msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 500ml bottle. Thanks to kegbear for hooking me up with this brew. Pours orangish amber with creamy white head. Aroma is huge with floral hops, pine resin, caramel malts and citrus. Flavor is bursting with pine resin and citrus. Big hops punch with balance of caramel malt and some spices. Outstanding IIPA that has great balance even with all the hops. Would love to try next to Dreadnaught to see which one is better. had right after HOTD Blue Dot and Pliney crushed that one.
thejiggy (1) - , California, USA - AUG 31, 2008 does not count
Perfect balance between malt flavor and hop bitterness. Aroma is just like smelling fresh hops - citrus, pine and some floral notes. Appearance is golden-copper with a foamy white head and medium carbonation. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle via Dunk, huge thanks! I couldn’t wait any long, this one has been staring me down for a week now! Pours golden copper color with a medium beige colored head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and light caramel. Flavor is huge blast of grapefruit and pine, then some caramel backbone, then more grapefruit. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished ultra bitter and slightly dry. Word! BeerFanDan17 (1122) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Sampled at 2008 Oregon Brewer’s Festival. Easily one of the THE best double IPA’s out there. Spicy and smooth--hoppy and sweet. A perfect balance and a true treat! emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Thanks turd for acquiring these. Poured a copper amber with a slight haze. The head was about a finger thick creamy and white. Looks very unassuming. Has a huge nose, lots of citrus, apricot, grapefruit rind, oranges, very pungent floral hop nose. The flavor was also quite citrusy, tended more towards a grapefruit rind bitterness than the resinous hop character exhibited by the nose. Still very citrusy and hoppy, a tad sweet, nice malt character. The mouthfeel was mildly bitter with a subtle malt sweetness.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Oh baby, its an IPA, but so much more. Pours creamy amber golden color, hazy but not super opaque. Gorgeous aromas of orange peel, lite malt, almost tropical. Rich on the palate but not heavy. Layers.Pretty much the perfect double IPA. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a half finger beige head. Nose is ripe grapefruit, floral hops and light caramel malts. Taste is orange, pink grapefruit, malt and a nice resin finish. Medium mouth feel. This is definitely a balanced IIPA. Good stuff. I think I built it up in my head to be better than what it is, but it’s certainly up there with the great ones SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2008
12 oz. bottle @ liquid sunshine - thanks bitbucket; have been rocked by this brew at ever tasting and enjoying its appearance in town on draft at a few places; clear, golden amber with foamy white head; aromas are thick and resinous; tons of hops but balanced out as it is a malty beast as well; creamy, bready texture; everything here is in perfect harmony Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Bottle shared by mreusch. Pours a hazy golden-amber with a creamy off-white head that laces beautifully. The nose is like a handful of fresh C-hops: big grapefruit and pine needles. On the light side of medium-bodied the mouthfeel is super-slick with a lingering bitter-hopped finish. Big, piny, citric hops with a pale malt backing. This is a delicious beer that only makes me wish that I had more. Thanks again for sharing this with us, Matt! Beaver (1830) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 500 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is piney resiney floral hops with some sweet caramel malt and a little fruitiness.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts initially with a little bright citric fruitiness that is quickly followed by a good sized piney peppery hop bite the lingers in the finish. This is excellent tasting and pretty well balanced (a little hop forward, but not a big messy hop bomb). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a velvety texture.
Overall, an excellent and well balanced DIPA!