cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2009
Very nice beer. Had it on tap at Hudson Public House in Seattle. Very nice IPA with seemingly larger body. Citrus, pine, achieves balance. Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - APR 27, 2009
Small bomb from Corti Brothers, Sacramento. Pours a peach-orange with a medium fluffy head. Aroma is mainly of grapefruity hops, and also apricot-like fruit. Flavor is nice: Initially sharp grapefruity hops and then the fruit again. Aroma and flavor are very similar, though the flavor I found pretty creamy for an IPA and this added another dimension to it which I thoroughly enjoyed. Just the slightest of alcohol burns in the esophagus. Mouthfeel is quite nice, very appropriate for the style; Good carbonation level without being soda-pop. Very high quality all-around. Definitely in the top 3 IPAs I personally have had. Perhaps a little overrated, but still damn good. I could drink this for hours. Overall, excellent. mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2009
Tasted at DLD09 from a bottle into a snifter. Golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is all pine with sweet malt present as well. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, and sweet malt - perfect balance of hops and malt. A very well balanced IIPA. Would love to have a way of getting this one regularly. zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2009
500 mL bottle from South Bay Drugs (bottled April 7th; how’s that for fresh). Pours orange with a nice off-white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit and pine. Taste is a fantastic blend of grapefruit and citrus; only moderately sweet mostly just in your face hops. Surprisingly drinkable at 8%. I had this once on tap but I think I like it in the bottle better. This is exactly what a DIPA aspires to be. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - APR 26, 2009
pours a beautiful orange. smells of tons of citrus and pine. flavor is citrus, pine, sweet malt, hop resin, and floral hop goodness. I could drink this all day long.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 24, 2009
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.
The color a light yellowish orange, hazy with a great amount of foamy and bubbly white head.
The smell is very piny. The floral hops are very evident here. It tickles your nose and gives you a preview of things to come.
Finally the taste, the taste that has been building for months and it is good. The amount of hops is pushing through all other flavors. Being an IPA it gives you just the right amount of hops, floral and some citrus hops as well.
It has a great feel to this beer. It is a fantastic brew. An IPA for the ages and it really is worth the wait.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2009
Pliny made it all the way to NZ in pretty good shape!
hazy, light amber, small fluffy head. aromas of pineapple, pine, citrus, peaches maybe and caramel maltiness. Flavor is kinda sweet, resiny and all of the above. Bitterness is high but suprsingly not off the chart. Very tasty indeed. snuffla (176) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 Bottled - 23/01/2009.
Pours peachy golden with very fine, quickly dispersing head. Very appealing in the glass, makes me want to take a sip. Aroma. Grapefruit, pine, lemons. Citrus and pine. Waves of it.Taste - more grapefruit and resin, mmm, a hop explosion, with lasting bitterness. Hints of turkish delight. Very fine in the mouth soft bubbles allowing full the hop flavour thru. Don’t taste the alcohol. So hoppy but so light. A gorgeous drop VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2009
On tap at the Deep Ellum in Allston,MA. Waited a few hours to try this treat. Looked dark orange with a small white head. This was in a dark bar, so excuse me if I am wrong. Wonderful aroma of pine and citrus hops. This IPA was so good, that my awesome girlfriend(not an IPA fan) really enjoyed it. Shared with a German hop farmer(awesome guy). Great experience, awesome beer. Thanks Russian River and Deep Ellum for this great IPA. joKing (11) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2009
This bottle is the same as the other bottles I’ve had in NZ. And I think it is unbelievable... here is why:
It has so much drinkability. I can appreciate the lovely Caramel notes in there... the peaches, passionfruit and pine on the nose: they are all so obvious. There is so much balance on the palate. The flavour follows through perfectly - there are no hidden suprises... no even with bitterness. It’s not too think, not too thin, not too sweet and not too dry.
It is perfection in a pint