Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle purchased at Capone’s and shared with illinismitty at the bar-AND at the end of of the night.My notes are not very good, and that’s too bad because it I really enjoyed this beer. Pours a golden amber with nice white head. Fresh hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. Medium bodied bordering on a sticky texture. I get a rich toffee like malt backbone countered by piney hops,and perhaps a very faint hint of smoke esters. Nice amount of balancing sweetness. Long enjoyable, lip smacking bitter finish. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Pours a hazy large particulated amber colour. The particulates suspend with larger yeast particles clamped to the bottom of the glass. Nose of of grapefruit hops galore. From the pour it was very aromatic. Sweet malts and pine also linger. Initial taste of grapefruits that spread across the mouth incredibly. The sweet malts balance perfectly for mid palate. Finishing with bitter hops and caramel malts. Good palate duration. Some head retention. Medium body. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Clear and copper colored with a frothy, sticky head.Big grapefruit and pine aroma with some underlying juicy malt. Excellent resinous hop flavor, so smooth but so palate destroying. Great balancing malt flavor and bitterness. Low perceived alcohol. There is a small metallic note but this is otherwise a world class ale. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc, mabel and tupalev - blankboy’s bottle. Slightly hazy sunset amber with a small head. Aroma - hoppy as hell, that’s all you need to know. Medium body. Flavour is o.t.t. with the hops at first, but it starts to come into balance, with some sweet malts coming through to battle with the huge resiny hops. Big, warm finish. Me like. ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2007
Cloudy orange colour with an off white head. Hoppy, piney bitter aroma with peach fruity notes. Quite hoppy flavor, again with a piney bitterness and a light fruity note.
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2007
good pour white head, orange body. Very hoppy, slightly carbonated. Over all I was a little let down, but worth a try. HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mabel and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle. Most of the other found this "harsh" - I thought it was about right for a DIPA, if perhaps a little past fresh. Cloudy orange pour with a decent frothy off-white head. Aroma - ah, hops - acidic and funky, citrus/resin trailing behind, framed by a decent juicy malt body - to my nose 3-dimensional, aggressive, and gooood. The taste seems a little more toasty malt-forward than I expected from the nose, but a deep and powerful dryly bitter back-tongue coating of resiny hops kicks in quickly, and sticks around quite a while ... I eventually realized this this was also pretty boozy, but it took a while for that 10.5% ABV to get my attention - briefly - away from the hops. Solid chewy body, quite strongly acidic for the style, only moderately carbonated, and it has a long, long bitter finish - and afterlinger too. Excellent, just what I was craving - gotta love the ’Port! OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2007
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours a rich orange with a modest head. Powerful orange-peel hops aroma with ample herbal tones as well, caramel malts coming through. The flavor is elegantly balanced between gently sweet and substantial caramel malty tones (but not falling into the cloying IIPA trap) and lovely pine-resin grapefruit hop goodness, leafy on the close, mouth-drying on the tongue and alcohol warmth down the throat. Smooth, full mouthfeel, rich and oily but not offensively sticky.
I’ve been in a rut with IIPAs and even IPAs lately, getting a little bored, I suppose, and maybe this boredom dulls my ability to tell a 4.4 from a 4.0. But whatever my inclination toward this style might be at the moment, this is clearly a superb beer. It might even be the rare IIPA that can stand some aging. That would be a fun experiment...
Pours a beautiful golden-orange color with a finger of white head. Aroma of pine resin, grapefruit, and tropical fruits with a slight caramel backing. Slight notes of toasted grain come out as the beer sits. Flavor is nicely piney, with citrus notes and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Slight alcohol burn. Body is fairly syrupy but still retains a nice dry finish. A really nice double IPA. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, GregClow, Mabel, and Jerc, courtesy of blankboy. Nice hops aroma - very strong, oily, and resiny. Nice dark hazy orange, small white head. Very strong hop taste, syrupy, oily and lots of alcohol (and hop) burn. Packed full of flavour with enough malt behind it, but I found it a tad harsh, which is odd since these things usually blow me away. A very good beer with a few rough edges.