changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2010 Re-rate 1/20/10. Bottled 12/30. Big grapefruit, pine, fruit cocktail aroma. Lots of tropical fruity flavors. A little sweeter than some other top tier IIPAs but complimented nicely by a sharp bitter bite. Still amazing. Re-rate 1/18/09. This years batch just hit the shelves here so this stuff is fresh. Golden-orange color, moderate head that settles to a thin film and yields some blotchy lacing. Massive hoppy aroma; loads of grapefruit and some pine as well. Huge hoppy flavor, not surprising based on the aroma, and overall this is very tropical; grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango. I wouldn’t classify it as easy drinking or smooth this go around as this is quite puckery but that’s the way it should be. The West Coast rules the hoppy beers but here’s an East Coast IIPA that can really compete with those. Original Rating: This is one fine beer. Pours a clear light orange color with a medium sized head. A wonderful grapefruit hoppy aroma. The flavor is grapefruit hops with a good amount of sweet fruitiness and maybe some caramel. Bitter, dry with a pretty clean finish considering the style. This has got to be the smoothest beer with this much alcohol I have ever had. I have got to get more of this stuff! ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 It is good stuff.....just not like the IPA’s that we get in cali.......I found it lacking in hop complexity...why can’t all the IPA’s be california IPA’s(sung to the tune of the beach boys)
ok I just moved to wisco....and tried a better/fresher bottle....it is not quite as good as the elder.....but wow I mistook this beer as not the real thing....damn fucking good...guava and passionfruit/grapefruity hop flavor...dangerously drinkable for the abv....going to drink the shit out of this while it is fresh.... Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Lovely bright golden pour with long-lasting head and lacing. Aromatic bouquet includes a whack of honeydew and sundry fruity esters as well as rosemary and other aromatic herbs. Firm, gentle, silky body. Not a hop assault. Batch 8277. Smooth and delicious, no sharp edges, no tacky sweetness, not chewy, alcohol barely detectable. Inviting and deeply satisfying. Great beer, Thanks McBackus for the bottle. Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2008
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 This isa lot like Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught Double IPA only is smehow smoother. The honey is slightly detectable when fresh, and gives this brew a uniqueness. A super IPA X2 with a real nice alcohol kick. I have cellared a case of this stuff before. It will be heavenly after a year or so. A great high in ABV beer like this stuff completely changes after a year of cellering. It rounds out and the overall result is Fantastic. I have had a hard time cellering it because I like it so much!! Heh Heh!!! rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2008
Clear copper color. Dusty malt smell. Bitterness like I’ve never experienced before. Grapefruit galore from beginning to end.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 Pours orange with a small white head. Little lacing on the glass. Aroma of thick hops, with citrus and pineapple. Taste is very hoppy. Citrus and pineapple present in the taste as well. Malt backing is adequate and sweet. Mouth is full and carbonation is relatively light for an IIPA.*******On tap at Trappeze Bell’s release. Really nice. Aroma was big grapefruit and other citrus. Taste was also very citrus with a solid malt profile. Very well balanced for a big hoppy brew like this. Very solid on tap. Davin (48) - Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle from Ughsmash . Smells of fresh peach and grapefruit. Very smooth going down. It would be nice if it was a little more bitter to balance the malt but it is a very small complaint. This is the ideal "end of the week time to relax" beer. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2008
Batch 8283, 12 oz bottle. Poures a mild hazy golden color with a small white whispy head. Nose of ripe grapefruit, dried mango and more citrus punch, one dimensional aroma. Initial taste of sharp, crisp grapefruit moving into a more piney hop bitterness. Caramel sweetness counter balances to do a degree with the hops overpowering, for a true hop slam. Finshing dry and continuing with the sharp bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium body. 10% is masked very well. Palate duration is above average. Above average head retention and lacing of the glass. I wasnt overall moved with the beer. I think it is great double IPA but felt that some qualities missing. The overall increased due to that I couldnt believe this was 10% abv. Easy drinking brew and this one will catch up on you. fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Bottle. [Thanks to ????] @ <a href=http://ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eventID target=_new> Zythos Bier Festival 2008, Sint Niklaas, Belgium. Unclear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, heavy hoppy, pine, grape, orange - pineapple. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (010308) General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 12 ounce bottle from Illini08. Thanks, Jeremy! Wow, I wish I could have a case of this stuff... pours a beautiful amber color with a one finger width white head. Immediately when I started pouring the beer, I could smell a rush of citrus fruits and hops. It was very inviting. As the beer warmed I could smell strong grapefruit aromas with a nice touch of hops. Taste was a perfect mix of citrus, hops, and bitterness. Extremely refreshing and kept a wonderful taste in the back of my mouth. If I could obtain this on a regular basis, I am sure I would have a fridge full of it. It really is that good...