scooter520 (185) - - FEB 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Whole Foods. Appearance: clear golden orange color, soapy yellowish white head. Aroma: floral citrus grapefruit, some pine. Taste: sweet floral citrus up front and throughout with that bitter hoppy pine joining in halfway through the end, balanced floral pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel: medium to thinner body. Overall: this is freaking delicious!!! Iíve always been a fan of their Drake Tail IPA and this blows me away. Well, well done!
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GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 651mL thanks to ksurkin. Pours clear, darker orange with a larger, yellow head. Soapier rather than rocky retention. Nice lace. Nose at first is fresh tropical fruits, slightly muted with too much soapy character. Decanting allows sweet honey and cantaloupe to emerge with vanilla and booze. Taste is nutty bitter, thicker, slightly slick with fatty macadamia nut. Quite the long, bitter finish. Palate is bit astringent, a bit butterscotch slick. 9% is well hidden. 2/24/2012 7/4/7/3/14=3.5
651mL from the Foodery in Philly. Awesome, rocky buttermilk to yellow head with nice retention and sticky lacing. Nose is fresh tropical melon, meaty jackfruit and sweet cantaloupe. Fresh, tropical hop nose. Taste is more quenching, more elusive quenching butterscotch. Nutty astringency is gone. Finish is neutral at first, about to be a superlative DIPA but gets slightly piney and tree bark bitter/aggressive over time in a long finish. But overall, much improved over my first bottle.
Our first bottle half froze trying to quickly chill it down for a tasting. Maybe thatís why it became overly bitter and nutty, but Iíve had beers freeze before that turned out perfectly fine. Maybe these ironically fragile DIPAs canít handle such freezing. Whoops. 3/2/2012 8/4/7/5/15=3.9
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crystal clear orange/copper pour with a magnanimous frothy white head. Nose isnít overly aromatic, but holds beautiful notes of fresh cheesy hops, tangerine, cedar and tamarack evergreen presence, grapefruit flesh, sage, pot, steaming bark mulch, and even touches of lighter floral components on the edges. Really interesting nose because it isnít nearly as big and vibrant as other IPAs, but good lord is it complex and balanced. Flavor brings more big earthy and evergreen hops with less citrus. Loam and spruce abound with some really good lemongrass bitterness about 4/5 of the way through the flavor. Iím a bit torn on the mouthfeel because i love a good aggressive hop character with that lingering bitterness, but at the same time the fact that theyíve rendered a 9% beer to taste like a sessionable 4% option is an otherworldly achievement. Really really good, and really cool because itís just different from almost any other double IPA out there.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks craftycarl21! Orange amber pour with a massive rocky white head that lingers nicely. Big dank fresh cheesy hops, orange peel flesh, and hints of evergreen in the nose. Very fresh and wet with summit like saltiness. The flavor holds hints of caramel malt with fresh hop dankness and orange peel, with sweet grapefruit juice notes and a bit of herbal evergreen. Very light and poundable, which is phenomenal given the abv. A great effort.
ReggieDunlap (2772) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear golden amber with a thick tan head...pretty decent retention. Aroma has nice stonefruits and citrus...peach, mango, pineapple...with just a hint spice and very faint biscuity notes. Flavor is loaded with floral citrus and stonefruit!...ni@e balance of sweet/floral and spicy...just a hint of piney notes. Very, very tasty with a nice amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a nice sticky hoppy finish that lingers with grapefruit. Great beer!
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! This is one fantastic IPA! Aromas are veritable herbal fruit salad. Tropical citrus fruit flavors waft across the palate finishing with a little bitterness. Overall a fantastic double IPA.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear light copper color with a medium sized frosty fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet grapefruit, fresh semi bitter hops, mango notes, pine and hints of floral tones. Taste of lightly sweetened grapefruit, mango, fresh hops and pine. Nicely balanced.
Calvinroots (8) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz from Grape and Gourmet. Poured a crystal clear amber orange color. Initial nose is pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Lightly carbonated and little head retention. The further through it the more piney and resinous it becomes. The beer is delicious. Incredibly smooth for such a huge IPA. I feel it could be slightly more carbonated. It sticks with ya for a second and mellows right out. A fantastic IPA that deserves to sit on the top shelf of IPAs. Proud to say this is brewed just down the street from me.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Grape and Gourmet. Bitter Valentine pours orangish color. Very little head, if any at all is poured. Nice clear pour. Little bit of lacing. Decent carbonation as bubbles shoot to the top of the glass.
Now on a lot of big IPAs I like to let the bottle sit there and see if the aroma of hops pour out of the bottle. A lot of really huge IPAs do this but with Bitter Valentine I really didnít get that. So I picked up my glass and took a huge whiff and was greeted by a really nice tropical fruit aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, apricot, mango, peach with a small bit of pine and a very little malt backbone. This is mainly just a fruity aroma. While very very nice for some reason I wanted more. But donít get me wrong here, itís fantastic. Straight up West Coast style with some East Coast thrown in.
The fruitiness in the aroma hits first with the taste. Just a barrage of tropical fruit. Good stuff. Then mid palette the fruitiness cuts off and bitterness comes in. Itís a lovely taste and got better and better as I drank. The taste matches the greatness of the aroma and you definitely canít say that about every beer. This beer rings in at 9% like I said but it doesnít really show up at all. Maybe a little bit of a burn on the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Coats the mouth and goes down nice.
TheBeerGod (4904) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Orange-amber sunset colored pour with a medium, frothy white head. Aroma is wet hops, citrus oils, pine, grapefruit, sweet malt and a ouch of caramel. Wet, fresh, luscious hops are the bulk of the taste of Bitter Valentine along with pine needles, grapefruit, citrus oils, sweet malt and chewy caramel. Thereís also soft pineapple, faint peach and hints of tropical fruit. Not overly bitter and perfectly balanced, flavor-wise. Body is slightly resinous with a soft, dense, creamy carbonation. Medium-full overall with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Finishes with more wet hops, pine, chewy caramel, sweet malt notes, grapefruit and peach. Very nice beer! Another home run for Geoff and Alewerks!