thewolf (12742) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle. [thanks joenugs]nimbleprop (8708) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Pours lovely red with an equally lovely, creamy, off-white head. Nice lacings. Aroma is hops, hops and hops. Lemony, grapefruit, light woody, resiny, apricot. Light caramel and strawberries behind the hops. Medium carbonation, very dry and elegant mouthfeel. Flavour is powerfully hoppy without being overpowering. Fruity, piney, apricot, grapefruit. Super long, bitter, hoppy, fruity aftertaste. Lovely, but really one of the "punch in the gut" Imperial IPAs.
Scored this via trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! 22oz bottle pours a translucent copper amber with a frothy, white head. Grapefruit aroma, resiny, lemons, a little candy. Flavor is sweet, malty, oranges, lemons, pine. Medium bodied. jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
@RichmondX Gathering Thanks dkachur-22oz bottle-pours a thin light tan head and amber color. Aroma is resin, secondary sweet medium malt-caramel. Taste is resin, secondary sweet medium malt-caramel. Grapefruit comes in at back end. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Deep copper with light tan head and lace. Citrus and sweet malt on the nose. Sweet malt, nice grapefruit bitter. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2010
In short: An archetypical American Double IPA, a bit of everything, on the dry side, dangerously sessionnable
Aquilo (658) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
How: Bottle 22oz. Post-EBF 2010 tasting #1 with east-coast crew. Brought by ygtbsm94 (I think). Thanks for the great treat Brad.
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose is an explosion of hops, coniferous/foresty, citrusy, grapefruity, everything. Taste “perfectly” unbalanced. Crisp malt backbone plays second violin to an avalanche of American hops. The hops have a bit of everything that American IPAs can offer with the coniferous/foresty being a bit more upfront than the other elements (citrus, floral, grapefruits, grass, etc.). Within 24 hours I had multiple samples of the excellent fresh Pliny the Younger, then multiple samples of the even better SN Hoptimum, but I thought that this Valley Brew Uberhoppy was the best of the bunch. Given the competition that speaks volume. Plus it is much easier to find than the other two. It is pleasantly dry and way more sessionnable than the other big guns of the style. I like my big Double IPA hop bombs a bit on the dry side of things so this one is tailored made for me. A new entry in my top-5 favourite American hop fix. I used to be jealous of those Californians with their great weather and kick-ass IPAs. But now I realize that it is not doing me any good to be jealous. I’m switching over to envy. And if it doesn’t help I’ll switch to hatred.
Red-orange with a small white head. Aroma is absolutely wonderful. Oranges, apricots, cream, dates, caramel, walnuts, pecans, and an underlying pinyness that binds it all together. Flavor is very bitter, but it is so well balanced that you hardly notice. This is a pleasure to drink. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Orange with a nice foamy head. Big aroma of citrus and pine hops. Bitter hoppy flavor with a good malt balance. Very nice! Sledutah (7789) - Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle shared thanks to Eric douglas88 (9569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a off-white head leaving some lacing
Aroma: Pine and citrus
Taste: Pine and citrus with some malt backbone
Well balanced, very nice. Not over the top hoppy.
22 ounce bottle. Unknown freshness, bottle thanks to Richard and Eric! Pours a pale golden color with a large white head and lots of lacing. A sweet nose of earthy caramel, sweet apricot and other hop notes. The flavor was surprisingly balanced, sweet citrus and spicy hops, rich caramel and earthy malts. Not aggressive at all. I need a fresher sample perhaps, but it was very good. Tasty and super easy to drink. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Pours deep orange with thin white head. Aroma is as advertised, hops, hops, glorious hops! Huge Simcoe quality with lots of citrus, pine, a bit of a sweet malt backbone and bitters well. Extremely good DIPA, like chewing on hops.