GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber with a rocky, tan head that has good retention and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of strawberry cheesecake, pineapple juice, caramel apple. Taste is incredibly refreshing and easy to drink despite its insane credentials. Lots of fresh, high-alpha acid hops, caramel malt, strawberries, papaya. Sweet flavors gain prominence over the relentless amount of hops giving this triple IPA a very balanced character. The only other triple IPA I have tried is DFH 120 min, which was undrinkable in my opinion. This is the opposite. I demolished this beer way too quickly. The 12% abv is extremely well hidden. Overall excellent. AcctError43480 (235) - Columbus, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours amber with little off white head. Aroma is hoppy with caramel notes in the background. Flavor is citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel. Very big beer, but very enjoyable. Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2009
On tap at founders. Pours a red/amber color. Smells like hops galore. This beer isn’t called triple IPA for nothing. The hops are very strong in this one, with some aftertaste of the alcohol. stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Pours cloudy amber. The nose is caramel and hops. Comes across the palate as caramel, honey, and hops. Excellent heavy sipper. TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Pours a reddish amber with a little bit of off white head.
Smells like sweet malts and some citrusy piney hops. The hop aroma is nowhere near what I’d expect from a triple IPA. Flavor is good, sweet malt and bitter hops up front followed by alcohol warmth and some lingering bitterness, not a lot of fruit or anything interesting, but good none the less. Mouthfeel is warming and thickish.
Overall, a good but not amazing beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2011 Re-rate (9/10/2011): 12oz bottle. Pours a murky, orange-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing throughout. Aroma is big resiny grapefruit pines with a few florals and a medium-light caramel sweetness to balance. I get a touch of tropical fruit too. The pines on this aroma are very deep, but the caramel offers a nice sweetness to balance. Flavor is similar. Tons of resiny, deep pines with lots of grapefruit up front. Solid caramel that is medium-light in sweetness offers a nice balance, but still allows the piney hops to dominate. Finishes dry and highly bitter, but not abrasive. Lots of piney resins and a light caramel leave a lengthy aftertaste following a medium, tad bit sticky body with a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a really nice DIPA. Much better than I remember. Tons of pines and a solid caramel sweetness to balance. Highly enjoyable beer. (8,4,8,4,15=3.9). Original Rating (7/5/2009): 12oz bottle. Pours a clear, ruby-orange body with a thin, creamy, beige head that leaves a light lacing. Aroma is straight up hops. Lots of sweet and resiny pine and florals with just a hint of sweet caramels. Flavor is similar. Lots of juicy grapefruits and pineapple. Big time sweet pines with a light resin. A light caramel keeps this somewhat balanced, but this is clearly focused on the hops. Dry, medium bodied, and very clean for such an IBU explosion. Long, sweet pine aftertaste. Overall, a very tastey DIPA, but for some reason left me unexcited. Seems like it needs more than just an excess of sweet hops. (7,3,7,4,15=3.6). j12601 (13117) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle from daknole. Thanks man. Pours a deep hazy brown with a medium lightly tanned beige head. Malt, caramel, plums, and hops on the nose. Starts off smelling almost like a barleywine, possibly due to the high grain bill, but maybe due to age… I’m not sure how long the bottle was around before I got my paws on it. It would be nice if everyone did the batch labeling like Bell’s does. Thick. Quite thick actually, with a big malt component, and a bit of alcohol coming through. Finishes with a bit more alcohol and a big spicy hop bitterness. I was expecting more out of this, and will maybe have to track down one when I know it’s super fresh. theisti (4206) - Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 12 oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. Pour is reddish golden orange with nice settling and a 1/2 inch off white head. Sticky lacing left behind as the beer falls. Very unique color, I can’t remember a beer that looked quite like this one. Aroma of big resin pine hop bitterness, along with an earthy peanut shell aroma. Some citrus sweet and light alcohol in the back. Really fresh smelling. Actually pretty subdued for such a ginormous beer. Taste is big resin hops, though not nearly as bittering as I was expecting from the nose. The fruit sweetness is honey apple, and is strong and dry. Behind the fruit sweetness is a warming and lingering alcohol presence. It really doesn’t stick out too much, but is evident. Very much in the background is some toasty malt. Balance is way towards the hops in this one. The palate is medium to heavy, coats the mouth yet is dry and clean in the finish. More of the dry hop resin lingers with the alcohol in the finish. Alcohol really comes out as it warms. The honey really never cloys. Well constructed beer, I suppose, just not entirely my thing. Bigmmartin (620) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Hell yeah, finally saw it again back on the shelves in Ohio. Extremely hoppy aroma, tons of grassy, piney, resin aromas. Flavor is strong as hell. One of the hoppiest beers I’ve ever tasted. This one is unique, and stands out from many other IPAs. Has a nice sweet and malty backbone to back of the extreme hops. Reminds me alot of Hopslam, minus the honey. Very nice. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2009
bottle. thanks tim. deep copper pour with thin soapy head. fragrant aroma of rich papery malts, and earthy hops. rich maltiness, apricot and pear, syruppy bitter finish. one big hoppy monster.