RABinVA (990) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Updated rating now that Iíve tasted 3 different batches over the last year or so. Seems to have really hit the mark with this latest (Feb. 2013) batch.
------- one really took me by surprise. Perfectly balanced, beautiful citrusy aroma with the perfect amount of bite. Pours a lighter than most DIPAs but packs just as much punch.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2012 Thanks to ksurkin for this gem. Pours such a deep and remarkable copper-gold color. Fragrant and rich hops explode from the glad, citrus, resin, grassy. Flavor is amazing. Such complexity and hop flavor without any excess bitterness. Oh hell yes.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from watson1977 (THANKS!!). Pours clear amber with a nice soapy white head that fades to a wispy film and sudsy collar. Aroma is bright and clean orange peel and piny citrus hops. Taste is so smooth and clean with a great citrus piny bitter hops and gentle caramel that balances everything very nicely. Palate is medium and smooth with a dry chalky finish. This is one of the best Double IPAís I have had.
DalzAle (1843) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by portableparty! Clear dark orange pour, soapy carbonation and an aroma of fresh oranges and a little hops. Flavor is clean soapy orange hops, very light malt to balance it out and finished fruity and dry with a hint of bitters. God damn, fucking awesome.
polomagnifico (1157) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from ksurkin, thanks Ken!! Aroma has huge notes of fresh citrus, tropical fruits, flowers, caramel, toasted malts and some light herbs. Great hop monster! Medium/dark amber orange hue with an average off-white head that left good lace. Flavor is very heavy bitter and heavy sweet. Palate is full bodied and watery soft/average. Overall a wonderful IIPA. The best Iíve had in quite some time! Fantastic brew on every level!
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer itself is a transparent light caramel color with a bubbly off-white head that fades away as the glass progresses.
There is a fair amount of bready sweetness in the nose to go along with a mainly grapefruit and pine hop bitterness. There is some other tropical fruit as well.
This a well constructed East Coast DIPA, which I enjoyed, despite my preference moving away from that style toward the West Coast hop bombs. There is a noticeable sweetness up front that I would guess is mostly pale malt with a bit of caramel malts blended in. Citrus hops carry most of the flavor, with grapefruit bitterness being the strongest. Spicy pine adds a kick toward the end. Some pineapple and mango add a little bit more of a tropical fruit kick in the background.
For a DIPA, this has a fuller body and medium carbonation. It is smooth and pleasant, with a smooth filtered feel.
tcane7 (1343) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Copper color, good lacy. Very earthy flavor, oniony. Good citrus flavor and mouthfeel. Originally, 4.2
Bomber, shared with and courtesy of Pat. Pours copper, small head, with decent lacing. Aroma of sweaty Armenian taint...pure onion. Sweet malt flavor quickly fades as the bitter hops take over. All earthy oniony, slightly floral, earthy hop flavor. Top notch IPA
tastybeer (1486) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is deeper gold with a white head, good retention/some lace. Aroma of big citrus, floral hops, caramel malt. Taste is bitter citrus: tangerine, pineapple, resin, caramel/toffee malt, light booze. Palate is soft, oily, long bitter finish. Very good.
adamjackson (1750) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up in a trade. Very stoked to try this very highly sought after beer.
A - Beautiful copper and gold colored beer. Excellent clarity and really gorgeous. Half a finger of head was produced on a moderate pour. Nothing too impressive in that regards. The beer has solid lacing on the glass each swirl.
S - Nice big hop profile. Lots of pine, hop resin, citrus fruits like lemon and tangerine. Very fruity and very hoppy. Iím getting a solid degree of dry hops as well. Smells exactly as a DIPA should.
T - Whoa. Gigantic hop explosion, lots of bitterness and very mind blowing. Iím getting loads of hops on the front and back of the tongue. Thereís a nice malty taste at the back of my tongue, lots of citrus on the front.
M - 90% carbonation on a mouth swish which opens up more of the citrus profile. Lingering hop resin is a bit hard to deal with though.
O - Itís like an amped up Hopslam or perhaps a bigger version of Heady Topper. It lacks the smoothness of Pliny or the drinkability of Daisy Cutter. Itís somewhere in the middle but wicked impressive.
TheEpeeist (3049) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Clear copper brass with a webby white head. Nose is cat, caramel, orange, grapefruit and musk. Slick, oily, bitter yet cloying with a lingering buzz. Taste is onion grass, toffee, grapefruit peel and earth. Finishes dank with herbal spice and Old Spice. Quite hoppy but too feral, coarse and gritty for my taste.