Franckg (1782) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Arômes d’orange, tangerine, ananas, pamplemousse, alcool et effluves de fraicheur. Le goût est doux et balancé. Très loin des double ipa typiques trop résineuse ou sucrée. Ici, c’est des agrumes et un soupçon de poivre (alcool?) mais le haut taux d’alcool ne paraît aucunement. L’amertume est sèche, fruitée, douce, parfaite. En gros, c’est le genre de ipa que j’ai toujours rêvée de boire. J’aurais mangée la bouteille si j’avais pu. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Tremendous thanks to SFLpunk and imagineiii for making this possible, and ensuring that quite a few people in the DC circle will get to try this one out. First 750 is all for me. Nothing like having over a dozen tickable pours all to myself.
Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip glass.
Pours a moderately-hazy bright apricot color with a strong two-finger white head. Fairly fluffy. There’s some good retention and gobs and gobs of spotty lacing as it goes down the glass. Good collar and -- appropriately -- a galaxy-swirl cap on top throughout.
The nose starts out with some very, very strong citrus. Lots of grapefruit and orange rind. Some tropical mango in the background. Some more hops. Then some more. Damn. As it warms, the grapefruit takes a bit over from the orange and tropical notes. One of the better smelling DIPAs that I’ve come across. Me giving something a 5.0 is rare. It being a DIPA that doesn’t feature Citra is even rarer. I’m not a Citra fanboy at all :) (That’s right, a smiley face in a review...I’m pretty sure I’ve never done that before.)
The flavor begins with some supremely-aggressive hop components. Grapefruit pith abounds. Looking for serious hop action? Whoop, there it is. Smiley face? Check. Old-school "ashamed to have had singed and danced to" song? Check. Rolling on all cylinders tonight. Reference to Brian Regan. Class act.
Other than the all-out grapefruit assault, there’s some malt in the background. Who am I kidding? No there’s not. It’s all hops. This is what a double IPA should be. As has been a frequent topic of forum discussions, no, hops don’t belong everywhere. Straight fact, though: malt does not belong in an American Imperial IPA. It simply does not. That’s an American Barleywine. Shaun gets an A+ here for brewing a beer that is an all-out hop assault that I never need a break from. The bitterness and flavor both take me to the brink, but never off the edge. So much hop flavor and bitterness all in one package.
Medium body with a brisk, crisp bitterness and moderate carbonation. No real alcohol character. Strong bitterness. Then some hop fruitiness. Nearly a flawless beer. Now, given that this review is about eleventy billion times my average review length, I think I’ll call it quits. Cheers.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 07-06-2011 GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Thanks to GlouGlouBurp for the growler. Possibly the best IPA I’ve ever had. Incredible aroma of pine and citrus. Unbelievably hoppy without any overpowering alcohol. Smooth in the nose with and unmatched freshness. Flavor is an onslaught of hops, with nothing being overly potent. No sign of the alcohol. Perfectly attenuated and dry. Grapefruit is intense, like biting a huge chunk of the freshest Florida pink grapefruit. Lingers for days. Simply a delight to drink. I need more of this. PhillyCraft (7597) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Growler pour. Poured a ultra hazed out glowing golden color. White head w/ medium lacing. Aroma is a fruit basket of grapfruit, mango, melon, and grapefruit on top of some sweet and bitter malts. Taste was pure trpoical honey with piney and oily resin profiles. Sickening how good this beer was. jra1983 (32) - york haven, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Had on tap at the worthy burger. Pour a cloudy, hazy tangerine color. Nice pillowy head. Nose is of tropical fruits, peaches, slight pine. Taste was much the same as the nose.
Ataraxia (563) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Hazy yellow orange color, thin white head. Soft aroma of tropical grapefruit, citrus, mango, and peach. Mild fruity sweetness. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Light bitterness in the finish with virtually no alcohol presence. Strife21 (338) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Pours blowing hazy golden orange with white head. Smell is mango, orange , citrus, tropical fruit and hops. Taste is juicy hops, pine, tropical fruit, mango, slight bitterness on finish. Ultra smooth mouth feel. Silky. Medium body, medium carb. skiatd1 (52) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Aroma- very hoppy and fruity
Appearance- cloudy yellow
Taste- very smooth, somewhat fruity, strong hop presence that has a bitter after taste
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone illbitit (2) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2017 does not count
Draft pour at Armsby Abbey. Pours a hazy light, golden color with the typical long lasting HF head. Smell and taste is galaxy hop perfection and the ABV is practically hidden. Palate is soft and silky. Overall this is an outstanding perfectly balanced IIPA. ChairMissing (20) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2011
To me, the best DIPA my limited funds can buy. An upfront citrus nose, a murky orange with a nice white head. The taste is out of this world, balanced perfectly between sweet and bitter, with a nice medium finish and dry bitter finish.