Huhzubendah (2809) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer is clear and orange hued with a small, white head. Plenty of sticky lacing coats the pint glass. The aroma is quite nice, offering grapefruit, misc. citrus, fresh hops. The flavor follows suit. Gotta love a fresh, citrusy DIPA. A touch of honey sweetness in the back. Lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol content well disguised. Highly drinkable, it was just too easy to drink the bomber unaided. I wish I had more. This is easily the best DIPA to emerge from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area so far.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2012
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Nice to snap this one up after missing out on the trade wave. Faintly cloudy orange pour with a still lively carbonation to it. Faint caramel malts in the nose along with bright fruity hops, hints of something spicey in there. Mouthfeel is lively and brings out the flavors quite nicely. Palate not too hot, and this accentuates the piney, spicey bits. Flavors consistently good, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by this brew.
callmemickey (3422) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange-amber body. Large white head. Spotty lacing. Nose is full of tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine and resin. Underlying pale malts creep in. Incredibly flavorful bright IPA... an unexpected treat from an under the radar brewery. Medium bodied, refreshing bitterness, dry finish.
SPDickerman (1018) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle thanks to my Secret Santa, Beerman6686. Pours mostly clear orange with a tiny white head. Smells of citrus, flowers, and hints of tropical fruits. Taste is bitter, sweet oranges, and hints of tropical fruits and flowers. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Williamsburg AleWerks Bitter Valentine finishes with some sweetness that fades to bitterness.
j25stew (4) - Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best examples of a DIPA I have ever had. Bitter but not harsh. malt backing is great and truly an easy drink to get down.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy orange with thin white head, aroma brought notes of some caramel and toffee, grass and pine notes with some sweet grapefruit and orange jam, some hints of earth and spice with a touch of spice. Taste is decent but nothing special, some nice grain and caramel, into orange, grapefruit, some pine and grass notes finishing off fairly sweet with some fading bitterness. A bit underwhelming.
Beerman6686 (5081) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a semi cloudy bright orange color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of tropical fruit, mainly mangos and oranges, lighter caramel malt and some lgiht alcohol notes. Flavor was lots of fresh in your face fruityness, a little candy sweetness and a touch of booze. Pretty damn good stuff.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, roughly 2 months old. nose and flavor both just full of resin and orange oil and fruit gelatin and wood oil. caramel-heavy, resin-heavy pine sap and strong alcohol. medium-thick body, high bitterness, strong spice / oil / wood resin and alcohol in the finish with lingering spice cabinet character. definitely not worthy of top-10 double IPA placement, even affording a bit of improvement given freshness. the hops didn’t seem too faded, so I have to believe either people are getting something drastically different at the source or this just happens to be what people consider good double IPA.
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Armin for sharing - lightly hazy copper - a little oxidation in the nose, but still seems fairly fresh, with a fair amount of grapefruit, lightly sweet malt - a fair amount of fusel alcohol comes through as it warms - flavor is medium sweet - a lot of retro nasal alcohol - burns in the finish - strongly resinous hops - grapefruit - very sweet in the finish - messy.
adnielsen (9910) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Matt’s house, courtesy of arminjewell. Big thanks, Armin! Hazy, a bit reddish, orange appearance with an off white head. Somewhat resiny, quite rich grapefruity, tangy, herbal hoppy aroma. Somewhat toasty, rich grapefruit, lemon/orange citrusy, garlic, somewhat chewy flavor with some booze on the finish. Pretty good but not world class.