b3shine (8875) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle to pint (split between two of us). Looks good; deep and opaque. Smells outstanding! By far the beer’s best attribute. Tastes good; not as intense as I anticipated. I wonder what it tasted like fresh (and if it was better or worse). Palate is good too (considering). Overall, a much better beer than I expected. AdamChandler (5052) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Picked this up at Hunger Mountain Co-Op in Vermont. Taken right out of the fridge and poured into a Dogfish Head glass.
gramity (1668) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
A - Pours with an appearance that resembles sewer water. Very milky with lots of sediment and an orange to brown mucky haze. The result is a thick orange beer that lets very little light through. The head was 3 fingers that had a leather color with a mix of big and small bubbles. The bubbles don’t settle too fast and are very creamy in appearance as big bubbles go away.
S - Standard hop profile. Tons of grapefruit, tons of pine and citrus with hints of honey and vanilla. The aroma isn’t what I expected though. Smells like a Double IPA but not a 1000 IBU IPA. let’s see how the taste comes through.
T - Whoa. INTENSE bitterness. The bitterness overblows everything else in the bottle. It’s remarkable how strong this beer is but the booze and hops mask all other flavors. It’s intense for sure. There’s not much going on I’m getting hop resin, loads of bitterness, pine and ruby red grapefruit.
M - 60% carbonation on a swish. Heavy bodied with a huge hop linger that sticks around forever. It’s an almost syrupy / oily with viscosity that’s unlike any other beer I’ve had.
O - This is more of a proof of concept really. There’s nothing too memorable about this beer or worth buying again. It’s just an intensely strong beer with insane bitterness.
Pours a nice, redish amber, rather hazy though. Staying, medium, frothy, off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy, lots of fruit, apricot, peach, oranges and light pineapple. Medium carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Super hoppy flavour, dry, very bitter. Powerful bitterness that almost burns. So much hops and so much going on here...This was also the stickiest beer I’ve ever had. Maybe they should rename it Mikkeller 1000 Sticky Fingers tregan (1) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012 does not count
Very complex. The hops aren’t as straightforward as you might expect, and not as bitter as expected. But it all comes together as a nice malt hop party in your mouth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Arve_Christian (5146) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2012
Wanted to try this one for a long time.
Did expect more hops, but a nice complex beer
patricks110 (2496) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
I had the Barrel Aged version a few years ago which I loved. Pours out a dark orange/rusty amber with a thick finger of yellow head. The head dies slowly to a thin cap but leaves tons of spotty and sticky lacing on the glass. The nose is potent and pungent with a ton of citrus fruits and a herbal pine note. A bunch of toffee and caramel sweetness and notes of grapefruit, tropical fruits, resin and some leafy floral hop goodness. The first taste hasa huge resin sweetness in the middle with some great citric fruit and a mild caramel malt. Bitterness encroaches on the fruits and malts quickly and leaves a massive dry and astrignent hop bitterness in the finish. Big resin smack on the tongue and a lingering aftertaste for minutes. Quite a bit of pine and floral spice hop on the finish. This is a simply fantastic IIPA. Doesn’t hide what it is...a simply massively hopped beer. brigg (681) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2012
(12.7oz bottle) Opaque cloudy brown copper body with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet, caramel malt; lots of fruit, orange and grapefruit; some floral notes and a bit of musk. Medium to full bodied, chewy and slightly oily. Big flavor of bitter citrus hops, but balance with sweetness. Hops win in the end with a lasting finish and a touch of warming alcohol. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/28/2011. Served on tap at Local Option in a tulip.
This has a crazy color that I have never seen in a DIPA before, or any beer for that matter. Originally I thought it was amber, but it is actually more of a cherry ruby color with a subuded tan tint. The taupe head is perfectly creamy and retains perfectly well. It leaves a sheet of lace down the side of the glass. I have a feeling each layer of lace has more IBU’s than most IPA’s have in a glass.
This smells dangerous. Skip the fruit, this is all alpha acid - it practically rips out the skin in my nostrils. Spicy notes, sweet caramel malt, and a bit of booze come through once I get over the pure bitterness.
There is a strong caramel sweetness that hangs on for as long as it can before a blistering bitterness kicks in. Pure bittering hops & straight alpha acids, with a little pine and spice. The finish is destructively bitter.
Paint-peeling bitterness cleans my mouth of any living organisms. Medium body for such a big ABV beer. Lots of hop resin in the residue.
Well I cannot really drink anything after this, or at least taste anything. It actually gave me goosebumps to drink this. A bit pricey for me to ruin my palette very often. My bartender and I agree, this is a fun experiment. Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
S: dark orange, opaque, good head, light tan color head
A: dry, honey stickiness, orange
T: dry, but not mouth puckering, there's a lot of hops, but not over the top
O: a solid IPA, great hoppy beer, but not crazy
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2012
Pours a dark amber colour with a large amount of thick sediment and a huge dense off-white head. Aroma is, as you might expect, very hoppy with hints of fruit. Taste is also extremely hoppy with notes of fruit like oranges leading to a punch-in-the-face bitter finish. It’s a euphemism to say this is a little unbalanced. I’m definitely a hop head but I’m afraid this is a little too extreme. Interesting experience though.