kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 Bottle says "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" I guess they mean the Cedar Point of American IPA’s!
Poured into glass with a nice white head with an amber orange color. Sweet smell of the malt more pronounced than expected followed by a citrus hop smell. Starts off malty sweet followed by grapefruit type bitterness in the back end. Not sure what the IBU’s are on this one but it is quite bitter! Great mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Tasty but not sure if this is as good as I expected and wanted it to be.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange brown with lasting white head. Big citrus fruit aroma - orange, grapefruit, lemon - also some melon/sweeter fruits, light grain. Taste goes fresh citrus juicy with big bitter bite at end. Long lingering bitter finish. Lite pine in aroma and taste. Flavorful and bitter brew, lite sticky.
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to tommy gun for bringing this to me! Pours a hazy murky orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet tangerines as I pop the cap... jeesh. Orange, melon,mango papaya, soft pine and wintergreen. Flavor is orange, vanilla, sweet malt, green raisins, toffee and bread. Finish is bitter and sticky with citrus rind. Overall not as complex as I had hoped for but this is still one of the best IPA’s for balance and pop fresh drinking. I cold drink this all night and still ask for it the next day. Very well crafted and I appreciate that.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: hazy sunrise orange burst body with a 1 finger white crown. Not much retention but some swirls of lacing.
Smell: Loads of bitter floral hops along with some citrus hops but they smell more like mango to me than grapefruit or orange.
Taste: Lots of bitter hops, a touch of tropical fruit, and a tiny dash of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a bit chewy. Acceptable level of carbonation.
Drinkability: Not bad but it would have got higher marks if the hops weren’t so bitter. Don’t get me wrong, bitterness is something I LOVE but it does take away from the "drinkability" factor.
UPDATE: I found that like most IPA’s, the flavor profile of this brew shifts considerably as it ages. As expected, the hop bitterness recedes and the sweet malt heightens.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-07-2009
ThatWifeOfHis (25) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A de-licious 12oz from my brother-in-law in Michigan. Yeah, I should probably get him a hooker for his upcoming visit to mormonland. The legs don’t stay for long, but who cares?! She puts out! Immaculate smell, color and consistency. Feels like I got kicked in the dick by a giant reefer-smelling hop. Just an all-around great super-hopped IPA. You won’t be sorry you swallowed. Yeah, I said that.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 The bitterness is strong in this one...
Reviewing as I sip - pours a beautiful dark & hazy golden color with a small amount of head that dissipates quickly leaving some nice white lacing around the glass.
The aroma is somewhat mild but has some elements of pine & citrus. The flavor is a bitter hop bomb that explodes in your mouth instantly and really dominates the flavor palette. At first it kind of turned me off, but with each sip I’m enjoying it more and more. If your a lover of super bitter hoppy beers this one is for you.
Not my ideal IPA, but I would definitely drink it again.
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours bright orange with a frothy white head. Nice hoppy pine resin aroma with some cereal malt. As the beer warms, some fruiteness becomes apparent. On the front of the palate, the flavor shows off the caramel and cereal malts, but on the middle and back of the palate, this beer belongs to the hops. The hops flavor begins fruity but ends with grapefruit bitterness as expected. The body fairly light with a somewhat thin texture. The carbonation is average, and the finish is super bitter and super long. This is a good IPA, but slightly out of balance.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Big hoppy beer! Burnished copper in color, great carbonation, fluffy head and blanketing lacing. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, honey and ceral scents are exceptionally pleasant. Big and malty with a huge hop presence, bitter aftertaste and a faint sweetness. Sticky citrus hops that are very fresh and floral. Note of honey, caramel and glazed doughnuts."
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Welle. Aroma nondescript. Nice murky, orange body with lovely off white sheet lace. Best served a little warmer to let the flavors out. Soft, but substantial hop profile. Session quality flavor but a little strong for that. A very nice brew.
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Cloudy copper, fluffy head. Aroma is all grapefruit. Taste is more grapefruit bitterness. Slightly harsh finish. One-dimensional. Needs some additional hop complexity- pine or floral to balance the citrus.