JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Pours a golden color with slight orange hue, and fizzy white head. This is a dysfunctional IIPA. Aroma of sweet caramel and sugar and lots of hops, but they don’t fit together. The flavor is a bit better... caramel malt, biscuits, sweet candy sugar, then a sharp bitting hop presence, almost gives off a metallic tastes. A little bit earthy, but mostly like licking a battery. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2008
In short: A sweet yet dry and dusty IIPA with many things wrong with it. A big disappointmentmasonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2008
How: Bottle 22oz, from doubleo, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Cloudy orange topped by a small white head
In long: Strong nose, hoppy yes, but also a bit off, it has those unpleasant notes that I can only describe as urinal. Taste is aggressive. Very sweet but lacking luscious caramel, instead it has a lot sugary candy sweetness. Hard-candies, some dry caramel and “sucre à la crème” attack followed by a sharp abrupt flavourless bitterness. Some band-aid. From beginning to end I was also getting this dry cedar, dust and sweat (!!) sensation. Alcohol very much apparent. I don’t know if I got a bad bottle or if this is another over-hyped extra strong beer but this thing had more problems that qualities. To say I expected a lot more from well-rated beer is quite an understatement. I hope this was a bad bottle. I was as disappointed as the last girl who went out on a blind-date with me.
Zeeland 08’ tasting. Poured orange from the bomber. Aroma was tangerine and sweet malt. Taste was light orange, with a malty sweetness balancing the pine. Solid and tasty. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pour from a bomber gave a nice golden orange clear shade. Thin whiteness on the head. Good citrus and flowery smells upfront with some caramel and butterscotch. Medium slightly resiny body. Good solid hoppy bitterness with mild malty sweetness. Clean finish. Solid DIPA. Nik925 (795) - USA - SEP 20, 2008
Nice head, but it runs away quickly. There is something special about the hop flavor on this one. Layers of hop flavor over two or three layers of bitterness. There might be a little bit of malt in there somewhere. Crazy bitter. Amazing lack of malt flavor. Even the ABV gets lost behind this wall of bitterness and hop flavor. Way, way, way out of balance, no really, this is like hop juice, ohhhh yeah. Awesome for what it is, a little bit wild for a great score. And a wonderful lupilin hit. Mmm, lupilin!
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2008
Very floral aroma, Lots of citrus in the flavor, slightly sticky, Grapefruit, Grassy, A very easy drinking brew, Abit subdued in the flavor, but a good drinker none the less, a classic Cali Brew. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Bomber. Poured clear medium orange with a sticky cap of whitish head. The aroma was juicy with floral and starfruit present.. biscuit and caramel sweetness behind.. nice. The flavor opened with tangy, alcohol-amplified grapefruit bitterness with a warm caramel sweetness rolling in afterward.. grassy and citrus bitterness rode it out, but seemed somewhat muted.. finished sharp with boozy bitterness. Medium-bodied on the palate with fluffier carbonation upfront and sticky, boozy sweetness on the back.. did not transition too well. OK. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle from Holiday Wine in Escondido. Pours orange amber with a huge white head. Carmelly malt and citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied that stops short of being sticky. Malt backbone of carmelly and butterscotch candy, countered by a pine and grapefruit bitterness. Average attenuation. Hoppiness carries through to the finish, which has a hint of alcohol.Perhaps a little isovaleric (thanks Aspidites), which means this may not be fresh. Typical west coast IPA, but not as good as the well known competition. Boutip (6327) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep cloudy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a sweet malt base with loads of grassy hops with a dominant bitterness. Taste is an unbalance mix between some grassy and extremely bitter hops with a malt base that I just too sweet for my liking. Body is full with some great carbonation and no alcohol could ever be perceptible over this much hops and malt. I am not sure if my expectation where too high or what, but I didn’t enjoy this as much as expected – the balance between the sweet malt and the bitter and grassy hops is hard to digest… SP23 (10) - Jurupa Valley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very pale orange, with a slight head that has decent lacing. It has a very strong vanilla and honey smell, not a bad thing. Not very hoppy, but still fulfills my hop jones. The finish could be cleaner, I am getting a lingering sweet hop taste. Overall I am enjoying this beer and will try it again.