ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
Bit worried about the bottling date but here goes!smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Into a chalice at just on cool. Looks divine; a plume of white lifts atop a pastel, misty orange body. Fine, well conditioned carbonation fuels it and the lace it leaves behind is the work of artisans. The nose has all the olfactory tingling inklings of a heavily spiced, heavily boozy beer but a massive hop presence underlies it giving it a raw forest floor, pine needle, camphorous edge. A few more whiffs reveals plump, pale stonefruits, guava, orange, lemon balm and honey - very nice. Portrays a whole depth of fresh hops (considering my bottle is 8 months old and travelled half the planet!). The fruit of the nose here, tangy, ripe and supple with a malt matched sweetness. Whilst the alcohol is soft there is a slight hop burn to the back-end where it dries out before a lengthy fruit and malt finish. Camphor, eucalypt, grass, pine needles and nettles grip the mid-palate and dwell there long between sips. Body holds at medium-light, even as it warms, and the carbonation retains a liveliness that sees the beer race across the tongue. Bitter orange peel matches notes of honey and pear drop candy. This is a stiffly balanced beast. Wonderfully refreshing for an eight percent’er. Nice complexity to the nose matched by a wonderfully aromatic finish and tasty, contemplative palate. Loved it. Great stuff!! (65cL, Bottled 24/03/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
Pours clear burnt orange color with off white head. Grapefruit and pine aromas with some malt. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine flavors with bready malt. Medium body with average carbonation. Nice. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
On tap at Junkyard, Nottingham on 8 October 2014. Golden amber colour. Solid firm hop character. Quite grassy & herbal hops. Fairly bitter. Firm and nicely drinkable for a double IPA - no sticky malts. Rather prickly mouthfeel for my taste though. Overall good stuff.
Fatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pours a thin head on a darker straw colored body.
The aroma is pine and grapefruit.
The taste is big pine, lemon and grapefruit bitter with great balance.
The texture is fairly soft with moderate carbonation
Enjoyable. glennmastrange (2871) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle. Moderate bread and grain for the malt, heavy grapefruit for the hops, slight cheese for the yeast, with a hint of honey. Head is average size, frothy, slightly off-white with good yet thin lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is mostly clear medium amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Smells super hoppy, but this DIPA’s flavor has a lot of sweetness leaving it a bit out of balance for the style.
ClutchMasterson (64) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1.5 finger head which drops down to a nice foamy sheet. Aroma is a punch in the face of orange, lemon and sweet floral. Notes of sour candy and slight resin linger as well. Taste is a nice refreshing citrus and slight sweet on the front with a delicious hoppy light bitterness on the back with a light body and lively carbonation that isn’t too dry. Overall this is a delicious and wonderful Imperial IPA and i would drink this on a hot day anytime. lightbias (453) - USA - SEP 17, 2014
Pours a clear, light, golden amber with an off-white head. The aroma is mild, apricots and resin. The taste is hops but a nice balance hiding the alcohol, an average body, sticky, grassy, and pine. Definitely a keeper. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle from GBBF 2014 and drunk at home. Clear gold lasting white head. Well then. It’s a big double ipa from the States, yes. Resiny hop, check. Not quite as fresh as it could be or is that the crystal malt talking? It’s got sticky resiny hops. It’s got decent bitterness. Hop finish is pleasant. Yes an extreme beer but nothing to make it stand out from the other extreme dipas. Hides alcohol quite well but there is some heat on the finish. Decent. But against the style? It is what it is. spacecube (1723) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Keg at North Bar, sweet doughy malt, grapefruit, pineapple & piney hop, pepper, funky and a bit more complex. Palate is oily, finish is balanced leaving a sweet citrus aftertaste spokeydonkey (96) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Aroma: Resinous, onion/garlic, damp grass hop aroma mixing with some alcohol and a bit of caramel.
Appearance: Light copper and hazy. Minimal head.
Taste: Well-balanced is the first thing that comes to mind. It’s a big double IPA, but the hops are reigned in by a solid malt presence and sweetness. Hop notes are resinous, grassy, dank, a bit of onion/garlic. It’s followed up by a light malt sweetness and surprisingly doesn’t have a lingering bitterness. Its easy to go back for more on this one.
Palate: Full bodied without a lot of lingering bitterness. Finishes a lot lighter than you’d expect for its body.
Overall: A nice double IPA, but more restrained than a lot of west coast IPAs you find. Easy drinking and balanced for the style.