DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
21-Dec-06 (22-oz bottle: Obtained 13-Jul-06 in trade with gputty, thanks Geoff!)Luvystypotables (2028) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
While the nose isn’t providing much inspiration to drink this beer, the siren’s call of an Imperial IPA before me will always win out. Lots of grapefruit rind and piney bitterness here, but it is nicely balanced by the sweet, grainy, malty base. If the malt were a bit caramely, I would probably enjoy this beer more because the hop profile and the beer’s balance is quite nice. As the malt fades off the tongue, the beer finishes with a long-lasting and somewhat sharp grapefruit-rind bitterness that hopefully would have mellowed a bit with additional aging. Also, the mouthfeel is rather dry, another positive aspect of this Imperial IPA that I find necessary for the style. Body is medium-full and carbonation is moderate. The well-balanced nose is citrusy and malty, but also has a bit of stinky feet going on, hurting the overall impact. The amber body is slightly hazy in appearance, and the tall, off-white head settles slowly and leaves large patches of intricate lace on the glass. Overall, a very decent entry into the category, but a more balanced finish would really help a lot.
Mild aroma of hops and grapefruit, great looking beer amber color with a nice creamy head. Complex taste of oranges, slightly sweet with a hint of bitterness. A mild short lived palate, slightly bitter. Lickmygooch69 (11) - - JAN 2, 2014
This is beer of true man. I will fight anyone who dare challenger me. I am drunk and dangerous. And I have boxing gloves. My knuckles don’t need them but your face does. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. This brewery has always been slightly inconsistent, given how young their beers are when they ship (or at least I presume that’s the primary reason). This one was a bit of a disaster. A flat, demoralizing pour, golden treacle. Nose was articial sweetener and grain. Slick mouthfeel, overwhelmingly sweet with little to balance it out at all. Bleh. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy amber color with a moderate head. Nose isn’t too strong, but is very hoppy and bitter in it. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, yet remarkably light and easy to drink. Quite a good beer...
zizzybalubba (1878) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Virginia Beach, VA. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, caramel, and light grapefruit. Taste of pineapple, faint pine, and grapefruit. A pretty good DIPA. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2012
22oz bottle, shared with friends. $6 from Beer Run. Nice dense half-inch khaki head. Leaves good lace. Mostly clear amber - red color. Smooth carbonation, dry texture. Caramel malts. Hint of pepper. Spicy orange citrus hop flavor. Light bitter. Kind of sweeter taste. Only light alcohol, well-hidden. Actually kind of refreshing, with the subdued dryness. KyotoLefty (10528) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2012
Bomber. Malty, spicy nose or caramel, cinnamon, grass, English hop, cherry and ripe apples. Deep orange-amber color. Fruity flavor, lots of cherry. Light body. More like an English strong ale or un-aged old ale than an IPA, but nice.
PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours a golden color with slight amber hue. Aroma is mostly caramel. Not very hop forward for a IIPA. Taste is also ptedominantly sweet caramel. Hops are hidden until the end as it does have a slightly bitter finish. Medium to heavy bodied. Not very good for the style. meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2012
Nice sweet DIPA. Not not too harsh or grassy as many USA DIPA’s seem to be. Balanced, flavourful, highly drinkable.