77ships (10844) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG III. Thanks to Benzai! Golden. Fruitier kind of DIPA, resin, resin, exotic, pineapple with white grape. Still quite bitter. Nice, nothing special but quite satisfactory. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle offered @ home via rotefridge. Pours a touch hazy, dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Tropical fruit forward hops in the aroma, especially melon, mango, and tangerine. Some spicy / piney hops in there as well. Pretty creamy and smooth mouth feel. Definitely orange and melons in the flavor. Maybe a touch old, as some of the spiciness appears to have faded a bit which leads to be of bready and bitter notes. Probably a 3.8-3.9 fresh, but I’m going to peg it at a 3.6 right now. marcus (10582) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
On tap at Bistro DIPA Fest. This amber ale poured with a decent off-white head and a malty aroma. There is a mellow caramel malt base enhanced by significant hop bitterness. phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Draft served in a tulip at International Tap House-Soulard. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of herbal, oily hops, citrus peel, and sweet caramel malts. Flavor of herbal, oily hops and not much else- some tea, sweet caramel malts, and lemon citrus maybe. Medium-bodied, with an oily, smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Wow, this is bitter and hoppy and good. Seems to have more kick than 7.5% too. onceblind (10327) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2014
Clear light copper under a rocky white head. Big resiny piney nose cut by some semi-sharp grapefruit zest and hoppy caramel. Flavor is sublimely balanced, more so than I would have thought by the nose. It’s got a wonderful floral resiny hop character, with some bitter grapefruit rind and a strong backbone of caramel malt and amber malt. Some light toffee and biscuitiness as well, but under plenty of resiny and semisweet leafy/grassy hops. A sublime DIPA with balance and complex hops.
sebletitje (10287) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
Bouteille 66cl @ RBBSG III, courtesy of Benzai.
Orangée, col léger blanc cassé.
Arôme est houblonné sur un fruité agréable, pointe de melon et mangue sur des effluves tropicales bien placées.
Palais est houblonné tirant sur le pamplemousse et autres agrumes, léger tropical avec un léger palais de pin. Pour 9%, ça reste superbement bien réalisé. Malt reste en retrait et apporte juste assez de corps pour balancer les houblons. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Starkly floral, this quality West Coast Double IPA also shares lean honeyed cereals before making room for a grassy and citrusy hop finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty honey blond.
-The resinous hop bitterness is relatively soft (softer than the usual Double IPA’s anyway).
-Malts develop biscuity angles in the second half.
-Alcohol is deceptively well hidden. This drinks like a 7% IPA (why is it so strong (9%) then?)
-Citrusy fruitiness recalls passionfruit and candied ginger at times.
5/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-740) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Clear orange beer, creamy yellow head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, lots of exotic fruits, mango, passion fruits, bit piny. MF: ok carbon, full body, creamy texture. Taste: sweet ripe exotic fruits, bit piny, bit resinous, nice bitter hops, citrus and grapefruit. Aftertaste: bitter, citrus, quite some grapefruit, resinous touch, sweet, some honey.
On tap on Paradiso. Pours a clear orange with a two finger tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Very nice beta acid hoppy nose with floral hops, mango peel, grapefruit rind. Taste has some distinct booziness with pineapple rum and light mango. Not outstanding. Very boozy even though it is only 7.5%. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, picked up at Supermarket Liquor. Clear orange pour with white, lacing head. Aroma brings big dank notes with pine, weed, grass into some nice grapefruit juice, orange, some hints of biscuity, bread notes. Taste is a mix of herbal, grassy, dank notes into some orange, grapefruit, earthy notes, nice biscuit, caramel, finishing with more grapefruit, slightly sweet almost but fairly bitter as well. Nicely done, nothing amazing but great level of flavor and balance.