Grumbo (3847) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2017 NICU (12) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, OR.
Clear, copper colored beer capped with a thin, wispy head. Nose of grapefruit, some cattiness, some fusel alcohol heat, and just a touch of diacetyl buttery character.
The flavor carries more of the same, but throws in some grainy, bready malt and some fruity esters for good measure. The body is right where it should be; not too heavy, but hefty enough to support the massive amount of hops they tossed in. Subdued carbonation and silky texture create a creamy mouthfeel with just a little pricklyness around the edges caused by the hops finding their way into every nook and cranny of your mouth.
The finish is surprising for a beer this hoppy. It leaves some spicy, piney hop resin in the sides of your mouth, but there’s almost no burning hop bitterness in your throat. I guess you could almost call it "smooth" which seems like a strange adjective to use when describing something that’s supposed to be so big and burly.
All in all its a pretty good beer, and I wouldn’t turn one down if it was offered, but it costs about the same as a bottle of Hopsickle, and I think I’d prefer one of those 9 times out of 10.
Bottle at the IP2 bottle share, and courtesy of trade with Asbjorn. Region #106. Pours hazy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of toffee, molasses and malt. Medium plus sweetness, light bitterness. Medium to full bodied, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Good brew.
60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2017
Pours clear ruby, small amount of head. Oak, earth, caramel sweet malts and pine hop. Classic formula done well. Harsh and biting. These guys haven’t blown me away yet but I’m waiting for it. Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle. Deep orange pour, off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, resin, pine and caramel. Flavor is slightly bitter, fruity and with a huge body. Amazing brew. jandd1983 (4550) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Bottle. It poured a golden color with a white head. The aroma was of floral hops with some citrus and vanilla. The taste was similar to the aroma with more hops and some caramel malts, with more vanilla, grapefruit and spices. Tasty. kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Dark orange with a thin off white head. Very sweet malty nose full bodied with a lot of hop flavor and little bitter
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slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Big thick pine resin aroma and flavor, very bitter. Big bodied and chewy. There are better hop combos than this, but it’s good. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pine. Strong. Decent. Drink in big swigs. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Good pour with 1 inch eggshell head that sticks to the side of the glass ... with a big piney nose as soon as the beer hits the glass .... I am gonna like this one. Deep amber/reddish orange... maybe not the right color for a DIPA, but no complaints here... still a very nice color.
Smell is awesome ... no let down at all. Big malts and much bigger American hops. Grapefruit, misc. citrus, and pine coupled perfectly with stick to your nose-hair sweetness.
Taste is a lingering mash-up of balance. Thick without overpowering flavors. Striking bitterness gives way to viscous malts with a loooong lingering hop flavor. toasted malts are in there... mmmm! Big and balanced. BeerdedDave (1853) - Beckley, USA - OCT 12, 2015
cloudy amber color; lots of hops in the aroma; fruity, citrusy hop aroma with herbal notes; a bitter. Hoppy beer; piney, citrusy hops with herbal notes and tropical fruit notes; medium bodied, slightly sweet malt base; bitter finish with alocohol notes Gluepot (691) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2015
A rich golden/orange hue with a moderate nose of hops, some malt and orange peel. This is a very smooth and warm double, with a range of lush hops and a hint of melon. It is rich and easy drinking, but the finish is a bit on the weak side.