PhillyCraft (7584) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Super fresh growler compliments of Bill, pours a glowing golden color, clearish. Very nice white medium had that didn’t last. Notes of creamy, buttery citra hops. Lots of tropical flavors, pine, malt, and citrus bitterness. So much better then I remember. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/14/2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a lighter straw color with fantastic clarity. This could easily be mistaken for a pilsner. The head is a two finger white color with nice retention. Quite a bit of lace is left on the glass, as well.
S: I notice a lot of pineapple, mango, apricot, pine, and coriander. Hell, I even pick up some of the wild rice used. Quite the impressive aroma in general. However, I can see how someone could pick up ’cat pee’ from the Citra hops - thankfully it all works quite well in this one.
T: THIS is the kind of IPA I like. Light, citrusy, crisp, and refreshing - without any overdone maltiness or hop harshness to spoil things. The citrusy character on this is particularly well done - chock full of mango, passion fruit, apricot, grapefruit, and guava. A slight ’green’ flavor comes through in the midtaste as well, but it’s hardly what I’d call "piny." Neither is it remotely bitter. Maybe it could use a little more complexity...when the few flavors it presents are so incredible, though, who really cares?
M: Completely bone dry and crisp, just as advertised. If the flavors weren’t so joyous to savor, this would go down spectacularly easy. Honestly, though, the ultra-dry finish somehow fits this beer. It’s one of those offerings that I like to keep swishing around in my mouth because I want to savor every last drop. The hop resins linger nicely without providing much bitterness.
O: I hardly ever go this high with my ratings. But this one I feel deserves it. The only other Flying Fish beer I had was the extremely meh Winter Reserve - so who would have ever thought they would come through with such a fantastic DIPA? In retrospect, $16 for a 6-pack is kind of a bargain, really. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2012
12oz bottle, purchased at Pinocchio’s. Pours a bright yellow color with a white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy, citrus, pineapple. Medium to light on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, Cereal, hoppy, tropical fruit, some onion, with a light bitter finish. Interesting. The body is pretty light for the all the hops. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 A solid DIPA but nothing spectacular. The rice is super obvious but otherwise the malt is nice and balanced against the hops. Both the aroma and flavor profile are dominated by the rice. It’s hard to get around, but the citra hops are nice too. Weird.
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Pours a clear pale yellow much like a pilsner. In fact it looks just like many of the macros but that is where the similarities end. The aroma is grapefruit and pine as is to be expected considering the usage of chinook and citra hops. The body is medium and the finish is slightly dry. Overall it is crisp and refreshing and the alcohol is hidden extremely well considering the 8.2 ABV. This is not a very complex beer but still enjoyable.
downender (8729) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle from Wine Source, Baltimore. Golden with a decent, off-white head. Sweet aromas of mango, pineapple, spice and grains. Flavour began with some sweetness, more tropical fruit, rice, a touch of pine and dryish finish. Excellent. rajendra82 (1098) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
The very pale golden look, hazy body, and two finger thick, foamy head, made this pour look more like a Saison than a DIPA. The smell was floral hops and some honeydew melons and lemon. The taste was bready like a biscuit dusted with flour, and the hops were low in bitterness, but high in citric character. There was a touch of lemon in the finish, and a bit of tobacco as well. The mouthfeel was very dry and the beer was very quenching. No this is how one uses rice. Budweiser, are you taking notes? TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Gold pour with a tall, foamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt, grains, rice and soft floral hops. Taste is floral hops, soft fruit notes, grains, rice and sweet malt. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more grains, rice notes, sweet malt, floral hops, light earthy hops and fruit notes. Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
Fresh bottle from Joe Canal’s. Pours medium yellow with lots of retained lace. Citra hop aroma, smelling well contained and slightly fruity. Slightly acidic, despite a cushioning of malt, and sweet rice. Decent drinkability. A little tropical fruit. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick white head. Lightly carbonated. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is pine and resin hops. Flavor is a slight step down from the big aroma. Flavor is pine and citrus hops with a little malt sweetness in the background. Light to medium body. Finish is a little bitter, but not astringent. The alcohol is what makes this beer a 2IPA. I would say the flavor and aroma meets an IPA requirement. Still, a nice beer.