bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle: pours a hazy, straw-colored yellow with a thin white head, aroma of floral hops and citrus, taste is hoppy but not overpowering, crisp with citrus notes, nice touch of bitterness in the finish. Pretty good balance to this which makes it a DIPA that I could drink with some regularity. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of RyanC84 poured into a tulip.
Pours a bright, clear golden amber with a fluffy white head that left good lacing on the way down and staying on as a cap for the duration.
The aroma is fantastic on this with and dominated by hops of the citrus and floral variety. There plenty of grapefruit and lemons but I can definitely pick up some pine in the nose as well. The bready malts are there but take a back seat.
The taste isn’t quite as impressive but is still dominated by hops. The citrus is there up front but not quite as sweet as the aroma suggested. The bready malt forms a detectable backbone before the citrus finishes things off with an bracing bitterness that lingers as an aftertaste with a slight burn of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and fairly dry with lots of sticky hops lingering on the palate.
This is a beer that I would almost term a hop bomb. Tons and tons of juicy citrus hops and fairly abrasive in the finish. For a hophead likie me, those are good things. kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pours a light amber/orange with a thin filmy white head that leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is lightly sweet fruit and has a wonderful resiny, piney, grapefruity quality that begs you take take a drink. Flavor is decidedly bitter with a nice caramel backbone. Nice fruitiness as well. Medum ot full bodied Finish is very dry, long and citrusy bitter. I say 2 thumbs up for Devil Dancers replacement! elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours cloud orange with a small white head. Aroma is very flowery, soapy and citrusy, with orange, lemon, tangerine and grapefruit. Flavor is full of hoppy bitterness, right from the get go. Definitely one of the more assertive hop drinks I’ve had in awhile. Grapefruit, underripe blood orange, and kumquat come to mind. Finish is a touch sharp, full of citrus, and lasting. dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Wonderful IPA citrusy bitter aroma that gets the saliva flowing. Swallow, then take that first inhaling through the nose sip. Tastes strong of grapefruit bitter, with notes of pine. Overall, this is a great IIPA that isn’t overbearing. Alcohol is hidden very well. Thoroughly enjoyed.
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12oz bottle from Sam’s. Pours a clear yellow with a soapy white head and a distinct citrus and piney nose that isn’t too complex but is quite inviting. Piney citrus, grapefruit flavors that are strongly bitter and resiny. Not too complex or malty but bitter and delicious - how a good DIPA should be. MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a clear amber with a medium beige head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is citric hops and some malt backbone. Flavor matches aroma with significant bitterness building as I drink it. Lots of grapefruit, a touch of mango, and hop resins. inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 Great aroma, nice brilliant gold color with a quickly dissipating head. The flavor is way too harsh and bitter. Highly resinous, not much in the way of a pleasing hop flavor. Not a big fan of this... Rating = 3.5
Re-Rate...2010 Version. Aroma is even better than last year, tons of citrusy, grapefruit and all that good stuff. But the biggest improvement for me is the lack of the really metallic astringent bitterness. This stuff is amazing this year. Rating = 4.2 durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Not sure why I haven’t bought more of this tasty beer. Lovely tropical fruits on the nose. Some pine and resiny hops as well as sweet malts. Bummed that the taste gave me much more resin than fruitiness. Surprisingly pale pour. Need to buy and try again! DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Pours turbid dark straw, more gold than brown, with 2-finger fluffy, well retained head. Nose is wet hops, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, honeydew. This is as good as it gets for an IPA/IIPA aroma. Tastes of dripping wey resiny hops, solid caramel malt to back up all the hops, and mid-palate tropical fruit and black peppery notes. The palate is complex, rich, and smooth. This is another outstanding IPA, with amazingly well hidden alcohol.