Jur (468) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle from LCBO, Toronto.
Pours clear orangey-yellow, off-white head. Fades.
Nose: honey, mild booziness, dried apricot and orange. Taste follows these scents. Very well balanced and pleasant carbonation. Some toffee stickiness and resinous finish. Quite drinkable for its 9% ABV. Beardbeerman (343) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
341ml bottle (dated May 2012) served around 10 degrees in a snifter:
Pours a fairly dense and clear golden robe forming about a finger of white foam. It skrinks to a porous layer and leaves a fair amount of spotted lacing.
The nose is agressive with citrus, pineapple, vanilla and honey and alcohol. I did get a grassy/floral element from the hops which balanced out the sweets but I had this brew in late June so it probably still had all of its properties. I did read other reviews where older bottles seemed to have faded most of their citrus elements so make sure you enjoy it fresh.
The flavours are pretty sweet delivering notes of brown sugar, caramel and vanilla with much hoppy bitterness kicking it way back for a moderate finish.
This brew feels somewhat dense and has good corpus and you do get a certain sharpness. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming which is always a nice feature when dealing with complex beers. Lilja (3489) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
Ölföreningen 2015. Spännande och oväntad. Smak och doft av humle, aprikos, persika, mango, lavendel, marsipan, toner av gula russin. Oljig, torr, lagom söt, beska med smak av citrusskal. Välbalanserad, frisk och fruktig, riktigt gott! Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pour was copper amber with a nice dense tan head...smell is sweet caramel and pine...the taste is absolutely great...delicate balance between malt/hops...it is interesting for an IIPA...great stuff... GRM (4177) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2006, savoured on June 2 2006; eye: hazy reddish brown, tiny compact beige head; nose: perfumy, citrusy (grapefruit), caramel, complex, alcohol is at the forefront but in an enjoyable way; mouth: average bitterness combined with grapefruit, soft caramel that supports the bitterness, hops, finale in a nice caramel, refreshing, lightly sweet, complex, full body, nice carbonation, foamy, enjoyable, full in the mouth
Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2006, savourée le 2 juin 2006; oeil : brune rougeâtre voilée, petite mousse beige compacte; nez : parfum, citrique (pamplemousse), caramel, complexe, alcool est à l’avant-plan mais de façon agréable; bouche : amertume moyenne combinée avec du pamplemousse, caramel doux qui supporte l’amertume, houblon, finale de beau caramel, rafraîchissante, légèrement sucrée, complexe, corsée, belle carbonatation, mousseuse, agréable, pleine en bouche
JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Rich orange colour. Large sticky white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet orange peel and a bit of light fruitiness as well. Orange peel, mango and papaya as well as a tropical deliciousness. Very fresh hoppy character with a bit of light pine on the back. It’s not all that resinous or astringent but it is very, very hoppy. Loads of rich tropical fruit and a soft lingering bitterness. A delicious IIPA. rejtable (2839) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2012 Another outstanding effort from an always exciting brewery. Reminds me a lot of DFH 90, although maybe the hops are a tiny bit more muted than that one. Still, great hop-forward beer with a level of malt balance that makes this an outstanding beer. Bravo!
Jul 2012 update:
Pours orange with thin white head medium lacing. Not as sweet as I seemed notice last year, certainly not as much as dfh 90. Beauty balance on this one,ots of grapefruit with a light candy backing. Awesome beer. Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
Bouteille de 341ml et en fût au pub de mtl, robe rousse caramel, arôme de houblons , goût de houblons citronnés et caramélisés. gam (4078) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
Very good creamy head rich orange amber pour soft medium carbonation the aromas rich caramel toffee pine citrus floral very acute notes the flavours toffee caramel crisp richness pine resin medium bitter grapefruit papaya pineapple apricot floral sweetness hop freshness matching the rich malts warms the stomach the finish wonderful stuff all round hard to fault best tastes rich malts good hoppy flavours lasting bitter pine taste so good on the palate mkel07 (6394) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle from Cool Wine Hobart 300115. Great looking beer and greet atom and flavour. All round this beer ticks all the boxes and leaves a long lingering aftertaste in the mouth.