TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask pour at Jake Melnick’s Charity Event (Chicago, IL). Pours a well hazed darker amber pour, some fire on the edges, with a small frothy head that dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are a healthy citrusy grapefruit, rushes of lemon and florals, some grass, very fruity grapefruit dominated nose with touches of biscuits, pale malts, bread. A bit sticky. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering a decent (fairly strong for a cask) bitterness up front and grapefruit, lemons come into the fold with florals, grass, touches of pale malts, bread, touch of toast hits the middle. Overall, the grapefruit element grows slowly into the finish, ending with a decent to stronger bitterness, dry and inviting on a lighter bodied beer. Grapefruit is the theme here, albeit not overpowering, just a bit of a simple hop profile. Finish is a touch thin, with some decent bitterness and lingering hops. Dry and grapefruit dominated. I enjoyed it, it was fresh, albeit the cask probabkly quashed some of the strength here. Pretty nice.
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Floral hoppy aroma with some light citrus notes. The flavor has citric and floral hops with some sweet malty notes. Not bad.
csaso (1610) - Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - small foamy head, dark amber color, nice hop flavor with a good malt backing
DalzAle (2003) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Dark dirty orange brown pour a little carbonation and a medicinal hop aroma. Flavor is heavy malt, syrupy subdued bitter oranges and hops and some noticeable alcohol. Not bad, but there are more enjoyable DIPA’s for the money.
pkbites (705) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I find this a tad overrated. Nice orangy pour with frothy off white cream head. Citrus and floral nose. The hops are actually too hoppy. They drown out all the malt which is there but undetectable due to the hops. rather than complementing the malt, the hops completely kill it.
AWISLguy (1655) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can supplied for trick-or-treating by ck1 - thanks bro! Aroma has fresh sweet citrusy fruit, in spades. Some hoppy grassy blend and some pine, but fresh fruit. Taste brings pineapple, mango (I always think mango, at least) and pine. Finishes sweet and a bit syrupy. Very nice and surprising! A different take on a double ipa with the flavors. ck1 thought far superior to having it on tap.
andyhwcinc (1618) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on the Friday of Halloween weekend, just waiting to see some bad costumes over the weekend. Appearance is a cloudy vibrant golden amber with a rich white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of pure hops, somewhere between citrus and floral, a bit of bready malt in the back end. Taste is overtly bitter, like rip the enamel from your tooth bitter, and the citrus notes give it kind of a sweet / sour like quality, but not in a bad way. Heavy body, medium carbonation, definitely on the sweeter side for the style, not bad though.
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can to snifter. Pours hazy amber with a big foamy kahki head that rests to a foamy film. Aroma is pungent grapefruit and spruce with a funky caramel sweetness. Taste is bitter piny hops and appricots and a caramel sweetness and rye breadiness. Palate is full and sticky with a chaulky dry finish.
kaser (3789) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge IPA. Heavy and hoppy but not slap you in the face hoppy. Comparable to Hopslam, one of my favorites. Good job on this local beast
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy dark amber with a 2 finger, oily beige head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, floral and spicy hops, sweet malt, caramel and hay. Flavor is big grapefruit and citrus peel, toast, sweet malt, caramel, hints of stone fruit and spice, finishes with bitter citrus. Palate is pretty heavy for 8%, with a slick, slightly creamy entry, medium carbonation and dry, somewhat astringent finish. Not a bad IIPA, but the whole experience is a bit quick. At first sip it seems nice, but the palate dries out quickly, compelling you to gulp it down and it doesn’t have much for fading flavors after that. The astringency wouldn’t be bad if it didn’t come on almost immediately.