pressboxjoe (464) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle from brewpub poured into large tulip. Also had it there, but this rating is not based on that. Nice head, instant lacing, hazy amber gold. Powerful competing aromas, honey malt and piney hops, plenty of lemon and grapefruit, some apple, floral. Malts strong on the tongue at first, more than bitterness. Alcohol comes through in the fairly strong viscosity of the brew. Bitterness more pronounced after a few sips/as it warms. It’s got the sweetness of a high-alcohol IPA that not everyone loves. For me, the result is that the flavor is spread out a bit, unfocused. It’s a good beer - not my favorite, but something interesting to keep in the fridge. phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2011
12 oz. bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Pours a clear orange-gold color with a big, frothy eggshell white head. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, sweet and pale malts, apples, and pears. Initial flavor is dry and earthy, with straw, pale malts, and orange peel, followed by a bizarre middle flavor of wet dog, soap, and alcohol, and finishing with caramel, sweet malts, and honey. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a mouthfeel that’s all over the place. Such a strange flavor ride in this beer, and if not for the bad middle notes, it would be a lot better. adrian910ss (2591) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 5, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear orange vistalite color with a medium sized off white head. Nice aroma of various hops, spruce, floral notes, pineapple , pine and citrus. Taste of pineapple, pine, various hops, malt and citrus. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Pours a pale golden with notes of amber, big rocky white head, nice retention and lacing, a little viscous... Aroma of piney hops, medicinal hops, some alcohol unfortunately in a rubbing alcoholish aroma, and some light citrus... Pine and citrus dominate the hoppy flavor, luckily the rubbing alcohol smell didnt translate to the flavor as well... Very sweet... Sweet finish, full bodied, not overly full though, still has an air drinkability for 11.5%... Finishes way too sweet, not enough crispness to the hops... reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2011
pours a golden/amber honey color with a thick, creamy white head...nice retention and lacing. aroma is very floral and ddelicate with sweet citrus...grapefruit, pineapple, orange blossom. flavor has more malt than the aroma suggests and is sweet and hoppy as well...more earthy and spicy than the aroma suggests...hint of something medicinal in the back of the throat. very oily mouthfeel and a long, dry, hoppy finish that is warming...almost numbs the tongue and throat. not bad but too sweet with an odd medicinal quality about it that ruins the finish.
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Gifted to me by my Pennsylvania livin brother in law! Thanks bro! This one pours orange with a creamy white head. The aroma is sweet and buttery with toffee and oranges. The flavor is very sweet with oranges, caramel, toffee and a bit of citrus rind in the finish but minimal hoppiness. I wasn’t expecting a west coast hop bomb.. and that it isn’t, but I couldn’t help but enjoy the sweet barley wine like qualities of this brew. It’s surprisingly a pretty easy drinker despite the high alcohol content. I wish I knew how old this bottle is to see if the muted hop aroma/flavor is intended or not, although I don’t really care. It was enjoyable enough. It warmed me up on a frigid 50 degree California night! Capa (3396) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Mildly hazy copper/orange with a large, white, rocky head. Aroma of powerful citrus hops, sugary malts, and mostly grapefruit. Flavor has a strong residual sweetness, grapefruit, citrus hops, thick caramel malt. A very sweet beer but thankfully a healthy dose of citrus to help balance this one out. Full bodied. One of the sweeter DIPAs I’ve had but a very good one. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(750ml bottle thanks to blutt59) clearish orange/amber with fine white bubbles. Nose of candied citrus, candi sugar, mossy, and rhubarb. Taste is all sugar, very few hops at all, all the fermentable sugars are left in this one. Dorwart (2607) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Thin white head of fine bubbles with light carbonation. One of the best and intense aromas out there with loads of hops in the aroma. Flowers and citrus with some oranges, tangerines and sweet malts. Color is a slightly hazy dark orange. Lots more splendid hops bitterness. Oranges, grapefruit, sweet caramel malts, a tad of roasted grains and some spices. Probably from the amarillo hops. Noticable alcohol presence and warming but not overpowering for a brew of this size. Very, very well balanced. A bit on the sweet side to offset the strong hops bitterness. A pretty darn good IIPA. And the fantastic thing about this brew is that I can get it for about $11-12 a growler here in NJ at times! An absolute steal!!!! Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle courtesy of jtclockwork. Pours rusty brown with a tan head. Smells of grapefruit, lemons, sage, perfumy. Tastes of caramel, some resiny hints, some sweet citrus. Finishes bitter and spicy.