tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours fairly light orange/copper with minimal white head. Decent aroma of sweet hops (grapefruit/the usual) with some malt to back it up. Same for the palate. A tad thin. Not a creamy as I like my IIPA’s Decent balance between hops and malt. Average IIPA, but still better that your everyday beer. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Rated 3/8/07: Was able to get a couple 12 oz bottles from one of my regular stops. While I find this to be a nicely crafted IPA, it doesn’t appeal very highly to me. Hearty hop presence but they seem to act more as a bittering agent thus lacking in the flavoring department. Thick golden copper pour with a one and a half finger head and thick lacing, looks solid. Thicker mouthful than the standard IPA it came across as chewy which I liked but the finish is a touch soapy. Aroma is bitter with a lackluster citrus scent, malt is bready. Flavor is pretty good but like I said before I look forward to a more floral citrus bouquet in my IPA’s, this one is malty and bitter. Resinous and thick I like the malt content but long for more grapefruit and pine flavors. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 bottle- clear, copper color. piney pnw hops that smell great. Taste is very imperial like, with caramel malts dominating a bit. Still some bitterness, but nothing drastic. Pretty well balanced. Given other brews available in this style, I would not go back to this as an option anytime soon. draft- 06/08- enjoyed this quite a bit more on draft as the hop flavor really shined. re-rate bottle- 07/08- again,, liked this considerably more than the earlier rating stated. would absolutely go to this again. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper color with a white-colored head.
Smell: Sharp, sweet pine hop aroma with notes of caramel.
Taste: Firm citrus, grapefruit flavors with a small amount of caramel left to balance out the hops. Hints of bread dough. Very dry, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Thin, but a bit oily, as well.
Drinkability: This one wasn’t for me. Thin to a fault, and the malt flavor could be more distinct. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2007
22 oz bomber shared with rebelbeerguy. Poured a hazy orangeish/amber with a small off white head. Aroma was flowers, pine and some caramel malt in the background. Flavor was a little weak compared to the aroma but pleasant none the less. Pretty good beer all around.
caesar (7156) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2007
Clear orange color, short head. Aroma of sweet malt, grapefruit, hop, some candy sugar, pines. Quite bitter taste, moderate sweet, fruity as well. Quite complex. Not just hoppy. Very nice stuff. imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Amber in color big malty hop aroma followed by citrus aromas. Super sweet for a DIPA, not at all bitter. Malty sweetness, lightly carbonated. Highly drinkable, unusually so for a DIPA. Yummy and enjoyable in quantity. kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Orange/amber in color, fairly good sized foamy white head that lingers. Aroma is citris, caramel an date/raisin fruitiness. Nice big hop punch folwed by somewhat of a chewy caramel flavor. Medium body which is not typical of most DIPAs. Also a bit of warmth detected in the finish. Overall a very good beer. AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Poured from a bottle. Orange amber in color, average off white head. Nose is awesome. Lots of citrus, sweet malt and piney hops. A little soapy and sticky, but still an awesome DIPA. I ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2007
FAR sweeter than any IPA or double IPA i have ever tried, with a fair amount of fruitiness.. A great beer, but definately not what I was looking for in the style. An extremely sweet burnt raisin and caramel flavor with a peppery hop bite, but little bitterness, followed with a very pronounced, almost porter-like roastedness.