mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Interesting DIPA. It's a hop bomb, with a very high bitterness. But there's a slightly sweet malty undercurrent going on. I wouldn't say this is balanced per se, but I haven't tasted DIPAs that are so bitter and yet have discernible maltiness. Good. B.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone onceblind (9686) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Hazy copper under a thick rocky off-ivory head. Big nose of caratoffee and lovely floral hop notes. Big fat flavor of chewy toffee and granola, and something like pecans and a little kiss of coffee. The hop flavor isn’t too sharp or bitter, but just right and balancing, without too much to distract from the sweet toffee body. Almost like English toffee pudding with a punch of earthy semi bitterness. Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Wow, an assault on the palate all the way ... and I liked it. Ruddy, orange-brown, with a thin but resilient head. The aroma is rich with a thick, acidic syrup. This is certainly a fully-laden drink, muscular body, rich flavors of maple, citrus, grape, pine. Big time beer at a surprisingly low 8.6%. (#5731, 9/12/2014) blackmetal (236) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2017
wonderful full bodied and balanced IPA. IT doesn’t hit as hard for an imperial IPA, but that’s where it excels. just the right intensity! harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2006
Draft @ Elliott Bay - Pours a translucent but very deep golden orange, with a moderate rocky head. Floral hoppiness, fresh flowers, rosewater, some light alcohol burn. Truly smells like fresh hops dispersed in the glass. Mouthfeel is resiny oils, backed up with sweet caramel toffee maltiness. One of those beers that saves the day
mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at Bottleworks, pours hazy golden with a medium white head. Aroma of piney hops, grapefruit and citrus. Flavour of intense grapefruit, pine hops, and citrus. Excellent mixture of potent flavours, without any harshness. Wonderful IIPA. michaeloc61 (1) - - OCT 1, 2011 does not count
Not a Beer snob, I just love beer! This beer is incredible, delicious from the start, hard to stop until it kicks your butt! If you like an IPA you will enjoy this beer! GO DAWGS! jaydubbelu (14) - Monroe, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Pint from brewpub. Hazy and hopchunked pour with minimal head. Decent thin lacing from the white froth. Pungent grapefruit and citrus rinde in the nose. Some solvent alcohol in the flavor was the only real flaw. Not a total palate burner either. Some residual caramel sweets and biscuit malt. The keg hops in the glass were a nice exclamation point. Cousin_Larry (895) - - JAN 24, 2015
This "imperial IPA" has a very strong hop aroma and flavor, however it isn’t as bitter as the Gale Force IPA. There is a strong malt backbone to offer a level of balance but with over two and a half pounds of hops per barrel it resonates hops from start to finish. With so much flavor happening you miss the 8.6% alcohol by volume so be careful when serving or drinking. Hops were added at every stage of the process...it was dry-hopped with chinooks for two weeks. 75 IBU’s. Hops: chinook, centennial, columbus, cascade, bullion. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - DEC 18, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The thick head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of tropical fruits of tangerine and mango with some nice grapefruit hop aromas mixed within. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of caramel and brown sugar as well as some hop of a more floral nature.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and malty flavor with a decent level of caramel mixed with some tropical fruits of tangerine and mango as depicted in the nose. The hops upfront are lighter, with the strongest being more of an earthy nature. As the taste advances however, more hop joins the malty base, with the earth gaining just a hint of intensity all while a grapefruit and grassy hop taste grow quite a bit stronger. In the end, with the increase in hop mixing with the nice sweet and malty base, one is left with a thick and smooth, well balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the mix of hops and sweeter malts the flavors are nicely accentuated by the feel and it makes for a nice drinker overall.
Overall – Not overly hoppy but very well balanced and a quite easy drinking IPA for a double. A nice one to try if you get the chance.