talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2011
The beer pours a clear, orangey-amber color with a fairly small, pillowy, white head which is somewhat lasting and leaves a few, drippy lace rings. The nose is a bit all over; lime, melon, and orange with herbal, grassy, and piney hops backed by light caramel and dry bread. The flavor is similar, all over the place; more toasted caramel and dry bread; more herbal and grassy notes than anything, some pine, quite limey... The bitterness is moderately high to high but a bit sharp. The palate is more IPA-like than imperial - lively, light to medium, and drying from the bitterness and dry bread notes. The finish is dry, lingering, still more lime and herbal, slight spice, and dry bread. Not sure where the lime notes came from (maybe the citra?) but a bit odd for the beer. Not to mention all the competing hop notes. The dry bready notes from the malt do not allow any balance, and the bitterness is sharp. Pretty much a miss for me. Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Nice aroma with complex malt and strong multiple dimensional hops aromas. The flavor is really nice save for the citra needing to be cranked down a hair. The finish is a bit drying but not unpleasant. Overall a very nice beer. Thanks to argo0! argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2011
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, light lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some pine, caramel. Medium-full body, some resin, fairly drinkable. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Sampled on 7/9/2011. This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is floral and citrusy, herbal and tropical. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are caramel, fruity, tropical. Lots of orange and orange peel. The hops are piney, citrusy and herbal. Nice carbonation. Hoppy without being an over the top hop bomb, (remember what those were?) mostly balanced leaning slightly to the hops. Crisp and clean. Lots of hop flavors at the finish, and they linger way past the aftertaste. Think hop burps. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp, but with a whole lot of dryness. Aftertaste is bitter. 502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 9, 2011
Must be a new brew. From a bomber. Kind of curious why this is a "double" IPA at a mere 7.5%. Anyways, clear copper body nice white head. The aroma and flavor are both fresh hops with a nice pale malt presence. Very balanced and easy going. It is not the most bold ipa, but it is certainly perfectly fine with me.
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Thin an wispy head. The beer is only slightly hazy, and carries a dark copper color. This looks great, so far. It has a light pine hop aroma. Tons of tropical fruit hits my nostrils. Why this is so, I don’t know. Quite possibly a bad choice of hop? Wow, tons of fruit, both in the aroma, and in the flavor. This has a ton of orange in it; a little too much orange, I think. This is very fruity, and only lightly hoppy. An Imperial/Double IPA? I don’t think so. The lingering bitterness is decent. Overall, very fruity and decent. Remember, breaking up is hard to do. Alphadelic (2235) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Cask conditioned at the brewery: Bright orange with some stiff yellow-stained head. A fresh orangey hop aroma on the nose with some strawberry candy sweetness. Herby flavours mingle with extra bitter orange peel astringency. There is a little lightening of the hoppy burden with a twinkle of cereal as it fades down the throat. DoctorB2B (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Very impressed with this offering from Full Sail. The smell is intoxicating .. tons of citrusy and tropical fruits. Flavor wise was even better ... not to insanely bitter. The malt backbone balanced this beer out quite well.
I will definitely buy this again and again! Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Very tasty citrus and lemony hops. Pretty well balanced. Bitter green earthy hops. Very enjoyable. ajd6c8 (70) - USA - JUN 9, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 What a great surprise from Full Sail. Beautiful orange color and with flavor to match. The orange and lemon really shine, but are perfectly matched by the 5 different hops. Nose is ok. Palate is great - fruity sweet up front and bitter as hell on the back. This may be one of the best "Summer IPA’s" I’ve ever had. I opened this intending on sharing, but I think I might just drink the whole bomber right now.