pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2007
bottle.....appearance: medium toffee brown with a light shade of caramel head. semi transparent....aroma: huge tropical fruit nose. a get more lynchee than grapefruit but both are represented here. very nice.....taste: a little bit of tropical/citrus fruit paired with a strong malt backbone. some pine soon followed and lingering grapefruit bitterness to finish. a softer bite at the end would have made a big difference to me but all in all, an above par iipa. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
[613-20070914] 22floz (w/ blankboy, jerc, tupalev). Un-sticky pine resin hops aroma is like a forest bed of freshly fallen needles surrounding little slices of citrus grapefruit. Hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Bitter initial bite continues with grapefruit citrus and grassy pine resin flavour. Medium-full body has a bitter bite and smooth finish. Very interesting and FRESH, the alcohol is particularly well-hidden. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2007
22. Thanks, FranksnBeans! Pours opaque dark mahogany with occasional coppered amber highlights. Super dark even for a DIPA. THick moussy tan head. Nice fruity nose, super duper mango-y. Medium body, firm carb, intense candied fruit throughout the mid-palate and into the finish. Long sticky linger of a hop fruit sugar smack at the tail end. Great little DIPA. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
65 cl. bottle. Dark clear amber colour with a little fine white head. Very nice hoppy aroma of melon, citrus, and caramel, also flavour of hops, such as melon, citrus and with a quite bitter finish very harmonich. Capa (3330) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Thanks to Lowe1983 for the bottle. Dark caramel with a decent-sized orangeish head. Mmmm, hops! Citrus, grapefruit, floral, some pine- intense. Also a solid background of caramel malts. Very well blended aroma. Powerful hop flavor similar to the aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, pine and floral notes, with that caramel backbone carrying the flavors through to the end. Finish is long and bitter, with a touch of sweet malts. Smooth, dry body. This is a first rate IIPA from a brewery that is fast becoming one of my favorites.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
22 oz bottle 8/11/07: Lasting medium sized light beige head on an orange/chestnut hazy body. Big hops in the aroma! Piney, grapefruity, and floral. Also slightly grassy, but also has balanced toasted and caramel malt, definitely hop dominant, but strong enough to give a malt presence. Bready malt appears as it warms, and is pretty clean of fruity esters. Balanced just to bitter, and pleasant, which keeps the malt back bone in check. Lightly sweet up front, but again, hop dominant with citrusy and herbal/grassy notes throughout. Bready and toasty malt balance the flavor. Caramel malt seems light, but there and keeps the sweetness up to restrain the bitterness. Lower fruity esters, and mostly from the citrusy hops, semi dry finish, herbal, citrusy, and grassy aftertaste. Very well hidden alcohol in both palate and flavor. Smooth, fuller body, and lower medium carbonation. Nicely make IIPA! Nicely balanced and dangerously drinkable. Goes well with BBQ ribs and chicken wings. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2007
22oz bottle via trade (thanks crizay!). She pours a semi hazy copper with a large chunky beige head. Nose is floral hops, nuts and even some subtle chocolate. Taste starts with some toffee, breadiness, and then the hops come on and are herbal and earthy with some slight citrus notes. THis almost seems like an Imperial ESB...or an East Coast IIPa..lol...body is medium, carbonation is moderate/high. It is all good, but i am spoiled on Pac NW hop-bombs...and this is as far from that as Great Brittain is from Oregon. But still. it is all good in an East Coast Hoppalicious sort of way!! 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2007
GABF 2007. The beer pours to a hazed amber body with a creamy dense white head. The aroma is divine. Rich grapefruit and tons of caramel. Notes of pine. The flavor is bitter pine and grassy hops with a really rich buttery caramel base. The palate is rich and creamy and moderately bitter. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2007
10/20/07: On tap @ Smokehouse tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Deep brown body with an almond colored head. Strong and fresh hop aroma (fir tree and citrus). Flavors include: sweet caramel malt, raisin, fir tree hop, apricot, orange peel and even a touch of peach. Finish is medium long and sweet. Beer was very fresh in aroma and flavor.
22 ounce bottle from Gregis’ Van Halen trip to Indy
Pours amber reddish with a thick, sticky, off white head. Thick bands of lace left behind.
Huge, but not agressive, grapefruit aroma. Pronounced notes of toast and caramel malts.
I think that we needs more hops. Really. We are almost too sweet here. The commercial Description up there mentions balance. The caramel character seems to take over the flavor. The finish is plenty bitter.
Syrupy mouthfeel. Medium body. Average amount of carbonation.
Nothing wrong with this beer. I just don’t really hold it as high as some others. I’d drink lots of his whenever given the chance. Thanks Greg.