corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow/orange color with golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Soapy rings of lacing coat the glass.
Very floral hop aroma with dank earthy bus notes, resinous hop oils, sticky pine, citrus peel slight alcohol. Lemon peel and grapefruit are prominent with a good bit of earthy pine. Subtle malt backbone but this is mostly all glorious stinky hops. Probably the best smelling beer I’ve experienced.
Dry bitter floral hop blast up front with a lot of chewy resinous oily hop notes. There are so many different flavors going on here and this is the most well balanced, drinkable beers I’ve ever had. Lots of sweet citrus notes, mostly lemon peel and grapefruit ans a nice creamy body with subtle malt that provides a perfect balance. Dry sticky pine notes come through in the finish but it is stiil very floral and extremely smooth and quaffable. There is a very slight alcohol warmth towards the end of the swallow and in the finish but otherwise the ABV is very well masked. This beer is so flavorful and well balanced that’s it’s dangerously drinkable. I love this beer and have to say it’s in my top five all time.
garthicus (2945) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 28, 2009
With great thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Golden orange with a beautiful frothy white head. Aroma: Sexy. Just a lovely hop aroma, pine, pineapple, floral, roses, just a beautiful IPA-ness about it. Flavour: Sweet jebus, lovely zingy/tangy/pineapple with enormous amounts of floral goodness, I can imagine drinking this by the bucket, delicious fruity finish. Just delicious. Potentially my favourite IPA cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2009
#583 (Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez as of the end of ’09).
gam (4073) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2009
Right out of the bottle, right out of the first sip, this beer announces itself without any ambiguity: It is an Imperial IPA. I can’t imagine a beer nailing this style better than this one, though I have yet to try 3F Dreadnought for comparison.
Nice frothy head misty yellow pour good look,aroma floral citrus peel,citric passionfruit,some stonefruit coming through,hops are superb,mild caramel,flavour wow! this is smooth yet so full of sharp flavours,the bitter of citrus peel a real winner grapefruit,passionfruit and pine caramel hint apricot comes to mind a lovely fizz on the palate,finish so smooth great hop flavours a good bitterness a real palate pleaser. marcday (1) - , Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2009 does not count
A fine demonstration of why the USA is now taking over the leadership of new and innovative beer. It’s really good for the strength, and drinks from the bottle very well. I personally preferred the bottle rather than the cask - what a heathen! Not the best of the best, but in the 95th percentile.
Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Wow! Got this from my friend Tom in CA. One of my new favorite double IPAs. Great balance if your a hop head and love an IPA with good malt flavor and a nice hop bite. aaronbr (189) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
This is a great beer. Super hoppy. The bitterness really lingers on the palate. Aroma is phenomenal, grass and hops. Not much wrong at all with it. As far as IPAs go, it doesn’t get much better. stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle, 50cl. Pours a clear golden beer with an offwhite head. The aroma has lots of american hops, with citrus and pine. The flavor explodes with complex hops. The palate has a really nice bitterness and overall this is a fantastic and complex beer. #600 Sledutah (7833) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Had this for the first time on tap at Stone Brewery in San Diego. Wow, the hype that I heard about before hand was not hype at all. This beer lives up to what everybody says. Great aroma and flavor. Not over the top in either like you see in some DIPA’s.
oakbluff (454) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
500 ml bottle- pours a deep yellow straw with excellent clarity and frothy white head. Nose- intense hop nose of fresh hops- pine, tropical fruit, you name it. Just a blast of hop goodness. Its a hop head’s dream. They should make a cologne that smells like this. Taste- sweet tropical fruit followed by cookie dough and caramel. The hop bitterness shines through in the finish with no trace of astringentness. Body is quite light for the strength of the beer, carbonation is spot on. A true gem.