dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
22oz bottle poured into snifter. Amberish gold color with a thick fluffy head. Aroma is full of hops, citrus, slight peach and malt. Much of the aromas come through in the flavors as well. Well balanced with the ABV hidden very well. suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Dark amber pour with huge frothy cream colored head. Plenty of lacing is left behind, I would say as the head collapses but it sticks around for awhile. Huge sweet hop bouquet. A crystal malt aroma, fruity and sweet. Big malty taste with hints of sugar and caramel. Slightly carbonic and very sweet in the back. A very nice beer. I could drink a few of these and be happy. regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
22 oz. bottle (Thank you Hamilton23!) poured into a Duvel tulip. Aggressive pour yielded a reddish amber with a smallish off-white head which never seemed to go away. Lacing was apparent throughout, as well. Nose was caramel, orange, pineapple, pine, and some grassiness. Taste was maple sugar, caramel, pineapple, and some spice. Mouthfeel was heavy for a DIPA with healthy carbonation, a little sticky and some booziness, although not unpleasant. This is NOT your typical west coast style DIPA (which I love) but VERY nice. It is well-balanced (NOT bitter), with a hefty malt backbone and just an all around interesting ride. I recommend you try it and only wish I could (again). pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
Bomber from Garth at SD Toronado who we sat next to - great guy. Amber with tan/brown head. Mild pot, pine, citrus, alcohol and malts. Over carbonated, sweet but becomes bitter, ok balance although the finish is a little harsh/alcohol. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Pours with a velvety thick, off-white head on clear, copper colored beer. Aroma is huge pine, dank hops, minor citrus, and underlying bready malt. Taste is noticeably less hop heavy than the aroma and presents with some pine, no citrus, and a well-balanced, biscuity malt backbone. Slight sweetness from the heavy malt but no noticeable alcohol. Solid and enjoyable IIPA but doesn’t have enough over-the-top floral hops in the aroma and definitely the taste to take it to the next level for me.
thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle via the 7/15 release. (RIP 2011 Knuckle Sandwich) Pours a dark, dark amber with low to medium off white head. Aroma is malt with a last minute attack of dank hops. Taste is malt forward, which I generally loath in an DIPA but this one really works nicely with the onslaught of hops. You get an almost honeydew taste near the 3/4 mark. Overall this is one of my favorite DIPAs for the balanced approach which is lacking in almost all West Coast DIPAs. This isn’t really an indictment of West Coast IPA just that it is nice to be able to try something that is super fresh and most balanced. And no, this tastes nothing like Hopslam. 50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber in color. Sweet caramel nose. Pleasant fruity/citrusy hops with a sturdy sweet caramel malt backbone. Well done.... hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, sticky, and floral hops. Tastes of floral hops, citrus, with some fruitiness. Alcohol content well hidden. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
bottle. pours amber with white head. aroma is loaded with crystal malts, grapefruit, grass. flavors of sweet crystal malts, caramel, grapefruit juice, moldy fruit, way too sweet which kills the good hop flavors. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bootleggers knuckle sandwich. 22oz bottle from chris... Pours a medium
caramel copper reddish brown pour with a thin soapy white head...
Aroma of centralized sweetness with tropical fruit forwardness, fairly
juicy with vanilla and a deeper malt profile... Flavors are much o the
same with a bigger crystal malt profile alongside an amalgam of peaches and other mingling tropical fruits. good body and carbonation but a little too sweet for me. reminded me of imperial head hunter for some reason.