llcooldave (1217) - 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... Sledutah (7532) - Utah, USA - MAY 4, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to Thirdeye11, thanks douglas88 (9182) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2011
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.
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! 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.) drowland (8676) - 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).
Thorpe429 (5035) - , 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 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. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
Thanks to Sean for this... 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 Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
12oz bottle from Mora2000, thanks Bill! Pours a crystal clear, orange-copper colored body with a finger-width, dense, creamy and foamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice with lots of fresh, sweeter hops. Grapefruit pines, peaches, floral oranges, resins, and some apricot. Solid caramel sweetness to balance with a hint of rounded bread. Flavor is similar. Lots of caramels with a medium sweetness up front along with plenty of citrus pines. Grapefruit, oranges, peaches, tropical fruits, and resins. Hops grow towards the end where this finishes dry and resiny with a grapefruit kick and solid caramel balance before leaving a medium bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste with plenty of piney fruits and wet hops following a smooth and soft, medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a very well done, impressive DIPA. Lots of fresh, sweeter, resiny, fruity hops and a solid caramel malt to balance. Tons of flavor and very enjoyable. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2011
12oz bottle courtesy of Hopper. Pours a transparent, rusty orange with a thin, creamy lacing white head. Nose is candy, oranges, honey, flower pollen, pine sap, whole hop flowers. Great fresh grapefruit flavor, lemons, honey, a little lime zest, malty. Full bodied, bitter finish. Pretty good. I thought they could have used just a touch more malt to round it out, but overall pretty good. Easy drinker too.