ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
Westchesterco (1215) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured com a bottle it is a cloudy golden golf with a slight head. The aroma is fruity maybe apricot and the taste is bittersweet that has a definate bitter finish with overtones of fruit
Iphonephan (3856) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy copper with an off white head. Grassy hop nose. Flavors of citrus an alfalfa. Bitter finish.
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ahh Iím quite sure I had an old bottle. Hops were very faded and astringent. Very little malt character... just not good at all. Would love to try fresh.
MadRobin (2173) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 750ml bottle. This bottle is certainly past its prime. I purchased it in December and subsequently learned it was a spring release. Thought I should open it before the end of the year.
Very hazy, coppery orange with a 4-finger billowing head and very good lacing.
Aroma of citrus, muted tropical fruit, pine, grass and malt.
Taste of light fruit, citrus, aging tropical fruit, pine and caramel.
Medium body and high/medium carbonization.
I'm sure this was better and with brighter hops when it was fresh. The only date on the bottle was "2014," so I had no way of knowing it was not fresh. In any case, I can only rate the beer in front of me.
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kramer (5213) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper body under a one inch frothy off-white head thy had nice retention. The nose is a little more muted on the hops than I was expecting. Itís citrusy, but thereís a heavy caramel component that obscures them pretty well. The flavor is fairly bitter up front, but the heavy sweet maltiness really takes over in the middle. A decent lingering bitterness on the back end. Thereís a nice light yeastiness that softens and rounds out the hops pretty nicely. Medium bodied with a slight resiny cling on the back end. Decent DIPA, but not as bright and crisp as I like for the style.
Leafs93 (1790) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange with a white fluffy head. Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus and yeast. Taste is moderate bitters with some sweetening. Medium bodied, alcohol well hidden, smooth with a quick finish. Overall this is a delicious IIPA that holds up well throughout.
TheHopster (861) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bomber bottle). Brought to Mark's house to split. The bottle is clearly past prime as it is a springtime beer and now November. Nice hazy amber complexion. Bitter hop flavor.
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Matt_Foran (73) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice hazy orange color with nice foamy head. Aroma pulls a nice hop and citus note. To taste you pick up the hops immediately with a nice malt note on the back end. Finishes great on the palate. This is a great beer!
AndyW68 (1181) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange brown with off white head. Aroma is hops, malt, wheat and dry grass. Taste is similar. Bitter and sweet.
60minuteman (939) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Potent aroma of toasted hops, sweet hops, wheat, pale malt, hay and caramel. Flavor is the same. Bitterness is strong, hops are sweet, finish is sticky. Another IIPA from Weyerbacher but I like the diversity in them.