lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 Pretty decent, and a good value for $1.89 a bottle from a northern Nebraska liquor store.
MrStitch (137) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a warm honey color with a tan two finger head that leaves a thick blanket over the beer and good lacing. Lots of sediment too. Aroma is floral, hoppy, and malty. Taste is very nice, starts off with a toasted malt that drops off quickly into a wonderfully tart and clean hop taste. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky but not to sticky. A nice double... will drink again sometime.
shackinetics (132) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, light copper with almost no head. Strongy hoppy aroma of pine, flowers, apricot/citrus. Not as bitter as it smells, but extremely well balanced hoppy citrus bite with a smooth/tasty malt palate. Some cloudy yeast sediment at the bottom. Definitely a heckuva beer worth another go.
RodrigoPacheco (132) - Nova Lima, BRAZIL - JUN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excelente DIPA!!! Amarga é uma explosão de lúpulos!!! Amazing!!!!! Surprise me.
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very cloudy orange, short off-white head. Lots of brown sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Very citrus, with some pine smell. Solid malt coming through in the nose as well. The taste is citrus hops with lots of full malt character to back it up. Pretty subdued bite at the back end. Doesn’t taste like it is hopped as much as a typical double IPA. The dry hopping is there, this has a nice big nose, but it doesn’t come through on the bittering end. Mouthfeel is a little light for the style but still on the thicker end of the spectrum. This is a good beer but it doesn’t deliver as a *BIG* beer.
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured cloudy coppery gold. The smell is of of citrus and grapefruit. WHile biter and hoppy the malt flavor comes through more than most other IIPA’s that I have tried.
orange_3084 (127) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly clear orange amber colour with thin white head. Slightly disappointingly faint aroma of grapefruit and pine sits atop crystal malts. Slick oily body. Taste is nicely balanced between assertive bitterness, sweet malt balance and a mild spiciness. Decent west coast IPA, but not a standout.
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy oranga copper with a thin almost white head that left some lacing. Aroma is light and of sweet malt and citusy hops. Flavor is a good balance between the high sweetness of the malt and the citusy, spicy, and orange peel of the hops. Full body, light carb, syrupy texture, and dry feel. For the price this is a very fine bigger beer. The taste is the alpha of this brew so it is good for drinking from the bottle occasions.
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice head on a beautiful beer. Easy aroma, no grafefruit. Mellow creamy caramel finish, not dry, bitter but not so much that it drags on. Well balanced very good beer. I look forward to having a draft one day.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange and mustardy yellow - looks like cider - with a moderate white foamy head.
Aroma is big and hoppy: mostly gooey, resiny pine with some notes of citrus fruit. Not much in the way of malt in the nose.
Medium bodied and bitter with grainy malts. Flavor is pretty much still hops throughout. High bitterness but without too much acidity. As IIPAs go, I like this one quite a bit. I knew before I looked that RB folks wouldn’t agree.
There are definite departures from the "standard" IIPA, but I appreciate these. One is the malt profile quite a bit less caramel-y and more grainy. The hop profile doesn’t feature a prominent lemon, and the alcohol is not even 10%. God knows there are enough cookie-cutter IIPAs coming out, and I congratulate Mad River for a little originality.