Zymurgeist2 (2296) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 14, 2017 barn0216 (550) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2014 I previously reviewed this based on a draft pour at the 2013 release. It was not particularly good and i gave it a too-generous 3.7. Now i have a bottle from the 2014 release. Much much better. Appearance is very similar. Aroma is improved, a little tropical and dank in equal measure, with some pine, alcohol, and malty notes also in the mix. Whereas last years batch had an off-flavor that really killed it, this years is purely bitter hops, guava, with a resinous finish. And alcohol, naturally, but not as high as i expect from the high ABV.
Tap at Pita Kabob. Slightly hazy orange-cooper with white head and solid lacing. Alcohol heat and cloying malts dominate. Massive resin and pine dominate the hop profile. Moderate bitterness for abv. Tide (3972) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 9, 2017
Draught at City Beer. Hazy amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, resin, mango, caramel and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, resin, hops, caramel and grass. Very nice imperial IPA. Leighton (21489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Keg at City Beer - SF. Pours clear gold with a creamy, white head. The nose holds ripe citrus, melon, alcohol and bread. Medium to heavy sweet flavour, with ample pale bread, melon, honey, booze, oily pine. Full bodied, chewy, and with average carbonation. Resinous and moderately warming in the finish, with more bread, melon, somewhat jammy ripe citrus. Good, if a bit heavy handed. I can’t imagine drinking more than a couple ounces. ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 17, 2016
From the bomber it pours a honey amber color with a big head. The aroma has pineapple, mango with some lemon zest. Taste is big with more tropical fruit with some chewy malt that comes through to balance everything out. Big beer. bb (9519) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with backing caramel. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with backing caramel.
blueshockey24 (611) - Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2016
Bomber. Pours golden amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet malty Piney hops. Taste is sweet fruity pineapple, mango and grapefruit with piney grapefruit alcohol finish. It’s pretty good. BuckeyeBoy (7930) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle thanks to Toby. pours out golden topped with a small head. nose is tropical fruit hops plenty of sweetness. taste is more of the fruity hops heavy sweetness. thepatrickman (1365) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2016
Bottle shipped across the country by misterburd -- cheers, Michael! At 12.5%, this beer doesn’t mess around. There is a lot of malt in there, although it’s surprisingly dry, and a ton of hops to balance everything out. It’s actually pretty balanced and the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. I caught a pretty pronounced bready yeast aroma that was out of place and somewhat killed the hoppy taste for me. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Clear golden with a short lived white head.. perfumy apricot and tropical fruitiness .. nice bitterness.. thick, sweet and borderline cloying.. Certainly a bit boozy.. IMO, too sweet... without that much sweetness the hops would bounce out on the nose and palate quite a bit more. Not bad, but not just for my palate. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 8, 2016
On tap at capitol beer and taproom. Pours copper with white head. Taste is sweet with a pine bitterness. Solid triple ipa