugar notes. Hop bitterness seems to only catch up in the finish. The finish is slow with all things coming together melting into the tongue. It is full bodied and full textured with a bit a chew to it. The carbonation is good and keeps things from getting sticky or cloying.
Notes: This one knocked me for a loop. There is a ton of hop flavor and complexity with this wonderful single hopped ale.