Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 3/11/17 (Meijer Shorts 12pk)-38° in Snifter-Pours orange with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of malt, citrus, and pine. Taste of the same. This full bodied brew is well balanced and a nice sipping brew.
screigh (700) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2017
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a hazy orange. Very thin white head with zero lacing. Grassy earth aroma. Flavor is grassy earth and some tartness.
rumproasts (5313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep golden orange with one finger head. Medium body with big hops. Lots of resin. Strong bitterness. Great double ipa packed with hop flavors.
blackflag321 (675) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft growler poured to pint glass. Beautiful appearance in the glass. Tastes great, too. Big fruity, grapefruit nose. Slightly sweet, nicely balanced with no dominating character on the palate. Definitely a "buy again."
AWISLguy (2800) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from the local Meijer. Amber orange pour with an off-white head. Nose has big citrus and pine. Oranges, some other tangy fruit. Sweet malts. Taste is of sweet and tangy fruits, sweet malts, some chewy resin and oranges. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. The body is solid and there is light alcohol presence. Finishes tangy bittersweet. This is a nice solid tangerine/orangey ipa. 13.8
superspak (5222) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, grapefruit zest, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, grapefruit zest, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass; leading to some lingering hop/fruit zest astringency near the end of the glass, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden, only a light warmth lingering after the finish for 10.4%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, grapefruit zest, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV, and despite the lingering bitter/astringent flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. i’m always excited to try a shorts IPA since that’s one of the styles they consistently hit, and a special release like this one should be excellent. however, it ends up somewhere in the good side of the middle of the road, with a nice piney and tropical sticky hops nose and an attractive light orange color. But the flavor introduces the dirty secret of IPA bitterness: citrus zest. It offers an unnaturally bitter note that doesn’t mesh well with the rest of the profile. Otherwise this is a well done brew with a nice subdued malt backbone which allows the IIPA character to shine through.
BigBeer45 (1483) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, drank from a glass,
this ale was a dark orange/burnt orange in the glass and the beer had a one finger white cover of bubbles, it left nice spots and small fingers of lacing on the glass,
the nose had aromas of pine, resin, lemon and grapefruit hops, the hops had a bit of spice to,
pale malt and bread, a little toasted malt, orange fruit,
malt and bread sweetness,
the flavors were spice, grapefruit, guava citrus and floral hops, some pale malt, a little bread with malt and sugar like sweetness,
the finish had a good spice and citrus hop bitterness with a tiny alcohol bite, a little malt trailed afterwards,
the mouth feel was towards the full side, there was soft to average carbonation, and it had some creamy feel on the tongue,
there was a little warmth on the throat,
this drink had a big citrus hop nose and flavor with some malt, a very hoppy drink.
libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange amber with a head that dissipates quickly. Tropical fruits,malt, tangerine and citrus hops are in the aroma. Big malt backbone. Tropical fruits, tangerine, resin and malt in the flavor. Full body. Soft carbonation. Dry finish. Malt and hops are very well balanced. Love it.
mvp (254) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with a small white head that disappears quickly. Weak but desirable aroma. Taste is well balanced.