944play (418) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Hazy copper with small fine head. Grassy, herbal, floral nose. Initially rather sweet, but an ample bitterness sweeps in and leaves berry notes in its wake. Crisp and mineral finish; feels big but not ponderous. Wickedly bitter and intoxicating. Koelschtrinker (20416) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 13, 2011
Blumiger Hopfenbeginn, gepaart mit honigartiger Süße. Das Aromenspektrum des Hopfens wächst im Mittelteil, hier grasig mit deutlichen Zitrusnoten, dabei bodenständig mit brotigen Malznoten. In seinen hopfigen Phasen wirkt das Bier z.T. schwer, der Alkoholgehalt wird hier erkennbar. Das Bier hat eine geringe Süße, was die Süffigkeit erhöht. Erdiger, sehr langer Hopfennachgeschmack, dunkler werdend. 9/12/12/13/12/13
pushkinwow (2793) - Ottawa, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
Bomber. Amber with an off white head. Pine resin hops with a malt backbone, alcohol - very over the top and not subtle which I usually enjoy but this seems almost like a little much - may need to mellow a bit. Full bodied, low carbonation (although would not have though that considering how it poured), bite from the alcohol, some sweetness but the bitterness grown and becomes astringent; that being said it mellows a bit on on the finish, malt and hops along with booze are at the forefront along with the resin from the nose. Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2011
655 ml bottle. Cloudy dark brown colour. Medium off-white head. Bold grapefruity floral hop aroma. Dusty and bready. Quite bitter and has a sharp edge, but there’s enough malt to balance. Lots of citrus. Sweet and rich. Nicely balanced, but favours the sharper bitterness. Very nice, but gets tiring after a while. drpimento (3641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Heavy duty IPA. I let it warm a bit out of the fridge first. Poured a large, off white, thick, foamy, creamy head that slowly settles out and a little lace. Color is a very clear orange amber with a number of slow tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hugely hop resin, pine, grapefruit, with malt and caramel. Flavor is very close to nose with only the added benefit of carbonic tang to more evenly balance the mix. Body is perfect: full, not to soft or sharp, mouthfilling without being thick and just right carbonation. Finish is like flavor and surprisingly of only average length and slight alcohol warmth. It’s a hop blaster, set on stunning.
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 8, 2011
An intense aroma of bitter hops and grapefruit. This is a tasty IPA, definitely not a subtle one. Tons of bitter hops from the start, but the finish is truly interesting, as the bitterness and the citrus battle back and forth. Pretty good stuff. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep amber, which isn’t a good sign in an IIPA, to me. Light haze. Nose has a lot of fruity and resiny hops, citrus, then a big malty blast. Lacks popping hops in nose. On tasting, more of the same. Less fruity, lacks the nice citrus notes. The caramel malts also push the balance towards maltiness. Really big bitterness just not quite right for me. molly75 (301) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - OCT 26, 2011
ESAME VISIVO VOTO (1-5) 4
SCHIUMA: color panna, fine e compatta, buona presenza e persistenza
COLORE: ambra scuro, con riflessi aranciati, leggermente opaca
AROMA VOTO (1-10) 7
aromi dominati dai luppoli, con una impronta vegetale e resinosa, un tocco di caramello, miele e sentori alcolici. profumi non molto intensi nel complesso
SAPORE VOTO (1-10) 8
entra con una dolce di base, caramello e miele, che rimane subito schiacciato da un amaro erbaceo e resinoso dominante che va crescendo verso un finale piuttosto raschiante, con un retrogusto quasi speziato che si mescola bene con una alcolicità stuzzicante ma non fastidiosa.
TEXTURE VOTO (1-5) 4
corpo medio, abbastanza oleosa in bocca e sulle labbra.
COMMENTO FINALE VOTO (1-20) 15
un mostro amaro da 90 IBU! Nonostante tutto è facilmente bevibile grazie anche ad un sostegno in seconda linea di una buona maltatura che fornisce una base solida che da corpo e rotondità al prodotto. Buon dinamismo in bocca ed alcolicità non indifferente ma ben inserita nell’equilibrio della birra. non la migliore provata, comunque ottima
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Here’s yet another very solid IPA/IIPA from the left side. Amber color with a thick off-white head that dies down to a very thin layer. The aroma has that lemony citrus smell with a twist of pine and just a little caramel for the malt. The flavor offers a little more sweet malt than the aroma had me thinking but the hops are sharp and bitter, covering much of that up. A resiny-pine hop punch dominates the flavor. Surprisingly, there’s not much of a tropical fruit component, if any, here. I do prefer these more tropical than pine/resiny but no big deal. This is fairly smooth going down but the alcohol is not hidden. I guess you can say it tastes imperial with big hops, sweet toffee, and some alcohol, but it doesn’t get too sticky on the palate. Again, the bitterness is sharp and this gets quite dry in the finish. This isn’t in my top tier of IIPAs but it might be in the next group. bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Dark copper-amber color with a medium head. Fresh hops aromas abount with notes of orange and pine bark and pine wood with some interesting honey sweetness. Pleasant, moderate bitterness with full hop and malt flavors are supported by a substantial body and a well-balanced alcohol character.