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85
style
RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 76   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The color is deep amber with a light, creamy head. The nose starts off with a touch of citrus but then turns decidedly into peaches. The taste starts off with creamy malt resulting from the pale 2 row and caramel malts and Saint Arnold yeast. The hop bitter starts low then builds to a crescendo, but always maintains a balance even in its big finish. The hop flavor continues to be peaches, an interesting manifestation of the Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops. This is the first Divine Reserve that we have filtered. This decision was made to make the hop flavors brighter, plus it would have been a bottling nightmare with all the hop bits in it. This beer is best enjoyed at 45° or even a little warmer. Though the recipe and style indicate this beer to be enjoyed fresh, we expect this beer to develop interestingly over the years.

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3.5
phaleslu (10898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2011
12 oz. bottle via trade with a DLD buddy from Houston- thanks Bryan! Pours a clear, bright amber color with virtually no head. Sweet aroma of citrus fruits, sweet malts, piney hops, and a little boozy heat. Flavor of citrus fruits, pineapple, sweet malts, grassy hops, and pine resin. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a juicy mouthfeel that finishes resinous and sticky. Solid DIPA.

3.9
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
bottle courtesy of oakedcanuck, thanks! glad i was able to get this one reasonable fresh. pours a crisp copper body with an offwhite head that leaves some thick lacing and spotting. the aroma is lots of honey, hops and some alcohol. very malt forward in the taste as well, drinks more like an imperial red. huge malt bill with plenty of crystal makes it very sweet and syrupy, but there is astill a huge hop presence, perhaps being overshadowed just a touch. the hops are just slightly soapy, nice and bitter, somewhat astringent, and a decnt amount of fruity floral sweet aspects as well. nice full body and mouthfeel.

4.5
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Bottle from market street. Pours a rich amber with a thin white head. The aromas are pine mixed in with some pine and then bathed in some pine with grapefruit and dough. The mouthfeel is bitter, dry and sticky with a heavy body. This was a fantastic beer. Cheers!

3.8
llcooldave (1226) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Golden copper peach in color. Kind of a biscuity aroma with some citrus. Its almost like lemon scones. Nice! Immediate upfront pine and citrus bitterness with a touch of aspirin in the aftertaste. Overall, very tasty and drinkable immediately as opposed to SA’s usual MO releasing the beer then consumers hold the DRs for a few months to let the flavor develop. Solidly brewed...

4
Sledutah (7978) - Utah, USA - MAY 4, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to Thirdeye11, thanks
Appearance: Clear amber with a nice sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit and pine resin
Taste: Tropical fruit, caramel and bitter grapefruit
A nice IIPA, well balanced and easy drinking.

4
douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2011
12 ounce bottle thanks to Timbo. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet fruity and resinous hops. The flavor is a rich orange and citrus note, some bitterness lingers in the finish, vanilla, very sweet and tasty. A great IIPA for sure. Has the mellow and yet intense quality that I like from IIPAs. Awesome!

3.8
thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 Bottles courtesy ericandersnavy, thanks again. Poured a nice golden orange with very minimal head. The aroma had a nice amount of citrus hops with very little malt detected. The taste was a deal breaker as the beginning had a decent amount of bitter present from the hops but then the malt and alcohol took over. Compared to other DIPAs I would have said the beer was slightly old but this beer is only a few weeks old. It was still fairly easy to drink and not totally off putting with the malt. I’m not sure that I will put any away for later as I highly doubt the flavor will become anymore "interesting" than it currently is. (At least for my palate.)

4
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
5/1/11. 12oz bottle courtesy Cavie! Not quite clear dark orange pour with a huge yellowish head that sizzles away but laces plenty. Big Simcoe and Centennial hop presence in the aroma - grapefruit, tropical fruits, sweet fruits, and more with a solid caramel malt backing in there. Sweet tropical fruit flavor up front followed by the nice malt backing that ends with a bitter hop kick that begs for another sip. Quite nice! My favorite of the ones I’ve had so far (8-11).

3.2
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
Thanks to wagenvolks for sending a pair of these bottles my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip. Pours a clear light copper color with a short white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The aroma has a bit of piney hops and some slight resin. A bit of an earthiness to it as well. Some malt sweetness hits in the end as well. Touch of alcohol. The flavor is too balanced, with the ledger tipping in favor of the malt. Too much sweetness and caramel push down the nice hoppiness, which is slightly earthy and floral. A bit of alcohol in the finish, along with a mix of bitterness and sweetness. Overall, way too much malt. Hops even begin to take a back seat to the alcohol. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-24-2011

3.7
awinkro (2) - Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011 does not count
Citrusy hop and ester aroma. Great Simcoe hop bite. A solid caramel malt backbone. Very easy to drink many of these.


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