sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2010
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is malty, hoppy, pine, citrus, grapefruit, peach and notes of alcohol. Flavour is light malt, very complex hop, citrus, peach, pine and grapefruit. Medium bitter. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Light copper, amberish pour with a 2 finger white head. Aroma is piney, resinous hops with sweet caramel malting with some light notes of biscuit and leafy grass. Flavor is bitter hop leaf with some nicely balanced malt sweetness, Orange peel, resinous hop, a bit syrupy mouthfeel slips right down the throat, Alcohol is well hidden. after settling the head shoots back up with vigor after a swirl releasing more caramel notes and more bitter leafiness, grapefruit and orange rind. Great Stuff. sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Finally got my hands on this. For sure the best DIPA I’ve ever had. Great combination of hops and malt. Guess I gotta make a trip to Cali. Chrisco88 (9) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2010 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2010 Appearance: Golden/amber in color. Forms a thick, frothy white head, seems to last forever.
Aroma: Immediately hit by an intense floral hop aroma. Further sniffs reveal some citrus (perhaps grapefruit) and pine notes.
Taste: Quite bitter and hoppy up front but finishes with a light malty sweetness and a refreshing pine-y aftertaste that lingers but begs for more.
Palate: Very smooth, nice carbonation. Super clean aftertaste and mouthfeel, nothing in particular lingers.
Overall: A fantastic beer indeed. I went into this glass a bit hesitant; the intense aroma kind of put me off as I really don’t have much taste for heavily hopped brews, but the complex taste and spot on aftertaste had me enjoying sip after sip. Definitely worth savoring, but damn easy to drink, too, and at 8%... BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2010
On tap at Russian River Brewery. Wonderful floral hop aroma. Nice head that lingers to the glass. Full bodied flavor, well balanced with a ton of hops. Nice bitterness. Best beer I have ever had.
coloradojay (3) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2010 does not count
What can you say? This is it. The hops we love, the malt, the alcohol- everything we want. The Holy Grail of DIPAs. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Draft at Teresa’s. Pours molten, hazy golden orange with a massive, foamy white head. Nose is powerful and immediate. Aroma of pine, hops, lemon zest, orange, and, ultimately, more hops. Body is full, but not overbearing; nice balance of bitterness and the warm boozy feel of the alcohol. Finishes with a tangy little bite. Excellent double IPA. BigMike (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Poured into a snifter.
Golden yellow/orange in color. A bit of haziness. A nice white head about a fingers worth. Fluffy and sticky. Sticks to the glass the entire way down.
I picked out some light like citrus in the nose. But it was mostly dominated by a floral like grassy aroma and lots of pine. Very potent nose overall.
At first there is a white grapefruit/ floral flavor followed by a touch of sweetness from the malts. After a second a piney resiny flavor kicks in and pine dominates. Almost like chewing on pine needles. (but in a good way)
Mouthfeel is fabulous. Lots of oily hoppy goodness in the mouth that then turns dry and clean on the swallow leaving you wanting another sip.
Drinkability is perfect. I could sit down and drink this all day long no doubt about it. I can see why Pliny The Elder is held in such such a high regard. It is a wonderfully crafted beer that i’m lucky enough to have finally gotten my hands and tastebuds on.
keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Yes it lives up to the hype. Incredibly intense aroma of pine that hits you the minute it’s poured. Crystal clear amber with a small white head that laces nicely. The flavor is quite complex with the sweetness of the malt up front followed by an intense hop hit just like the aroma. Very dry and crisp finish leaves you wanting more. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle from Cracked Kettle (where else?) Hazy orange body with luscious head. Sweet nose of pine hops. Refreshing taste of hops, pine, citrus. Really smooth and well-balanced. Sharper in the finish. Very well done and very enjoyable, especially for hopheads like me.