mcberko (17854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2017
12 oz. bottle, pours a clear copper amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out piney and resinous hops, and toasted caramel malt. Flavour is along the same lines, with resinous hops, some pine and caramely bready malt. I’m rather puzzled this has such high ratings, as the hops and malt balance is a bit off - fairly sweet, with some slightly clashing notes. Not very convinced by this one. Ferris (15475) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Draft - Fresh grapefruit and a nice sweetness. Clear gold with a rich white head. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit. Bitterness is well balanced but no real malt profile. Tmoney99 (14501) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2010
Draft sample. Poured clear amber color with an average to large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy resin eathy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations and a standout for this brewer.
slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Waaay better than any other 4p beer tried. Fresh hoppy aroma and flavor. Some pine, spice and mango (?)
Thick n chewy. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Nice pour at the AZ strong beer ferst. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Good honey notes, citrus and floral hops and come biscuity notes too. Flavor is sweet and balanced by some floral and earthy hops. Well done. Very nice.
marcus (10232) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 25, 2017
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours dark gold with a clinging beige head and a toffee and citrus aroma. There is a medium-bodied pale malt flavor with a fairly bitter finish. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Finally get to try this after missing the last several releases. Eagerly consumed the 9.5% elixir on tap at the Wilson St. location. It was poured into a room temperature aroma killing half pint where it exhibited a nice re-assuring looking semi opaque hop hazed body that is has deep gold hues and supporting a white head of foam that leaves behind some sheet lacing. The aroma offers up a modest degree of resiny pine hops and a mild malt sweetened citrus grapefruit like note that seems to be sandwiched between the mild maltiness and pine hops. The taste is thick and robust and inviting sticky resiny pine sap that gets an initial wedge of citrus hops squeezed in there. The robust resiny hops fade into malt sweetened citrus hop flavor and a touch of caramel malts. It is interesting how the thick sticky resiny hops fade linearly into a mild bitterness into the finish. Solid IIPA with sink your teeth into it chewy big body resiny pine hop goodness. The only knock is that bit of caramel malts I was getting that gets in the way of the great hoppiness a bit. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2017
Cheers to ibrew2or3 for the share. Pours a yellow-orange with an off white head. Nose is caramel, orange, lemon, citrus, slight honey, and some mild grass. Flavor hits with decent malt, some mild lemon, orange, caramel, and grassy bitterness. Medium in body and lingering sweet citrus in the finish. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2015
28 June 2015, tap. Pinkish gold, clear, no bubbles. Nose is slightly sweet, maybe rye malt, cotton candy. Med body and moderately fizzy. Kind of dank, moderately bitter. Decent. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Served on tap at Four Peaks Tempe; July 2012,br>
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, hint of red tinged, bright copper color. The nose is pungently hoppy with aromas of huge lychee, pineapple, herbal citrus oil, lots of concentrated tangelo zest. Supporting notes of crushed pale malt, whole grain crackers, and perhaps some warming alcohol as the beer warms up.
Fairly dry, aggressively hoppy, with a bit biting hop bitterness, a linger herbal and pine hop character, as well as a dominant hop fruit character that contributes flavors of lychee, and more citrus than was noticeable in the aroma. This has a nice carbonic bite and some prickly carbonation to it that helps to lighten the body; truthfully though, the body is light enough for a beer this big; it is viscous and has a certain palate presence, but it is actually still light enough to be refreshing (assuming you like scathing hops in your beer). Linger flavors of Curacao orange zest, guava, floral peach, citrus pepper, and hints of malt that leans towards pale crackers, and perhaps a hint of honey like malt sweetness. There is just enough hop character here to carry the hops, it is quite subtle, but I like that there is enough residual malt character that lots of the hop fruit flavors come through. The hop character has a touch of dank herbaceous character to it, but the sharper notes lean more towards pine, green herbs, slight menthol, peppery herbal notes, and lots of scathing bitterness. The alcohol is held fairly well in check, it does add some warming and a touch of oral nasal fumes as the beer warms up.
Definitely quite nice; it certainly fits the bill for a quality, tasty, Double IPA. I really like that this drinks quite light; which helps makes this refreshing in the hot warehouse that is the Four Peaks Tempe location. Through the roof, scathingly hoppy, yet not harsh or out of balance (at least if you are a certifiable hop-head).