brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle date 7/10/08
Pours hazy, pale gold with a two inch head of porous white. A few dots and streaks cling to the glass after the retreat, and a partial skim coat remained.
Aromatics are a pungent blend of fruit, pine, alcohol, and malt.
Spruce bark, peach skins, mango pulp, orange zest, and sugar-dusted grapefruit.
Mild malt notes mingle with a slight alcohol waft.
On the chewy side of medium bodied, with a sticky, almost sappy mouthfeel. Still very dry and crisp though.
Bitter citrus fruits and light malt lead off the pallet. Grapefruit, pine resin, orange rind, and mangoe pit.
Somewhat earthy and leafy, with a persisting, drying bitterness.
A grapefruit at the foot of a pine tree.
Finishes with some warming alcohol stepping through the lupulus, and lingering, drying bitter citrus.
Incredibly drinkable and very dry. The biiterness is right at the threshold of cutting back on the drinkability.
Great to see this fine brew in bottles.
More mad props go out to BA RblWthACoz for such a great trade!
bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2009
Fresh bottle from FlacoAlto. Blonde. What a strong aroma! Loads of pineapple, plastic and leather. Loads of hopbitterness in the flavor. Piney. Oily, but there is enough malt to compensate the hops. Satisfylingly balanced, therefore. Long firm oily hopbitter aftertaste with pineapple. Thanks Sebastian, for sending me this top class beer. Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Golden in color with a large off white head with good lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with notes of caramel and citrus with a hint of spice. The flavor has a strong overtone of hops but isn’t overwhelming with a citrus backbone and a hint of pine. The texture is syrupy. Id say its a first class double IPA...HOPS CITY!!! Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
From a 0.5L bottle purchased at Hi Times Cellars in Costa Mesa. Aroma is thick with hop oils, musky, like I stuck my head in a bag of Cascade or Centennial. Golden yellow with a fluffy off-white head. Flavor is again bursting with hops, orangey pine. Amazingly the malt still balances and t is not over the top. Clean and dry with some lingering bitterness that is quite refreshing. Just about the best Double IPA I have ever had. Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium bitter hops notes with some well crafted citrus notes also dominating. I thought the taste of malt was somewhat subtle and overshadowed by some citrusy and bitter hops. Full body with great carbonation. Although this is a very well crafted IIPA is still think it is lacking some of the grapefruit notes that can elevated the style to another level.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2009
On tap at SPTR. Here it goes, as an "hop hater" I dig this brew. What I like is the fantastic combination of strong, sweet malts and potent, fruity hops - not just bittering hops. Peach, grapefruit, pine, grass and more combine with the potent malt backbone creating an unforgettable experience. And, this is the single creamiest IPA I’ve ever had. Really this beer is something else that lives up to it’s names. Absurdly good IPA. skortila (5873) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2009
Aroma has pine, american hops, grapefruit. Hazy, orange coloured with a lasting head. The taste is quite bitter, has pine, citrus (grapefruit, some aprikot), some sugar. Good beer, well brewed. McGrupp612 (144) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Fantastic beer and a rare treat to find on the east coast. Great drinkability and a powerful rush of hops. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 Re-rate 8/8/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Ido’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Clear deep golden. Lovely hoppy aroma full of tropical fruits and citrus. Good flavor of fruity hops with a lingering moderately bitter finish. Rounded mouthfeel. A very good IPA. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7
stchloe (1067) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2009
(10/28/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Clear golden color. Aroma full of piney hops, some resinous notes, citrus and tropical fruits noes. Strong bitter hoppy flavor with some pine, some citrus and some malt and caramel in the back. Medium-bodied with a rounded mouthfeel. A nice DIPA but not one the best if you ask me. 7/3/7/4/15=3.6
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2012 Holy buckets is this beer hoppy. The first sip knocks you down but afterwards is wonderful experience of drinking pureed hops. Nothing compares for IPAs.