rocbyter (2184) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2016 edwardbass (865) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An impressive Imperial IPA. Aroma is sweet malt with some hops and alcohol. Taste is sweet malt (dried fruit, heck, I don’t know enough to characterize it) with alcohol and the hops are complex, and both forward and not. The hops linger around for a long time, seemingly dancing around on your tongue for quite a while. An exceptionally balanced Imperial IPA.
Muted hop aroma with strong malts. Cloudy orange color with a medium thick white head. Sweet flavor on top of a bitter base. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottled May 2013. Beautiful pour glowing Amber with frothy lasting head. Aroma is earthy, a little wet cardboard and light fruitiness. Lots of life on the pallet. Earthy and woody. Bitter with unique bitterness. Good but not great. SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Had on draft in the half nobi on its release .. . deep gold amber .. medium head, lots of lacing .. . tissue .. dank, citrus, flowers, and sappy booze .. full and defined .. great beer .. . . Lately I go to the restroom at the movies, but forget where I’m seated then return & just begin a new life in a new seat with a new family. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2015
Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear, yellow-gold body with a solid inch of off-white foam up top.
Smell: Twenty is hoppy on the nose, smelling of guava, papaya and varied citrus fruits with underlying earthy herbaceousness. Sugar-coated pale malts underneath. Small shake of liquor gives a sense of implied warmth.
Taste: Honey and sugar-toned pale maltiness, a little sweetness of whipped syrup. In comes the tropical, charmingly citrusy hops while also being floral and a tad earthy. Moderate bitterness imparted. Lightly warming. Dry, bittersweet, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel has a bit of stickiness to it.
Overall: Some sweetness, certainly some bitterness, a bit of heftiness and some warming alcohol. Falls a bit short of Maharaja. Bobblehead (65) - Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
22 oz, poured into ipa glass, orange, amber, hazy, white foam, medium sourness, medium bitterness, lively, bitter, medium body, resin, grass, floral, citrus, hay, great beer.
slowrunner77 (13205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"When they say "what else?" I have to scratch my head. We actually wondered why a place that already makes one of the best IIPAs on the planet would make a beer for a 20th AV that is almost certainly going to be the lesser of the two. Sometimes it sucks to be right. Maharaja pees better beer than this. I don’t know how it’s a 99 on RB. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it’s inferiority to Maharaja (and even Dugana, and hell...I think their standard 6-pack IPA) is obvious. Why do that for a 20th AV celebration? Anyway, golden pour, nice hop aroma and flavor, decent bitterness, grapefruit peel and light spice. Bittersweet finish. Nice on it’s own, just not up to par. At 9% and not getting any younger, definitely a one timer." GenDV138 (7828) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
From notes, consumed 8/1/2013. 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Amber/orange with a finger of off-white head. Great lacing. Aromas of pine, resin, toasty notes, light booze, caramel. Tastes of malt, caramel, pine, resin, grapefruit citrus. Medium body with a dry and warm finish. Busick (398) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
What a delicious hop-head beer! Glad I was able to taste what is now a retired hoppy beer! TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
Pours a nice clear golden color with white head. Pine, floral notes, and citrus on the nose; follow onto the palate. Had a good mouthfeel, full-bodied. Finishes pretty clean. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus and spicy pine hops. Good caramel malt backbone. Medium hazy orange hue with a white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with a soft carbonation. Overall a very good IIPA. Enjoyed it.