VsXsV (4544) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 33 cl bottle from private import through Systembolaget. Amber colour with small, off-white head. Smells of grapefruit, passionfruit, citrus, hops and sweet malts. Sweet, malty base with bitter ending. Really, really nice, Medium bodied with some carbonation. Truly wonderful IIPA.
WildTurkey (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Re-rating 20111201. Bottled, 33 cl. Almost clear, deep amber/red liquid with big off-white head with big bubbles. Still a 4, beautiful beer. Aroma of grass, fresh hops, tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, pine and caramel malt. What an aroma! Hops, hops and more hops. Still scores a 9 out of 10. Taste is light sweet with high bitterness. Has a nice, caramel malt base but the taste is still very hoppy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Still an excellent IIPA. Even though I’ve had some extraordinary IIPAs during the year since the last rating this still ranks as one of my favourite ones.
Coppery orange color. Pretty hazy. Thin head. Primary smell is citrus hops. Grapefruit. Then some lighter fruit like Apple or pear. Pale malts - Sweet bready smell. Malty sweetness is the primary flavor. Bready, biscuity. Hops are of grapefruit and come across as very juicy. Medium body. Little bit of carbonation. Not too dry. Pretty smooth. MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Well... Happy New Year to me! This bottle has been saved for now... so I open it and am immediately hit by a sweet and fruity hops and malt aroma that fills the room at the moment the bottle is uncapped. Pours a dingy looking orangish amber with a sudsy head and lots of carbonation sticking on the sides of the glass. Closer inspection of how this smells gets me excited. Lots of oranges, mangos and other citrus/tropical fruit. Malt is pretty sweet and I’m guessing this will be sticky on the palate. Mmmm... can’t wait. The first sip is good, but not quite as nice as I had hoped. There is an obvious alcohol presence with lots of chewy and sweet malt, an odd little medium (almost chocolate or cardboard malt presence in the mid-palate that seems a little odd), and a load of hops that morph from oranges and mangos to a resiny pine flavor that accompanies the ABV warmth in the late palate. Pretty darn good way to start 2011. AlexK (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Beautiful hop bomb, dominated by Brew Dog’s Hardcore IPA. I Beat U is a little lost in the mix, but I didn’t mind. Unbalanced in the West Coast style. Beautiful full head and nice retention, with a very dank aroma. renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle at my uncle’s. Hazy dark Amber colour, off White thick head, light lace. Meaty grass and leather nose. Very strong hops hits you from the start with just a smidgeon of sweet cookie to round off the sledgehammer of holiness this collaboration is.
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(330ml bottle best by 7-29-11 thanks to bu11zeye) cloudy deep amber, creamy tan bubbles. Nose of candi sugar, candied oranges, earthy like celery, lightly funky and some manure. Taste of candied oranges, right amount of bitterness, grapefruit, honey, syrupy body nice finish. Great beer! ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Poured a dark hazey orange, almost the color of a ripe apricot with a finger’s worth of bery creamy head. The lacing it left on the glass is quite heavy. Aroma is very heavy on hop resin, quite a bit more than most other double ipa’s even. The taste has hoppy resin written all over it. Some floral characteristics come through as well. The resin-like hops bond quite well with the malts to give this otherwise bitter ale some sweetness. The body is a fairly heavy medium. You can definitely tell they’ve dry hopped this for quite a bit. Pricey, but well worth it. VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - DEC 28, 2010
Very deep amber with a slight haze, lots of light tan bubbly head and messy lacing. Ack! Heavenly flavor! Great aroma as well : a colossal mix of citrus and malts. Very aromatic, peaches, rrgf, herbalness is strong, floral, lemon pepper? must tie into the slight mustiness, caramel, candy, great! Damn pungent as well. Intense flavor characterized by rich caramel and stiff potent grapefruit and herbal flavors and backed by peaches, some heat, demanding spice, not overly complex but zero flaws. Very rich, great powerful hops with a hard bitterness that is subdued by absolutely everything. dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
I Hardcore You
Pours hazy amber with a medium white head. Nice retention and some legs. Aroma is very floral with resiny, piney hops. Sweet malt backbone as well. Very smooth aroma.
Flavor is hoppy and bready with a clean floral finish. Booze is well hidden. Lovely.
Quack-Duck (9533) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2010
bottle from bierkompass. Hazy deep amber-golden colour, large off-white head. Intensive, spicy hoppy nose. Full-bodied, delicious malty base with loads of deliciously bitter, aromatic hops which are very spicy and have a resiny-grassy character. Well-balanced, a delight.