Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle; Pour is clear light golden with a modest white head. Retention is on the average side, while the lacing appears a bit spotty in this snifter - The aroma may be a little nicer than the flavor profile, honestly. Caramel and melons on the nose. So no. Not quite a double, I guess. I suppose it makes it a bit more drinkable , though? Melons, Tangerines, caramel - not bad. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden, orange tinted body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is nice and very fresh. Big on the tropical fruits. Lots of mango, melon, peach, papaya, and a lighter pineapple-orange. A good amount of grainy, pale malts with a moderate caramel sweetness. Hops are mostly grass with a light mix of pine and floral. Flavor is similar, but a bit sweet. A distinct, sweet pale malt and caramel up front while staying fairly grainy. Lots of piney grapefruits and tangerines along with a good amount of tropical fruits. Finishes dry with a moderate bitterness that is grassy and piney as well as citrusy and tropical. Also fairly sweet and grainy with a light resin. Lengthy aftertaste following a slightly fuller than medium, smooth body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a flavorful DIPA/IPA. Fairly sweet and grainy all-around, but there is a nice tropical/citrusy fruit to this along with a pleasant mix of pine and grass. I like the balance on the aroma a bit better, but this was pretty good. Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Southern Tier does it again. Amazingly fresh grassy aroma. Appears light and fruity but once you take a sip it coats your mouth like a huge beer, with a sweet fresh hoppy grassy citrus explosion, love. espenra (1017) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2011
35,5cl bottle at Håndverkerstuene. Slightly hazy golden colour with a small white head. Hoppy aroma. Lots of tropical fruits. Flavour is bitter and hoppy. Tropical fruits again as well as some malts. hallinghansen (3403) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle. Light amber body with a medium white head. Aroma has grapefruit, soap, peach, oranges, pine. Flavor is malt, oranges, peach, notes of pepper and citrus. Bitter finish.
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Pours a light amber with a moderate head. Light aroma of hops, honey and grass. Taste is a little under medium bodied, with a smooth palate and nice layers of grassy hops. Was hoping for a bit more, has a fair amount of hops, but not that much more. Foxbush (2086) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2012 This IPA was purchased at The Caboose in Ashland, Va. The IPA poured a very clear golden color. The aroma was of citrus and pine. The head was about 1/2 inch and laced down the glass. The medium body IPA was excellent. The alcohol was right in the higher range for IPAs. The whole experience was excellent. Very smooth finish with some bitterness. I need to learn what defines an Imperial IPA.
I enjoyed another at the new location for Buzand ned’s in Richmond’ West End. I agree with the comments and will leave the rating as it stands. Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2011
A good DIPA but not up with the select. The best usually have a special distinguishing characteristic but I didn’t find anything outstanding about this one. There is no doubt that it is a very drinkable beer, but doesn’t rate up there with Hopslam, Simcoe IPA, etc. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours deep gold, slight haze - white head that leaves lots of lace on the glass. Aroma is malty honey, some earthy herbal hops, and vinous ripe fruit. Flavor starts hoppy with herbal slightly vegetal hop character. Decent bit of honey-like sweetness with touch of catty evergreen bitterness. Lots of malt, fairly sweet. Finishes fairly dry with a clean bitterness that leaves touches of tropical fruit and earthiness on the back of the palate. Aftertaste is pungently hoppy bitter with a rough edge (simcoe?). Mouthfeel is decently carbonated with light velvety creamy texture in a medium-full body. Overall, decent and hoppy, but a bit sweet and bit of a rough edge on the hop finish. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Sharp lily pollen aroma, borders on offensive. Little catty, when i dive in i discover a little honeycomb. Surprising aromatics. Pale gold, sticky white head. More honeycomb on the sip, dries out quickly with an herbal midpalate, eases into a nice finish as doughy malt and citrusy hops come through as something familiar in the end. 030911 Nearly 24 hours later I opened my second bottle. Much better. More direct aromatics, guessing simcoe and summit in this one. Lightly toasted biscuit plays nicely with the amped up hop oils. Stronger than the single ipa, more tame than the unearthly, and maintains its own character in the process.