tennisjoel (1487) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Deep murky red brown body beneath a large pillowy frothy head. Perfect appearence. Lovely hop aroma of fresh pine, grapefruit. So good, so drinkable. This is just lovely. Regular double simcoe is great, but this takes it up a notch and is simply divine. A perfect drinking experience. I haven’t been wowed like this for a long time. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2009
750 cork and cage. Pours with vigorous head... as it settles, a little creamy. very hoppy aroma of grapefruite, citrus, pine and yummy. the mouthful is very bubbly with a creamyness that is delightful. there is an earthy edge to the the massive hops that crazy good. This is a great beer gone epic. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 750ml, corked & caged bottle from once upon a vine. opens with a splendid cork pop and pours a gorgeous, deep, dark copper with a perfect, one inch, vanilla head, great lacing and full retention through the whole glass. aroma is excellent with huge piney, herbal, and slightly catty hops, big notes of candied grapefruit and orange peel, with subtle floral notes backed by a bit of spice and leafy earth. flavor is simply phenomenal. huge, juicy, white grapefruit citrus hop bitterness up front with elements of tangerine and pineapple, backed by sweeter notes of vanilla cream, toffee, and sticky bun. mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky and resinous, but with great carbonation and smooth drinkability. finish is a wonderfully bold, bitter assault of citrus hops. overall, this is truly a massive, epic IIPA. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2009
750 ml - The Wine Source (week of initial release). Dark hazed coppery orange, thick foamy off-white head (great lacing). Fresh pine and spruced wet-earth aromas ride soft undercurrents of cedar and sweet peachy caramel. Bold white grapefruit zest and pine hop bitterness flow smoothly over notes of light sweet malt with a dry bitter wood fade. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Bottles with age on it are still good, but this ultra fresh bottle was absolutely killer! As much as I love the filtered version, this should be in the 12oz - 4 packs year round in my opinion... kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2009
22 oz bottle via Mys Swap 4 (thanks daknole!). Pours a very hazy copper with a large head. Nose is pure simcoe..ie pine needle bliss meets pine syrup bliss in hop heavan. Taste is the same and i also get some orange and apricot...this is beyond good.....
Listigovers (1312) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 750mL bottle. Beautiful day on the patio, from a Chimay glass. Cloudy, big beautiful head and sparkling body. Flowers and fruit aroma. Huge flavours and a very nice finish, alcohol is hidden well although it is very obviously a strong beer. Lots of hops. Poured in sediment and the colour changed from orange to beige, really. Completely opaque. Hop monster turns into yeast monster, wow! Great beer! jritte04 (1) - - SEP 3, 2012 does not count
This is a great IPA. A couple of friends gifted this to me, so I only have one bottle of it but I am certainly going to fix that soon.
The pour is lively with a brassy tint and a decent head. The aroma is the first standout property that you notice - the aroma has all the usual spice and fruit tones, but also has a ...zing that makes you want to get to the drinking part real quick. The initial taste cinches the proposition. Hops and more hops. No beer has a better hop taste than this. The taste mellows on your tongue a bit after the initial tartness of the hops, but retains a decent roundness, but nothing worth putting off the next sip for. And that’s my single complaint with this beer - the finish. The finish is weaker than I expected for a beer that comes on so strong from the beginning.
Overall, one of the best beers I’ve ever had.