pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2011
Aroma: Heavy floral and citrus hops with hints of pine.
Appearance: Cloudy orange with little to no head.
Taste: Light sweetness balanced by a medium bitterness with almost no aftertaste. This is really balanced and smooth.
Palate: Fully body, effervescent carbonation, crisp, clean texture with a light, hoppy finish.
Overall: This beer BLEW ME AWAY!!! The aroma would lead one to believe this to be a bitter, hop laden death trap, but there is virtually no overwhelming hoppiness, and the beer itself is light, almost delicate, on the tongue, and so balanced that the 9.7 ABV is all but invisible. Brilliantly crafted. fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Hell yeah! On tap pours clear dark golden amber color with off white head. Aroma is amazing citrus, a touch of pine, and the presence of a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is outstanding. The intense bitterness from the hops upfront leads to a nice mix of grapefruit and orange, the middle has a nice caramel malt sweetness, and finishes with a tart bitter note. Simply outstanding. JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2011
Sample, then a full pour at Fat Heads on 3/26/11. Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is orange, lemon and pine with some nice sweet malt balance. Flavor is orange, pine, grapefruit and pale malt before a grassy hop finish. Superb. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Tap at Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a clear bright light orange copper with a nice sticky white head. Aroma is powerful orange citrus, mango, tropical, and pine resin with some weed dankness- very fresh, very powerful. Flavor is more citrus, pine, dank, oily sappyness, orange and light grass with little malt sweetness which is great. Good bitter finish. Top 5 of the fest for sure! gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Growler shared with MrBunn. Aroma is awesome of pine and hops. Taste is amazing, probably the smoothest DIPA I’ve ever come close to. Excellent body, balance, and finish. Great!
Bigmmartin (620) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap during my first visit to the Cleveland brewpub. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
Started off with the original Head Hunter and followed it up it’s big brother. This one contains all of the wonderful pine, citrus, and dank simcoe as to be expected but remains just as smooth as the single version. Very impressive. Please bottle this soon!
Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a hazy amber-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and bready malt, plus some pine. Rich and chewy body with a pungent hoppy character and notes of bready malt, ripe fruits and pine. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus and oak aftertaste. Very good overall. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bistro’s IIPA Fest, Hayward, CA. Lighter golden orange> big resiny citrusy hop aroma. Piney, mango, citrus, orange fill this huge aroma. Taste is more of the same, aggressive but balanced. Huge sticky, piney hop flavor. Top 3 or 5 of the festival Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2011
On tap at brewery
The real reason for visiting was to try out this new addition to the northeastern Ohio beer scene. Take a world class IPA and amp it up to get this monster. Heavy and intense it holds nothing back. Aggressive from the start you will not forget this one any time soon. Get it while it is fresh.
Aroma / Appearance - Sticky with a coppery tone the body takes center stage on the table. Lazy bubbles of carbonation seep up like air through a heavy syrup. Mangos, peaches, lemon zest, and brightness bring to mind a tropical feel. The orange maltiness provides some restraint but regardless this isn’t exactly subtle.
Flavor / Palate - Chewy and vinous the mouthfeel clings to the throat and tongue. A mixture of semi-sweet white wine, orange zest, oak chips, and loose bits of firewood sparkle brightly. The alcohol isn’t hidden yet also doesn’t stand out too much. Additional sips make the hops more and more evident. By the end it is a blend of Pine Sol and malt balls. Head Hunter might be marginally better but this is a push.