ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a ridiculously hazy dark orange color. I usually have good luck with unfiltered IPAs, so my hopes are a bit high now. The head is ridiculous in its retention; otherwise itís three fingers high and off-white in shade. Iím a huge fan of how it sticks to the glass, doing everything it can to not fade away. Needless to say, the lacing is very impressive, too.
S: No citrus or tropical fruits here - this is pine, pine, herbs, and more pine to the core. The hops come through well, providing a nice floral aroma. Some malty sweetness comes through, as well, and maybe a touch of grapefruit peel. Just a touch. It doesnít smell very impressive when its cold, but comes out of its shell when left to sit a while. Still, I wish it were fruitier.
T: Straight-up bitter. Not quite at "death by pine tree impalement" levels, but definitely at "scraping your tongue with a pine cone" level, easily. Lots of pine bitterness hits the palate first, which seems to gradually fade on the palate. There are also some actually some nice tropical fruit flavors sandwiched between the bitter opening and dry finish, along with some of the malt backbone coming through (moreso as it warms up). Still, finding the former takes hard work - and I donít want any of that shit, itís Labor Day weekend for cryiní out loud.
M: This is why I like a good unfiltered IPA. Itís quite crisp and dry - definitely not clean, though - and easy to drink. The initially full body does a good job of getting out of the way in time for the finish, and carbonation levels are spot on. Where it goes slightly awry is how the tongue-twisting bitter dryness fatigues the palate after a while.
O: Iím so thankful this isnít one of those generically bitter IPAís. There are some decent hop flavors here hidden behind the wall of bitter, and is a decent drink at the end of the day. Still, I canít help but think how much better this would be if it were all tropical fruits with minimal bitterness. As it stands, its only standout quality is its unfiltered nature - otherwise it has a whiff of the "same old, same old" east coast pine bomb to it.
zvikar (2783) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours orange to yellow hazy with a huge head, aroma is fresh with tropical fruits, green, with mango, pineapple, flavor is green and bitter with grapefruit, lemon, lemon skin, low sweetness, medium bodied, nice
snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bomber. Pours opaque orange copper with a foamy, frothy off white head. Tastes like strong hops, strong malt, strong orange citrus. Sweet, dry feel, but medium body and carbonation. Smells like malty, nutty, orange, sweet hops, and malt.
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with frothy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, faint caramel, floral and grassy notes, lemon zest, and light orange peel. Flavor is grassy and pine hop bitterness forward with biscuit malt base and some grapefruit esters; dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.
glennmastrange (2145) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate roasted and caramel for the malt, light to moderate herbs and pine for the hops, dough for the yeast, with a hint of coriander. Head is average to large, frothy, off-white with some darker swirls, has good lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is murky medium amber/orange. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily, with a lively carbonation. A little too malt forward for a true to style DIPA but itís full of flavors and is very easy to drinking.
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2013. Hazy orange copper pour with good white head. Slightly stinky Orange citrus and forest pine aroma and flavor. Subtle notes of honey and caramel malt. A little hop sweetness up front, but Very bitter on the tail. Not amazing, but not certainly drinkable.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very drinkable IPA. Not aggressive enough to be deemed a DIPA, but perhaps a month earlier trip to Caponeís would have made a difference.
nathan30533 (546) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Great color, lacing, aroma, taste. Hops, and sweetness. Great tasting double IPA.
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large, rocky, off white head with excellent retention and a ton of coating lace.Ugly ass, murky orange/copper hued brew, looks like Tang. Nice, spicy hop nose, floral and earthy with notes of fruit, citrus and mango with large piny effort. Body is full, juicy, chewy and resiny with a very gentle carbonation, sorta silky. Big pine and citrus flavors are daunting but worth the effort and bury the malts easily. Lil sulphur finishes a dry biting hop bitterness. No need for a C+C bottle though. Fairly big brew.
callmemickey (2253) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange body, medium sized white head, soapy lacing. Orange rind, resin, and pine. Light crackery malts. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, aggressive bitterness. A bit heavy handed with the hops, but enjoyable.
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Cloudy orange. Lovely hoppy aroma full of citrus and tropical fruits, a bit "green". Dry-ish flavor with faint sweetness, lots of fruity hops and a nice big bitterness. Medium-bodied, slightly heavy. A good one.