Telios (10) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
I’ve been waiting to try this one on tap before writing a review. Thanks to Redlight Redlight (Orlando), that time has come!! The huge, fresh aroma consists of mostly grapefruit citrus with minor pine and floral tones . It has a clear copper to amber appearance with minimal white head. I love the sticky intricate lacing it leaves on my glass. The taste is similar to the awesome aroma and the bitterness is balanced with a nice sharp sweetness that lingers on the back of your tongue with an oily, resinous texture. There’s really no alcohol burn and I find this beer highly drinkable as I keep sipping to try to wash down that sweet, oily taste/feeling in the back of my throat. The ABV is at the top of my preferred range and after two pints I feel great. The first time I had this beer it became an instant favorite and as I continue to try other IPAs and DIPAs, I am always disappointed they don’t taste more like this. flyingshoes (100) - USA - MAY 30, 2009
22 oz bottle. Very grassy and citrusy aroma. Irresistable blend of sweet and bitter fruit flavors; one of the best DIPAs out there. A must-try. carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Aroma is pure pine hops. Somewhat earthy on the pour. Body is a clear dark orange with a really thin coating of carbonated head that leaves quickly with no lacing. Taste is almost a sweet candy bitter. Really nice palate. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Draft at Taphouse. fantastic hop aroma with an incredible fruity hop flavor. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Can’t believe the ABV on this one. Incredibly drinkable and definitely one of the best IPA’s I’ve had. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Friggin love this one. Huge hop aroma and flavors. The pineapple/ grapefruit combo is top notch. An absolute hop-bomb that really goes down nice and easy. Hangs with the best of the best in my mind when it comes to IIPA’s. So juicy and tasty. One of the best.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Style; glass: DIPA; Tulip
22 fl oz x 8% ABV = 176 / 60 = 2.93 beers * 150 C = 439.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $4.49
Aroma: hay, orange peel, pineapple, pine trees, salt.
Visuals: intriguing packaging, looks like top shelf whiskey, deep amber, brilliantly clear, off white head, intricate thin lace.
Taste: well balanced, light sweetness throughout, citrus rind tones continuously present, strength balanced with sensibility.
Palate: dry, towel, long bitter finish with sweetness lying underneath.
Overall: A very well balanced DIPA. A definite repeat. A sure favorite. At $5 a bomber, an amazing value. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Another solid hoppy beer from Lagunitas. Rich citrus and floral hops dominate this beer, but it has the sweetness in the malts to keep it from being overly bitter. Great mouthfeel and finish. Yummy. ben4321 (6502) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Location:On tap at Capital Ale House, Innsbrook, 5/7/09
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Aroma: Citrus fruits and floral hops mostly
Appearance: A nice copper color, and decently thick, off-white head
Flavor: A really nice hop flavor with an appreciable amount sweetness that gives it just a little balance
Palate: Decently full bodied, and a really nice mouthfeel
I really liked this one a lot, tasted pretty fresh on tap, and drank really nicely, a really good example of a great style of beer.
the smell is HEAVY on the grapefruit and has hints of mango and lemon. this smells... so... good! looks very fizzy, pours with no head and the usual color if a little paler than i expected. surprisingly sweet with a tantalizing hops finish. tastes tropical and fruity. palate is smooth and fizzy, just perfect for lounging around. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 My Bottom Line:
The tropical fruit grove in which these resinous hops grow titillates both nose and tastebuds, making you forget there is anything else going on in this wondrous Double IPA. Quite drinkable for its size, this must be simply gorgeous fresh on tap.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty light bronze.
-This is one of the most attractive IPA perfumes I’ve ever had the chance to smell. Resinous, citrusy and mango fruitiness, sandy Simcoe-like notes, wooden background, etc. Redolent of 3F Dreadnaught even.
-The flavor profile is not as complex as the aroma, but toasted and honeyed malts do make an appearance, attempting balance.
-Carbonation is smooth and the body is silky, creating optimal drinking conditions (for a strong ale).