ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
bigrond (1408) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this was a really good IPA but not a great one. If your a hop head this is definitely worth a try but donít expect to be wowed.
mrhopsbeertalk (36) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle i tried was approaching the end of itís recommended lifespan. Although the aroma was a bit diminished and very slightly tainted, the flavor was still amazing. What a great blend of hops(Apollo, Calypso, Centennial, and Galaxy ). I Looking forward to trying this fresh next Spring.
swoopjones (4885) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, caged & corked. orange gold pour, orange pith in aroma & flavor. citrus hops, all hops, little malt balance. OK
to14go (26) - ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Strong grapefruit aroma. F**k!! Really bittery. Cant feel almost nothing but the hops but still a bit sweet. Not my fav. Style but good beer.
nimbleprop (3845) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle pours a very hazy, translucent dark orange with some frothy, lacing, white head. Nose is musty, must be an old bottle, orange peel, pine needles, cardboard, lemon, some dried out grapefruit zest. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet, pithy, cardboard, a little light candy, pine sap. Musty, bitter finish. Old school DIPA, loads of bitterness with not a whole lot else.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep orange pour wit ha sticky white head. Aroma is citrus hops and sticky caramel malt. Flavor is similarly deep citrus with a lot of caramel malt backbone. good but not mindblowing.
radagast83 (3734) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Split a bottle with a couple of co-workers. Poured a nice hazy orange color with a pretty sizable foamy white head. Aroma was fresh, crushed hop flowers, with citrus and pine notes behind them. Flavor had a light tropical fruit note to them, with some nice bitterness and a good malt balance to this one. Pretty enjoyable.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle. Large off-white head atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some catty. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit rind, catty. Soft medium body, fairly resinous. Just a plain olí hop bomb.
jgb9348 (4274) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich caramel and toffee coloured body with hints of orange and amber and a rich six centimetre tall tan head with zillions of bubbles - very nice. Aroma of tons of hops, a good dose of bread and yeast, some noticeable sugars and way more hops - this is packed. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong citrusey, piney, herbal and resinous hop flavours throughout with a lot of sweetness noticeable, such as honey, apricots and a bit of caster sugar. Aftertaste shows some herbal and grassy hop notes, but a lot of pine and resin flavours are the big flavours here with some sweetness and alcohol not far behind. Overall, a nice and deep Imperial IPA that shows its character most in the initial tastes with the palate more reminiscent of a traditional IPA. This is a nice beer and strong, but not as strong as most Imperial IPAs - but the bottle size was a bit of a downer - iíd prefer this in a small format bottle. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 12-September-2013 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 13-October-2013.
Strife21 (28) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good but nothing ground breaking here. Would prefer other DIPA over this but it was pretty good non the less.
Fairly bitter has a good bit of pine, resin and floral hops in the taste but not a ton of citrus or grapefruit maybe a tiny bit. Finish is very dry and bitter. Lacks complexity though doesnít seem to be much malt influence on this beer.