outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
12oz. bottle. Pours a red-twinged golden with a beautiful soapy head with lovely lacing developing over the course of consumption. The nose connotes orange blossom and ambrosia. The mouthfeel is unctuous with pronounced notes of grapefruit without being overly bitter. Near perfect balance, this beer is quite nice. Glad it’ll be available year round. Serious competition for some of the established IPA favorites. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
I really liked this beer. Actualy part of a very large lot of beers I got on my 21st birthday. I love IPAs, unquestionably my favority kind of beer. So, a great IPA is always a special beer for me. This is one of those IPAs that comes out really balanced. Some beers try to go too crazy, which is fun sometimes, but the sweetness and hops really go well together in this and make for a really drinkable balanced beer. Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Nice clear orange pour that shines in the light with a lasting nicotine stain looking pocked white head. Yep, there are hops in this. Grass? Yep. Pine? Yep. Citrus? Yep. The orange and cut grass nose is dominant here. Very inviting. Roasted hop flavor that is a bit rough. A sweetness exists here but it is overpowered and shoved to the back by the woody hop flavor that runs a bit off to the point of having an iced tea flavor. A heavy handed IPA but not really bad.
Ap-4 ar- 8 tas- 5 pal- 2 ov-12
CMUBEERMAN (457) - - FEB 19, 2006
This was shit. I don’t even think it should be called a double IPA. Color was a light orange...had a fastly disappearing head. Aroma was extremely muted and bland...just a bit of citrusy hops and a tad of alcohol. Taste was totally bland too...what they hell are you guys talking about...this isn’t hoppy enough for my grandmother. It was too sweet as well. I didn’t even attempt to finish this slut until nearly 2 hours after I opened it... only then when it was about 65-68 some odd degrees did it take on any flavor what soever. Clipper City can suck my balls. jrob21 (3810) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Holy smokes, if you don’t like hops don’t get this one. Very hop forward with tastes of apple and pear. Finishes rather quickly. Very carbonated and a decent beer.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Pours apricot orange with a white head that didn’t really linger too long. Aroma is very hoppy - citrus and pine for sure. First sip really took me by surprise - I didn’t expect such a big body from this ale. Tastes very flavorful in the hop arena and malty a bit toward the end. Finish is more bitter hops. They really kinda caught me in the back of the throat. Fun beer, I’d enjoy it again. A little big on the body for a straight up ipa, but the flavor is definitely there. Thanks goes out to JHop for the trade! Capa (3448) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Poures a nice golden color with a small head. Had a nice aroma of citrus and hops as well as some pine lurking in the background. The taste was classic IPA. Had some tasty grapefruit and floral notes along with an enjoyable matliness to it. Finished with a nice hop bitter end. A very nice IPA StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Transparent and magnifying with a pale brass color and a thin, sudsy, creamy white tinted head. Aroma is promising. Sweet sugared grapefruit laden with amarillo and chinook, honey comb, pine combs, spruce needles, grass stains and melted margarine. Crispness meets passion fruit in the flavor. Papaya, kiwi and mango meander to a tropical bubblegum motif. Grapefruit and strawberries chime in with starfruit. Interesting. Slightest hint of astringency stems from light citric orange connotations. Tantalizing and spritsy on the palate with touches of grain filled palate coatings. Alive and buoyant, and fairly well-balanced despite the eerie sweetness. Finish brings us full circle with strawberry kiwi and sugar sprinkled hop leafs. Thanks for the bottle, JPDIPSO! apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Cask: I was very impressed with this beer. Very nice-looking, dark yellow-orange body with a lush head. Very fresh, crisp hops in flavor/aroma. Great overall balance. I’d like to have this beer available around here, but I think I’d prefer it on cask rather than with more carbonation. Nice. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2015 Clear copper appearance with a medium size head and good lacing. Quite a range of hoppy aromas with pine, citrus and spices showing up at different intervals. Balance seems an appropriate description, with an impressive array of malts to match the equally impressive mix of hops. Nonetheless, the taste leans to the hoppier end of the scale, notably in the dry, bitter, slightly peppery, slightly metallic finish. The dry hopped, cask conditioned version is a real treat. An extremely drinkable beer that has become my favorite all occasion brew.