ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2009
16oz can via trade at DLD. pours a beautiful, slightly dark ruby/copper with a perfect half inch vanilla white head and great lacing through the whole glass. aroma is wonderful with bold, sweet hops, grapefruit, pineapple juice, some spicy pine, grass clippings, and just a touch of toasty malt. flavor is delicious as well with spicy, bitter hops up front with notes of pine, orange, and grapefruit perfectly balanced by slightly sweet, biscuity malts and a hint of caramel with a long, bittersweet hoppy finish. mouthfeel is almost creamy, smooth, with solid carbonation and very easy to drink. overall, a wonderful IPA. noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
On tap @ Reggie’s. Been meaning to have this for a while and it did not disappoint- big, juicy IPA. Ar: Fresh mown grass, spring floral hops and grapefruit. Ap: Sensuous misty/honey amber color- white head w/ heavy retention that stuck to the glass and left the most complex galaxy lacing i have seen in a while. Fl: Spicy hops, nutty Brie, grapefruit and maybe even hints of allspice- a winter IPA if there ever was one. The Golden Promise malt isn’t as evident as I would have expected. Pa: Thick, loamy-ness at the end. Very bubble-gummy flavor makes it a super juicy brew. Not as good as the Two Hearted, but very tasty indeed. Nicely done folks. The Teabagged version (on cask at DLD ’09) smelt wonderful, but lost a bit in the flavor. TheGuy (920) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Picked up at DLD in a trade with skyview poured copper with thck intense head of light brown aromas were of hops,malts and caramel flavor of the same a great brew and a must try Iceman82 (32) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 I’m a hop-head...so this was made for me!! I think this is my idea of a perfect IPA. Pours a dark copper color, hues of red and orange. Medium-sized head that leaves a trail of beautiful lace to the last sip. Big, fruity aroma upon smelling...peaches, pineapple, citrusy hops. Maybe Amarillo hops are used....not really sure. Flavor is pine, fruity hops...BIG, BIG HOPS...with a nice malt balance. Dry, bittering finish that I love! Not quite a session beer but....one of my favorites. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 1 pt can courtesy of tyteranderso. Thanks. Pours an amber color with a big clumpy off-white head that had fair retention and lacing. The aroma is bold with fresh hops, pine and a bot o grapefruit. The taste is nicely bitter caramel with some pine, oranges and sweet biscuit. The finish is long and bitersweet. The palate is smooth and even. Overall: A very tasty brew, love it. Rerated on 3-25-2012 from can from freehafe. thanks.
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 This one poured a darker amber color with a somewhat small off white head. Aroma was lots of fresh floral and fruity citrus hops, a bit sweet as well. Flavor was a huge burst of citrus flavor, then a nice smooth caramel balance, followed byh a long lasting but not too bitter finish. This is some damn good stuff!!! danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
Can via trade with scoobydank. Nose is sweet hops, soda like nose with the effervescence. Strong pineapple syrup to the nose with caramel-toffee hints. Pours a nice amber hue with a tone of frothy off white to cream head. Flavors have that same pineapple with a strong grapefruit twist. Pretty refreshing. Mouth is pretty sticky with syrup, a mild bitter burn in the after taste. scoobydank (6) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2009 does not count
So obviously I have had this beer in all kinds of formats, but I will review the canned version.
L:Thick slightly off white head. Great amber looking color getting closer to red than anything.
S:Big fat stinky pungent grapefruity hop smell. Just a touch of peach. Very faint roasted malt nutty smell.
T:Big grapefruit up front. Also a very roasty bisquity smell. Just a slight light caramel sweetness. All those fiery hops land immediately on the roof of your mouth on first sip.
M:A thick slightly syrupy with a round warmness.
D:Great. Definitely one of those I need a big beer brews. MrBunn (2869) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
Can with thanks to DalzAle. Pours a coppery body with a small/medium head of dense tan foam. Aromas are sharp and cutting pine... smells like the blue spruce we had in the house this past Christmas season. Man is that a great flavor... tastes just like a blue spruce. That said, it does come across as a bit thin at times... don’t know if it is the malt presence being overwhelmed or what. Pretty darn good stuff. Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
This one’s intense - maybe too much. The hops are ridiculous, this is probably what it tastes like to chew on a hop flower.