Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned. Poured clear, lighter orange with a short, dense off-white head. The aroma picked up a heavy blend of oranges and floral notes with lesser honey.. warm and a bit muddled, but no real complaints. The flavor found sweet biscuit and lesser fruity notes at the core, with spicy pine, black pepper, and orange zesty bitterness around.. some fusel alcohols on the back and through the finish. Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. OK feel and flow.. not a great DIPA, but certainly drinkable.
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not your typical Double IPA in terms of hops and flavor, but quite good in its own right. Starting with the aroma, it has a caramel sweetness almost candy to it and less on the citrus and floral side you usually have with an IPA. Pours a cloudy dark orange/brown color with a thin white head that does leave some lacing. Medium body and mouth feel. The taste is not typical of an IPA much less a double IPA. It front loads with caramel and some sweet malt and less on the floral or citrus hops, though those notes of flavor are buried in there. Not as complex as most double IPA’s and more balanced with the caramel and malt. Overall, an interesting and very drinkable (especially at 8% abv) offering.
HeadyDE (604) - Delaware, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of dried apricots..not getting much else from the nose..pretty faint..dark orange with small film on top..sweet malty taste with decent piney..spruce..and a bit of hops on the finish..pretty creamy and goes down smooth..hard to believe this is 8%..decent double..worth trying once..
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma- pungent herbal notes, some bitter hops, funk
Appearance- murky brown with a white head
Taste- definite hop punch upfront followed by some malts, definite funk, spiciness, oak
Palate- appropriate mouthfeel for the style
Overall- A funky take on a DIPA. Quite hoppy but also spicy. Not really doing it for me.
Misterbum (2) - Island Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on draft at the brewery/pub, Barrington, IL. Have to say, I am surprised such a decent brew lies just 20 min from my house. Aroma was pleasant, 1-finger head, nice looking beer. The taste was very nice, a nice mix of hoppy fruitiness without a harshness afterwards. I could drink a bunch of this stuff. The 8.0 ABV% is masked very well. Happy to know of another local brewpub up here in Lake County, IL in addition to Tighthead, etc. Would definitely have this again.
can8ianben (1415) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t remember much about this one -- sampled in the middle of an overwhelming 2012 Lansdale Beer Fest.
Strykzone (5626) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can bought in Grafton. Opaque golden brown with a one finger off white head. I smell complex hops and caramel. Big complex hops are tasted, too. Citrus and pine are easily discerned. Caramel is big and has a bit of cinnamon along side it. Perhaps some applesauce and yeast, too. Bitterness here is just moderate. This swings back and forth between tart and sweet and is big on both sides of that spectrum. Good balance. I really can’t find a lot of fault with this one. It is right down the middle of its style.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Top at Whole Foods in Schaumburg. Cloudy rusty orange color pour with. One finger off white head. Not much aroma but what there is is faint citrus. Taste is perfume and lemon with a boozy malt flavor. Creamy mouthfeel which is probably the best quality of this beer. I had it on tap before and didn't remember much about it. Now I am reminded why.
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Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. Rating #64. Hazy dark orangish color with a big beige head. Light pine with a nice touch of citrus and pineapple. Nice citrus flavor, grapefruit and a little more pineapple. Nice stuff. (2454)
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s a DIPA in a can? This looks fun. There’s a whole lot of business in this dark red, bubbling concoction. The earthiness was big and there was a little of that over-the-top, hopped, bitter pine-sol thing going on. It’s medium bodied and filling. Hop Slayer is both drinkable and gut busting - you’ll need an appetite to finish it off.