fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
bottle from BevMo, at home 10Mar11. Pours hazy orange with lots of yeast floaties and a medium white head that laces well the length of the glass. Aroma is pine resin, grapefruit and earthen hops. Flavor is rich orange and toast with a strong pine finish that is balanced nicely. Yum! DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
08-Mar-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 03-Mar-11 for $4.99 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA)socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
This beer pours a very hazy, bright orange body with a full inch of off-white head that settles slowly to a quarter-inch cap. The nose is less of a hop bomb than you might expect from an Imperial IPA, offering an even balance of earthy and piney hops and grainy and cerealy malts, but as the beer warms, orange citrus and caramel emerge as background aromas. To some extent, this balance is echoed on the palate, where the piney and orange-citrusy hops offer medium-plus bitterness, but the medium-sweet, cereal malts are maybe even more prominent than the hops, so those wanting their double IPAs to have a very solid malt base should be well satisfied here. As the beer warms, the emphasis gradually shifts, picking up more and more of the citrus and caramel flavors, so the beer tends to seem sweeter and sweeter. Medium-full bodied with medium-plus carbonation, but despite the growing sweetness, the beer still has a drying effect on the palate. As I drain the glass, a moth-eaten curtain of lace remains on the glass. On the flip side, though, as the beer warms, the beerís haziness dissipates to some extent, exposing the flurry of coagulated clumps that are suspended in the beer. Fine particles is one thing, but this is like chunky flakes and itís not attractive. Overall, though, this is a solid Imperial IPA, one that is clearly designed for people who like íem malty as well as hoppy.
Golden/ light amber with a white head. The aroma is full of yeast, alcohol and hops. The taste is very similar to the aroma however with the addition of a more bitter note. I didnít enjoy this beer. The yeast played too prominent of a role for my taste in a double IPA. RedSox2004 (1866) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Cloudy deep golden amber with a generous eggshell white head that left a solid film and very nice lace. Strong grapefruit and pine hops aromas, with hints of tropical fruits like a planterís punch. Flavors match, highlighted by the bitterness of the piney hops. Bready malt fills out the complex profile. Medium body, moderate carbonation, ABV not evident, and the finish includes both the grapefruit and bread. carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
From big bottle. WOW! Pours cloudy copper with delicious melon fruity malt flavors. Delicious. Long bitter finish. This almost tastes like Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. Yes, itís that good. Up there with Ruination and Hop Stoopid. Just a little watery mouth feel in my opinion. Otherwise, a big IPA in a great crowd.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Pours a cloudy amber with a nice creamy head. Taste is sweet malt with a nice hop finish. Sticky, resiny grapefruit flavor. Not overly bitter but definitely heavy in the finishing hops. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2011
bomber thanks to TheBeerSommelier. pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head and a ton of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. big citrus hop nose with notes of peaches. big almost chewy body loaded with hops... notes of orange, peach, green grapes, plums and banana fill the mouth. smooth, creamy body throughout. there is a nice sweet malt backing to this that really balances everything out. dry bitter fruit filled finish with sweet malts. dchmela (3061) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Thanks to my Secret Santa for the bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a thick white head. Huge citrus hops, pungent aroma, with touches of marmalade. Taste is thick malt with a huge citrus hop bitterness. Nice touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Nice hoppy brew. leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Orange/amber with white head. Good fresh hop aromas. Flavors were rich with all the characteristics of a heavily hopped beer but also with a decent malty backbone that left a clean finish. Highly drinkable and just about all the things I look for in a 2IPA. Alphadelic (2235) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Extra points for the name here. An amber IIPA with plenty of creamy white head. The nose is of peppery hops with zingy, citric lime and wet foliage aromas. The mouth is initially very boozy, and then a delicious toasted cereal section which is overcome by a crisp, whole-mouth dryness. There is a little metallic note in the finish and a light, medicinal tongue numbness. Itís pretty rocking bar those two little niggles.