hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Hazy copper pour with a fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention, sticky lace. The beer looks delicious. Aroma consists of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, a touch of pine. Flavor starts off caramel sweet and carbonation followed eventually by citrus bitterness and a dry finish. Hides the 8% very nicely! Smooth medium body, moderate low carbonation. This is what a west coast IIPA should taste like. Great beer! savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle with a bottled on date of 6-10-09. Slightly murky pale orange with a medium white head. Unusual perfume aroma with hints of lemon, grass, wheat, and cat piss(???). Very bitter flavor, this thing will pucker you up, there is a sweetness lingering in there but dominantly bitter. Medium body with slick almost oily mouth feel, a bit lighter than most IIPA’s. This is a full blown hop monster of an IIPA but goes down smooth. jonbeer (1) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2009 does not count
Simply the best beer I have ever tasted. Keeping in mind that DIPA’s are my bag. mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Hazy amber with solid head and lacing. Extremely herby aroma, almost like marijuana. Very resiny, herby, slightly grassy hop taste, barely a trace of citrus. Just a hint of malt base, long herby finish, very subdued bitterness. arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Poured a yellow, almost pilsener color with a nice lasting white head. Aromas of thick grapefruit, citrus, and floral aftertones. One of the most balanced DIPAs ever, with huge hop character backed my copious caramel malt with a satisfying and lasting bitter taste that is thick and chewy. Best beer of it’s kind by far!
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 (on tap at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO). Cloudy, light orange color. Medium off white head. Strong hop/grapefruit aroma. Strong hop flavor with light pine. Long duration. Slick texture. Bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing. hallinghansen (3351) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2013 # 200. Bottle at the brewery. Clear yellow body, with a medium white head. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, grapes, fruit and sweet. Flavor is hops sweet fruit, grapefruit. The alcohol is well hidden. Smooth body, and a pleasant bitterness. I´m glad that I have one in my cellar. (9,3,9,4,17)
RE-RATE: Trade from StefanSD, thanks buddy. Clear yellow body with a large white head. Lots of hops, fruit, grapefruit, some sweet caramel, piney notes, wet grass and light alcohol notes. Smooth and very drinkable. This is simply amazing. I´d wish I had access to this beauty. Thanks again StefanSD. Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 Bottle from AndyReynolds. My first Russian River brew. Obviously strong hop aroma and flavors dominate this beer. Flavor is fantastic. Full of hop oils. Even has a slight fruity character. I was surprised at how strong the hop flavor was while not having an overly bitter finish. Very smooth considering how hoppy. I can’t wait to try this one again. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 1. From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 12/10/2007
Fruity and very hoppy aroma. Small white head. Clear golden coloured hoppy and fruity with a crisp and bitter lasting finish.
2. On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 13/10/2008
Lots of carbonation. Very hoppy aroma. Small white head. Golden coloured crisp fruity and very hoppy with a little dryness in a bitter finish. FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Originally reviewed 8/12/2008...
Thanks to Joey from South Bay Drugs for keeping this in stock concurrent with our Coronado family trip-poured into Coronado Brewing pint glass...
Golden honey body with sparse visible carbonation and ample head with nice texture and lacing.
Of course I can smell the hops without trying. Very sweet, oily, bountiful hop aroma with velvety caramel malt backbone. Faint alcohol serves as a binder (or a catalyst). Can’t get better than this.
Of course the floral hops dominate but there’s a malt nuttiness-almost peanut brittle-that mixes with the mild alcohol essence to create beautiful chemistry.
Deep, well balanced yet hop-bitter citrus grapefruit puckering finish mellowed well by velvety caramel malt. First pour could use a little more carbonation to bring out all elements but warmth takes care of this.
One of the best-a stellar example of the style.