GRM (4014) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 3 2014; eye: amber, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: hops, pine, orange, light grain, tropical fruits; mouth: hops, pine, orange, light grain, tropical fruits, light astringency, finale in pine with light presence of grapefruit, full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, slightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 3 octobre 2014; œil : ambrée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : houblon, pin, orange, léger grain, fruits tropicaux; bouche : houblon, pin, orange, léger grain, fruits tropicaux, légère astringence, finale en pin avec légère présence de pamplemousse, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amère, très légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement râpeuse; en résumé : bien tsd08460 (1129) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2016 Bottle from Whole Foods Fair Lakes
Aroma: bread, alcohol, spruce,
Appearance: golden orange,
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Overall: great beer Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2015
This brew pours a bright orange orange-bronze color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy with floral and malty notes. Medium to full body with flavors of piney hops, citrus and grainy malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering fruity hops aftertaste. Solid beer all around. djd07 (14355) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle thanks to Beau on RBWG bus. Pours a clear gold with small white head. Aroma is strong floral pine hop and dank. Strong hop bite, pine, resiny finish, very bitter, really enjoyed this.
ads135 (4587) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Thick and viscous with a deep malty character. The star of the show is the hopped bitterness that open up quickly with grapefruit and pine and never lets up.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
22 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a finger off-white shade with poor retention. It’s disappointing how quickly the head fades; though on the positive side, it does manage to leave a bit of lacing behind.
S: Right from the start, it brings the dank, citrusy hops in a big way. Citrusy, mainly - in fact, there are some solid tropical fruit notes emanating. There’s also some ’cat pee’, which is never a bad thing in small doses. Maybe there’s a bit more malt than I really prefer from the style, but this definitely succeeds as a ’total package’.
T: The slight malt sweetness that hits first quickly gives way to an onslaught of bitter grapefruit rind. Make no mistake, this is hella grapefruity. It becomes maltier during the finish, displaying notes of caramel, dough, toffee, and brown sugar. My problem is that there isn’t much to tie together the big grapefruit with the malt backbone. It’s just like cosmicevan said, this is a really sappy, syrupy kind of beer - and that’s not what I want from the style.
M: Well carbonated, enough to poke through the thick body - in fact, enough to overpower the palate, even. One feature I really like: hop resins seem to accumulate on the palate, bringing more and more bitterness as more is imbibed. I’m torn between giving this a great score due to the hop resin or a poor score due to the rampant overcarbonation. Meh, I’ll split the difference - it’s a bit unpleasant feeling at first, but once the carbonation slows down, it develops a nice (if too sweet) texture.
O: I’m shocked this is a 100. SHOCKED I SAY! Okay, maybe not: this is a big ol’ grapefruit bomb, which means if you like big ol’ grapefruit bombs, you’re going to really like this. Me, I only like them situationally (ie. Nugget Nectar), with my preference being leaner, less sweet DIPAs. As it stands, I’m still disappointed by this. Don’t avoid this, just curb your expectations. AWISLguy (3016) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bomber from Drake, thanks Dan! Shared with ck1 on Spit Cup weekend. Pours orangey amber with a white head. Aroma has sweet pine and citrus. Taste has sweet pine, citrus, heavy resin with light caramel. A bit of alcohol. Finishes sweetly bitter, with alcohol. Decent. But not great. 14.4 jgb9348 (6187) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Deep very hazy golden and light copper coloured body with a nice, two centimetre tall microfoamed just off-white head. Aroma of nice crisp grapefruit and piney hops with a bit of alcohol, passionfruit, malt, caramel and sugar notes coming from the nose as well. Full-bodied; Rich malt body with a bright sweetness from fruit and a pungent but well-balanced hop bite showing pine and grapefruit predominately. Aftertaste shows some bright bitter qualities from the hops with a lot of sweetness, and a very nice mellow malty character that balances out nicely. Overall, a very nicely balanced, well flavoured and nuanced Imperial IPA with no cloying flavours nor pungency, but a solid alcohol presence, some light sweetness and a good option, not as great as I was expecting, but good, for sure. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Tyson’s Corner (Falls Church), Virginia on 10-June-2014 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington on 06-December-2014. teromous (119) - - OCT 5, 2014
The bottle has a faded stamp of "8 12 14" 12 AUG 2014? Just under two months old if this is the case.
Appearance: Fairly short white head that looks somewhat creamy with some larger bubbles in it. The body is a hazy orange and bronze color.
Aroma: I get a fresh cut grapefruit scent, a bit of a grassy aroma, and slightly catty. There is a bit of mango that peeps in every now and then too.
Taste: There is a rustic bread crust flavor right up front, followed by an earthy woody flavor. There is a bit of pine in the aftertaste. As the beer warms up a bit in he glass that pine character starts to dominate a lot more and becomes the primary flavor.
Palate: It has good bitterness without being overwhelming or difficult to drink. It sits in the medium body range with a good amount of malt backbone without feeling overly sweet. It does a very good job of highlighting hop bitterness but balancing (not equalizing) the malt character.
Overall: The beer was nice but it wasn’t fantastic. There wasn’t a whole lot of hop flavor presence in comparison to the overall bitterness of the beer. Perhaps that was the goal of the beer, given the name "Bitter Valentine." It’s not a beer that will be on my radar in the future. slowrunner77 (11911) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"A gem from Thomassova. By the name of the beer, I’d think this came out a month before VDay, but it sure tastes and smells fresh. Big, dank hops...reminiscent of Maharaja, but a little lighter. Tropical fruit, pine, and orange peel with a malty backbone that only shows when the beer warms. Really nice IIPA."