glennmastrange (2942) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015 PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks are deceiving in more ways than one. 22 ounce bottle into a 24 oz Sam Adams glass. This is a pretty looking ale, golden orange with a thick cream white head and fairly effervescent. From there the nose is doughy and syrupy, with some grassy, berry, peach and apricot. Also a rubbery tone faint but present. The flavor is very syrup laden, marmalade, rubbery note in nose runs across the mid palate. Some earthy herbal hop character begins to shine. Fruit in the finish is melon like with a decent bitterness, sweet sticky finish not unlike American imperial stouts. There is a puzzling lingering after taste, that is both sweet and slightly phenolic. This is not my idea of a good imperial ipa, very little nuance and very thick with hop aroma and flavor under played.
Bottle. Moderate to heavy caramel and cereal for the malt, moderate to heavy cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with toffee date and raisin. Head is average size, off-white, frothy, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky amber brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and light acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily, with a lively carbonation and finishes lightly astringent and dry. A very good DIPA, a bit oxidized from sitting for four years which made it more like a barley wine. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2014
22 oz bomber shared. Pours rich golden amber with a huge head. Tons of hops, but doesn’t assault the tongue. It has a nice balance of caramel, burnt sugar, and fruit. Really good. ads135 (5215) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 15, 2014
A pretty basic imperial IPA. Deep amber with a medium body and thick mouthfeel. A good amount of citrus hoppiness with a rich malty foundation. Nuffield (4247) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Golden color with incredible white lacing that completely coated the side of the glass and hung on forever--remarkable. Wonderful floral aroma with a medicinal/fruity/floral flavor that ultimately settles into a rather more standard hop profile. Rather good, pleasing, and somewhat impressive. (on tap, Groveland Tap, St. Paul) AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Gary’s Beverage for $3.99. Color is an interesting orange hue with soapy head. Light retention. Weak aroma of caramel malt and some fruit. Flavor has a good amount of fruit hops, pineapple, mango or tropical fruit. The bitterness of this brew hit me right away. I sip this with my dinner and it appeared that it got gradually bitterer as I drank. The caramel malt I smelled didn’t help balance it. A bitter, bitter hop bomb.
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle:   Dirty amber, moderate to large sudsy creamy colored head, fairly nice lacing.   Herbal hop like nose, a little piney and pithy.   Stale citrus, soft leafy hops on the tongue.   There seems to be more there as this is one of those beers that you keep sipping to figure out.   Lots of subtleties.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with soft hops, citrus peel, tea leaves, moderately malty, and with a sweat pithy tinge.   Better than I expected.   Thanks Bob! queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Sweet buttery caramel malt, orange hops, and biscuit aroma. Hazy orange amber with an excessively large ivory head. Burnt caramel malt, resinous orange hops flavor. Very sweet and heavy. Full sticky body. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours amber with a creamy sudsy off white head that settles to a soapy film and sticky lacing. Aroma has sweet sugary malt and faint floral hops. Taste is bitter calm hops and sugary malt. Palate is full slick and dry. Easy drinking with a little too much sweetness, not bad. piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft sample. Orange in colour with medium carbonation. Somewhat muted aromas of orange, herbs, and caramel malt. Flavors are of earthy, grassy, and orange like hops, along with heavy pale and caramel malt. Heavy on the palate too, with not quite enough bitterness to balance. To me, it seems to be a better fit in the more generic "American Strong" category. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2012
bottle: Copper coloured pour with a thick off white head.
aroma is caramel and citrus up front with some resinous hop backing.
flavour is cardboard and caramel maltiness. Kind of flat palate wise. some fruit and pine hop backing that. The alc is certainly blended well though.