Travlr (23631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the source. Clear amber color, medium brown head. Aroma of bright grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine. Taste is extremely bitter start to finish, with citrus and other fruit. Too bitter for my taste.
nimbleprop (8082) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz pour at Franklin’s is a very hazy orange with some thin, lacing, white head. Nose is sweet nose, honey, malt, a little candy, resinous too, pine, grapefruit, sticky orange juice. Flavor is the same, well balanced between some honey sweetness and a punch of pine, soap, grapefruit, meyer lemon, blood orange, a little kumquat. Full, sticky, bitter finish.
argo0 (14028) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some herbal, pine, orange. taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple/pine. Highly bitter. Medium body, some resin.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub: pours a clear deep golden with a clingy-lacing white head. Has a sweet light caramel malty nose with lots of crisp resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and pale malty sweetness with a healthy dose of citrusy bittering and flavor hops before a slightly drier bittersweet finish. True to style and dangerously drinkable.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Franklins 10/17/11. Nice orange pour with a white head. Aroma was massive citrus and resin hoppiness. Grapefruit comes to the front but there’s some sweet orange and lemon hints in there too. Pine resin plays a back note. Smells awesome. Flavor was amazing on the front end. Big citrus hop bomb with a decent sweet backbone. This beer is brutal on the back end though. Intensely bitter. It gets into a fist fight with your tongue. The malt character wasn’t up to the challenge of taming the hops bitterness. I enjoyed this thoroughly until I got about halfway through the glass then I had to throw in the towel. Kick up the malt profile a bit and this would be a clear winner.
lamas (1630) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on 09/23/11. Arrived at the table a slightly hazy copper color with a skim of a beige head. Fairly standard I2PA aroma profile with plenty of floral qualities and some spiciness to go along with the resiny pine, grapefruits, and rich caramel maltiness. Went down medium-bodied. No surprises taste-wise - plenty of chewy caramel upfront followed by a slightly biscuity middle and lots of grapefruits and citrus rinds at the end. Resiny and bitter. Lots of spiciness was present throughout. Some warming alcohol was mildly noticeable.