kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Golden color, barely cloudy with a good, thick white head. Old paper and Belgian yeast nose. Very smooth and easy to enjoy. No hint of high abv. Lively palate. Dusty texture. The taste is like a dry Belgian but serves up a Americans appetite for hops. Good lacing. Warms the belly, gently. AdamChandler (5052) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Got this in a trade. Picked it up fresh last week so I’m stoked to open one tonight! Poured into a tulip.
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
A - Poured a 3-finger head that was leather in appearance with tight bubbles. The brew itself is a golden light brown. No haze or sediment.
S - Delicious hops and caramel erupt in the nose. I’m getting apricot and vanilla. Loving the candy like qualities of this beer. Hops are not intense though. Very manageable.
T - Lovely fruits like apricot and peaches. Delicious hops but I wish it were a little more hoppy. The hops fade away very fast. Very sweet finish but very little else going on.
M - 90% carbonation on a mouth swish. Light bodied, easy to drink. The linger is all hops though and they resin sort of sticks around but goes south fast.
O - IT’s a decent beer. Nothing remarkable but a very drinkalbe IPA and perfect for this warm Friday night.
Big aroma. Lots of banana and tropical fruit. Pours deep golden with fleck of orange. Taste is hop forward, no real malt presence (with detracts slightly). Palate is slightly sticky, but very sleight - which adds. All in all a great brew. Amnesia87 (26) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Poured from 22oz into Jester King Glass.
Pours a transparent light brown with a hint or red. Carbonation looks perfect. Good head retention and plenty of lacing. Smells good initially, grass floral and citrusy hops, but the more I smell it, the worse it smells. I sadly have to agree with the previous reviewer, the more I sniff, the more I smell cat piss. Very bitter with only a slight hint of sweetness. I’d say it has a medium body with what I think is just about the perfect amount of carbonation for an IPA. Bitterness lingers.
Overall, it’s a decent DIPA, and I would have no issues drinking it again, but I also don’t think I would go seeking it out... Why can’t someone in Texas bottle/can a DIPA that’s up to Heady Topper standards >_<. Or at least distribute one here. BustyMcJugson (36) - - MAR 2, 2012
Endeavor bomber purchased at Spec’s DT. Smells like cat piss, very hoppy and citrusy DIPA. Medium, white head. nice lacing. Not worth a repeat, but I had to honor my home state on Texas Independence Day!
unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
pours a clear dark orange with a light tope head, small cap, ok lace... nose is really awesome, lots of tropical fruits, nice malt build, a little pine, no alcohol, great... the taste is equally nice more the hops show with more pine and alcohol but still lots of tropical fruits
FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 EndeavourPGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Sampled at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a Brilliantly clear red color. It is topped by a pale tan colored head. Holy hops, the aroma is laden with notes of lychee and pineapple backed by pine and menthol aromatics.
The flavor has a big hop bitterness to it that remains quite smooth. There is lots of fruit, but the herbal character is actually the dominant hop note in the flavor; the opposite of the aroma. There is still a lot of fruity hop notes here though with ample lychee, pineapple, a sort of floral concentrated peach like note, and definite apricot. The herbal side contributes flavors of pine, again some menthol, as well as some hemp oil like notes. The body of this brew is quite smooth, definitely viscous and perhaps a touch heavy fro something labled an IPA, but it is definitely well within the double IPA range.
This is very nice; it is quite a bit hoppier than my previous experience would have expected out of Saint Arnold. This is a huge hop fix for me after a long day of travel and a must get for those hop heads out there.
Divine Reserve #11
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some nice, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright, gold highlighted, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, dusty pine sap, woody-peppery herbal notes, a bright lychee note, and an almost musty, herbaceous hop character. The nose is definitely dominated by the hop character, there is perhaps a suggestion of malt character here, I almost have to guess at the malt aromatics; notes of toasted biscuit and orange scented caramelized malt are just suggested at.
A medium’ish body is cut through by a biting bitterness that lingers through the finish; the bitterness though remains quite smooth, though still lingers quite a bit on the palate. The dominant hop character contributes flavors of lychee, super ripe tangelo zest, floral peach, perhaps some bright apricot, as well as some ample kumquat zest. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish and adds a touch more bite to the hop character, it also brings out some astringent pine and herbal hop character that also lingers a fair amount in the finish. The texture of this beer is on the light side of medium, this helps this to be still fairly quaffable, which is quite needed for this style of beer. The malt clearly plays a supporting role here, but does contribute softly noticeable notes of English biscuit like maltiness, a touch of whole grain cracker, and perhaps a touch of sweet tea.
A nice example of a Double IPA, it hits all the points that it should, and escapes the pitfall of being too rich or viscous. Definitely quite enjoyable and it certainly hits the spot for this hop-head. This is still doing quite well after almost a year of age; still vibrantly hoppy, perhaps a touch cleaner and less aggressive than it was when fresh, but certainly still showing lots of life.
Bottle. Trade with Jamil. The pour was a sticky, cloudy burnt orange/amber with a decent froamy head that dissolved into a thin white ring; very little lacing. I found the aroma to be a strong malty, dough/molasses, and I didn’t really pick up on any peach notes as the brewer’s description points out. Once I tasted it, I found some of the peach. The malt and dough still hits hardest in the taste, a solid bright hop finish with a medium bodied sticky texture, and then sitting on the finish is a bit of the peaches. Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle c/o Santa 2011. Pours hazy orange and gold with a small beige head. Aromas of sweet raisin and mild caramel and toffee. Some doughy bread, citrus, and pine. The flavor is fruity, with raisin and cherry, some caramel, and cocoa. Alcohol is present, but not detracting. The finish is moderately bitter pine with sugared citrus. Medium carbonation and full-bodied with a dry finish. Nice! I think this could age well, as it has some barleywine-esque qualities.  fiveacestx (970) - Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Bottle - pours a cloudy orange with a small head. Very hoppy. Has a nice citrus taste, a medium body and a light bitter finish. Nice.