brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a cloudy dark orange with a finger’s worth of white head.
S: The nose is intensely perfumey with lots of grapefruit, mango, pine, and lemon zest. There’s a pretty nice pine aroma, and just an overall fruitiness to it.
T: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon zest give this a big fruitiness. Though it does have a lot of fruit notes, it’s also pretty intensely bitter and piney, which is very nice.
M: The body is medium with a pretty lively carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.
D: Certainly a very, very good IPA. Actually reminded me a lot of Sculpin, but more bitter. Would definitely like to have this one again. popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Thanks to Murchmac. Bottle. Enjoyable beer but lacking any real bitter bite and not quite as loaded down with hops as I prefer. The beer pours a cloudy, tawny orange-amber with a white head. A very nice sweet citrus and tropical fruit tone dominates the aroma. It’s almost entirely tangerine rind, mangoes and guava. There’s a hint of pine lurking in the background. However, it’s not quite as pungent as the best of the style. Surprisingly, the taste lacks nearly any assertive bitterness. There’s a bit of grapefruit pith in the finish, but this is one of the least bitter DIPAs that I’ve ever tasted. That said, it’s also not overly malty or particularly sweet. It just sorta lacks a strong taste note. The thin body and utter lack of hop oiliness in the mouthfeel emphasized this problem for me. It does have a nice hoppy aftertaste. It was an enjoyable beer to drink, but, ultimately, I found the beer rather disappointing. The taste fails to deliver on the promise of the smell. I’m happy to have tried it, but I don’t really understand the hype. robinvboyer (4836) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
Unbelievable aroma of grapefruit, sweet floral citrus. Its like drinking grapefruit juice! The only other beer to make me say that was a fresb hopslam! I cant get my nose out of the glass, its intoxicating! So sweet and juicy, the finish is a wicked pithy bitterness just like if you bit into a grapefruit! The citric aftertaste last forever. For hop addicts like myself, you must seek out this beer! I have no choice...... I have to give this a 5! Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 It smells so pleasant with a nice blend of citrus hop notes. The can sits in front of you and the beautiful scent of marijuanaesque hops wafts to the nose in an awesome way. It pours cloudy golden with an orange hue. Some of the cans have more prevalent hop sediment than others. Both bottles I tried had generous amounts for sure. The full juicy body goes down so smooth and the hop flavors reflect the aroma perfectly. There is no bite at all, the juicy citrus hops make it right to the cusp better never go over!!!! Perfect. Best IPA ever. j12601 (13473) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
On tap at the Alchemist on my way to Hill Farmstead for BWBDV. Pours a hazy gold amber with a medium to large sized white head. Huge citrus and pine aromas. Big juicy hops, sticky malt and caramel with a touch of alcohol. Finishes long and slow , thick with grapefruit and big quinine flavors. So good.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 Verre de 12 oz, au pub. Arômes très intenses de houblon américain, très résineux et fruité (agrumes). Robe pêche et trouble, légère mousse et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, le houblon aromatique domine, très résineux et fruité, légèrement astringent. Le malt joue un rôle de soutient. Finale très amère et sèche. Très intense, une bonne dose de houblon ! egajdzis (6856) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 Amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, citrus, honey, and alcohol Taste of sticky pine sap, citrus, resiny hops, grass, grapefruit, and some alcohol in the finish. meeps2002 (4) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2010 does not count
I have to reserve a perfect 5 for "the beer out there" I have yet to try, but let me tell you, this one made it very difficult to deduct a tenth of a point. If you are one who adores hopes, you won’t be let down. Many IPAs claim to be hoppy, this one simply delivers. Drive to Waterbury, VT and enjoy! Fred82 (2332) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2010
On tap at The Alchemist on April 24th 2010goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2008
Appearance : Clear yellow with small head. Extensive lacing.
Aroma : Leafy hops with passion fruits. Very leafy and fresh. Wow this is an awesome nose. I can hardly believe it.
Taste : Hoppy with some alcohol. Dry finish and very hoppy. Notes of mango. Same leafy and crisp hoppy profile.
Overall : Wow this is a good beer. It would have to be tasted side by side with Hopslam and PtE but to me it felt like this one was up to the challenge. I have to have this again !!!
Tap @ Blind Tiger. I am very impressed with this beer. Poured a slightly hazed orange-copper color with a small white head. A strong but very nice hop forward aroma. Citrus and pine. There was some sweet malt underneath but it does not distract from the hops :) The beer had a large hop flavor with citrus and pine mixed together. Mild to moderate sweetness with a hint of malt. Moderate bitterness on the finish helps give it a stiff backbone and balance. Semi-dry with a meidum body. Very nice.