yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 8, 2009
Pretty light in color for this style. Aroma is mild with some hops. Not powerful at all. Taste is sweet malts, citrus and pine hops. Clean and smooth wit hnot much of a bite. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 Pours mostly clear except for the suspended particles with some white head. Sweet pine aroma with a strong bitter taste.
Alcohol and orange zest are present. Very well balanced. TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a straw amber-yellow with a thin white head. Nice aroma of grapefruit hops, a bit of malty sweetness, and not much else. The flavor is definitely hop-dominated, bitter, with just a touch of malt for balance. Slightly bready finish. Prominent alcohol. Not bad by any means, but still a little bit disappointing - it seems to me like Founders is much better at making darker/sweeter beers. mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2009
12 oz bottle. After 3 straight months of drinking Hopslam and The Maharaja, there is almost no point in rating this beer. A golden orange pour with minuscule head leads to a somewhat slightly floral aroma packed with a boozie kick. An overly malty, somewhat bitter hop characteristic follows on the palate leaving more desired to the senses. While Pliny the elder is beautiful and bright as the sun, and the previous two beers mentioned above have a wonderfully grapefruity, citrusy, yet still malty flavor that masks the alcohol, the double trouble presents a somewhat bland, dim downed variation of what makes a great DIPA. Somewhat reminiscent of imagining banging that one really hot chick. Then when you do, you find out she was just a starfish. And she gave you herpes. Alright, not that disappointing. How about crabs? TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2009
Lively hops and strong alcohol kick. This one give Hopslam a run for its money. Founders has another winner!
wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle from pimpp. Thanks Patrick!. Pours light amber with a medium offwhite head. Mild fruity hop bitterness. Easy to drink. Not sweet and malty, but not dry either. Nice balanced IPA. Very good. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle from Sun Singer in Champaign. Pours a bright yellow hue. Assertive notes of lemon peel on the nose lead into abrasive hops with lemongrass, grapefruit, prickly pear, pineapple, and rosemary on the palate. Finish is palate cleansing. Its well done for its style, although not something I would reach for regularly. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 12oz bottle from bruisin ales and updated with the FRESH batch, bottled 1/15/10, from grape & gourmet. pours a lighter, yellow gold with slight haze and a thin lacy head. aroma is wonderful with big, slightly sugary, grapefruit and pine hops, and a touch of floral ester and grass notes. flavor was excellent as well with a huge array of hop flavors - grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, apricot, pineapple, wintergreen, and grass with a great white pepper note on the back end. slightly tangy with big bitterness on the finish and just enough caramel malt balance to tame the hops. palate is crisp, medium bodied, and carries it 9.4% with class. overall, great brew. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
Liquid Sunshine V. 12-oz. Very slightly hazy medium gold. Very little head or lace. Mildly bitter nose. Creamy medium body, slightly prickly carb. Long bitter finish. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2009
Clear gold color with a thin white head, very Bowie like. On the plus side--no alcohol or plastic in the aroma. It does have a pine-forest/ grapefruit aroma.
On a bad note--it had a used swimming tube aroma.
Taste is of pine-sprigs, very oily, and fairly sweet.
Overall-- Pine predominates and clings.