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Kryptonite - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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world-class

78 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%


Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: woodychandler on 05-29-2008)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Lancaster brew pub.

Fluffy foamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with spotty almost soapy lacing, somewhat hazy golden honey colored.

Nice fruity hops, very floral, light tropical even, very little malt, but a hint of sweet boozy malt profile.

Taste starts fairly bitter, quite hoppy with earthy spicy hop kick, nice sweet malty balance to it doesn't get astringent, light citrus and fruity hops too, faint kick of booze, mild sweet malt attempts to balance but falls a bit short, mostly just props up the hops.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bod, bit of warming booze, decent carb.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 18:16:22 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a very nice clear orange color with a small soapy white head on top. The retention is thin with a nice sticky lacing. The smell of the beer gives off hoppy aromas of oranges, banana, pine and some mango. The taste is sweet upfront with a nice malt profile that fades into the bitter strike of the hops that balance this out. The mouthfeel is smooth yet sharp with some strong carbonation and bitterness. Overall it's a sweet beer that transitions into a very resiny IPA. I found it enjoyable and very happy to have finally tried this.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2013 17:00:53 | More by Knapp85
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark gold color with a very thin head and lots of carbonation.

S - Tropical fruit and fruit rinds. Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple with super light caramel malt.

T - Hopped to high heaven. Tropical fruit, pungent rinds, spicy, and floral with minimal caramel malt coming through. This beer is a perfect mixture of sweet vs. bitter hops and is pretty much a full attack on the palette. The two nuances blend perfectly and creates a swirling sensation between the two going from one to the other before finishing with an aggressive pine floral combo for a long lingering finish that also coats the mouth with an almost metallic-like sensation.

M - Full bodied and smooth carbonation.

O - One of the best D-IPA's I 've had in quite awhile and well worth the effort in this out of the way Philly suburb city.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 05:42:29 | More by jzeilinger
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-09-14 in Lancaster, PA at Iron Hill Brew Pub

A - Mostly clear, golden-mahohany with a big 2-finger head in a mug club mug. The head faded fairly quickly but left good lacing.

S - Lightly tropical with lots of pineapple. Flowery hop oils and a hint of caramel malt. The hops have faded some since the initial release of this beer in the spring.

T - Candied fruit (orange and pineapple) supported by caramel malt, floral hops, spice and some pine. It is initially pretty sweet followed by a moderatly-bright citrus taste and some oily yet-restrained hop bitterness. As the sweetness fades, the taste improves to a fairly sharp, red grapefruit bitterness and residual sweetness. The alcohol is present but not forward. I like the taste, particularly after getting past the initial sweetness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation (almost as good as on-tap) Sticky, resinous and mildly prickly.

O - A very fine offering from Iron Hill. Glad to have this brew in any format.

Serving type: cask

09-15-2012 21:00:10 | More by Tucquan
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billab914

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to IrishColonial for sharing this one the other night. It poured bright amber in color with a thin, sticky white head clinging to edges of the glass. Pretty clear with nice color and good lacing to it.

The aroma is bright with some really nice tropical fruits to it. Pineapple, mango and grapefruit all come out. It has a bit of a candied, sweeter fruit presence to it, which I love.

The taste shows more of the juicy, fruity, tropical notes up front. The finish shows some strong resiny bitterness with notes of grapefruit and pine. Nice range of hoppiness to it and very drinkable as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall, I thought it was a great beer. Very drinkable and hoppy with a very good range of flavors to it. The sweeter, candied, tropical like fruit flavors were especially outstanding in it.

Serving type: growler

05-22-2012 18:37:29 | More by billab914
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Centennial for the growler.

Pours bright amber, sort of an orange-ish yellow, just a shade or so darker than the palest of DIPAs. Perfectly transparent. Nice puffy white head, good lacing.

The aroma is packed with bright, juicy hops. Tons of citrus, tropical fruits and marijuana. It's fresh and clean and rich with sweet delicate hop notes. There's pineapples, mangos, grapefruits, lemons and wildflowers. A subtle, sweet malt backbone holds everything up. Excellent.

The taste backs up the promise of the nose. Lots more hops. It's a fairly resinous hoppiness. There's some apparent malt sugariness to round things out, but this is a DIPA with some bite. The bitterness is fairly strong but still doesn't get in the way of the more delicate hop flavors. It's just right for me. A pleasant, drinkable hop nectar of a beer that doesn't try to pretend that you only need aroma and dry hopping for a DIPA. Lasting finish with lots of lingering hop flavor, dank and tropical.

Mouthfeel is light and bright. There's good hop oiliness. It's well carbonated. The counter pressure-filled growler was a particularly nice touch. Tasted like it was fresh from the tap.

This is really great stuff. Lots of hop aroma. Bitter without turning things bland. Excellent.

Serving type: growler

05-21-2012 04:54:04 | More by popery
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 64oz growler to Portsmouth glass on 5/16/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to IrishColonial for the hook-up --

Filled at the Wilmington, DE location

A: Clean orange amber. A generous pour yields a pale white two finger head. A thick collar and solid lacing follow.

S: Hop pellets. Juicy, tropical hop pellets. A ton of fruit overwhelms the nose. This beer gives off a major West Coast vibe from start to finish.

T: Bitter, juicy and dry as hell. I get a little bit of malt on the mid. The finish is piney, the kind of hop influence that seeps through the pores on your face for hours. Again, it's bone dry even on the finish, moreso then I typically prefer on a DIPA like this.

M: Pleasant stuff. Good, complex texture. A bit too bubbly, but it in no way keeps it from being rich and inviting.

O: Certainly a tasty and extremely fresh DIPA, yet it's not usually the kind I reach for. In the end though, this doesn't hold it back too much, yet it never really reaches the upper echelon of the style. I'm stoked to finally tick this mother, though I feel there is better out there in what's become a fierce hop-forward market.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2012 16:47:41 | More by Rhettroactive
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HopHead84

California

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5/19/2012

Counter pressure filled growler courtesy of SpillyBeers. Thanks! 

A: Hazy yellow orange body with two inches of white sea foam. Impressive retention and a comical amount of lacing sheets stick to the glass.

S: Bright, vibrant hop aroma, redolent with notes of grapefruit, spicy mango, guava, pineapple, peach, and papaya. Floral aromatics waft from the glass, blending with dank marijuana. Malt is sweet but subtle, playing a decidedly supportive role for the hops. It's reminiscent of cracker and sugar cookie.

T: Delicious juicy tropical and citrus fruits. Mango blends with peach, pineapple, grapefruit, guava, tangerine, and orange. Very bright and very fresh. There's a little sweet crackery malt in there to support the explosive fruitiness. There's a smooth moderate bitterness throughout. The finish is dry and clean with a plethora of fruit that lingers and lingers. 9%? Jesus. Not a trace of booze.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and dry.

Overall: Right up my alley. It's clean like a Pizza Port beer with some nice tropical notes that remind me of Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2012 03:46:53 | More by HopHead84
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill. Two Glasses.

Kryptonite poured in the snifter looks a nice bold gold with orange color throughout. Very clear looking beer and a nice dense off white cap of foam that clings to the glass. Smell is very bright and pungent with the citrus coming off prominent, yet not overpowering the faint biscuit malted scent as well. Big whiffs of the pineapple and the mango and the orange. A mild sweetness with warming. On the palate, this is one mighty fine DIPA. Tastes include some mild sweetness from the malt coming of with a biscuity/bready vibe. That is an understatement to the citrus and tropical flavor present including mango, pineapple, orange and fruity appeal. No trace of the 9% in taste but a warming quality comes in small sips. Feel is at about medium yet it drinks so easy, it comes off lighter than that with a very dry finish. A double that drinks like a single. Carbed up nice without a bite. The krypt just is an easy drinker with mad flavor that is all.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 06:00:57 | More by BARFLYB
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largadeer

California

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Centennial. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours a shade of pale gold, surprisingly light and clear, decidedly West Coast style. Two fingers of lasting, frothy head cap the body.

Smell: A ton of citrus, primarily pineapple and tangerine. There are lesser notes of marijuana, cut grass and pine. The sugar cookie malt backbone becomes more noticeable as it warms, though it remains faint. This smells great.

Palate: Juicy, ripe tangerines and pineapples up front. Lightly sweet and sugary, with a clean and crisp light body. Becomes a bit more herbal and resinous mid-palate. The finish is wonderfully biting and bitter, certainly more intense than most West Coast DIPAs, but it never feels excessive. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all beyond a bit of warmth in the swallow.

Overall: Such an excellent beer. I can't believe this stuff is coming out of PA - it tastes like a Pizza Port DIPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2012 03:18:19 | More by largadeer
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler to snifter. Thanks to LIVEFAST for securing this one for me at the Lancaster location. Sampled 6/2/11.

A: Audible on the opening of the plastic, twist off lid of the growler. Filled to the top. Literally. A long lasting, 2 finger frothy/foamy head, off-white in color. The body has a slightly hazed mid-value orange hue.

S: Absolutely bursting with hop goodness. Resin, pine and tangerine. A small touch of caramel from the malts. A wonderful yeast selection, rather neutral to let the hops shine, but maybe a hint of soapiness.

T: Citrus flavor is present, but tropical fruit flavor is the theme. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine & lime zest. Long lasting flavor. The non-descript malt foundation provides the right amount of sweetness and is matched perfectly by the firm bitterness at the back end.

M: Medium-full, approaching thick. A minerally quality to the texture, yet the mouthfeel manages to remain smooth. I suspect this score would have been even higher if it were a draft serving. (The growler sat for several days before I was able to tackle this monster by myself. If there was ANY drop-off in other departments, I'd be surprised since, as you can see, there is very little room for improvement here.)

O: This beer is dangerously drinkable and good enough to be an everyday double IPA. There is nothing tiresome about this one at all, a rare quality for this style in my opinion. Already awaiting next years release...

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 20:16:57 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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BeerDocT

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was at an Iron Hill in Horsham, PA located in a strip mall near some funky-looking apartments. Had to wait forever to get served at the bar, but warmed up to the place. Ordered a growler of "kyptonite" to go and enjoyed it back at the hotel.

Poured into a room temperature highball glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Nice looking beer, better than average head. Golden in color, but with a deeper gold than many mega-beers. Carbonation bubbles popping up all over the beer, lots of little bubbles.

-Smell 2.5: Very little bouquet to this beer. I do smell hops, but also a very pronounced alcohol smell. Intimidated? Not me!

-Taste 3.0: Good, but not exceptional. Hops all over the place, but there is also a pronounced metallic taste that I found off-putting. No amount of ABV could make it go away. Also, that alcohol smell? It heralded an alcohol taste in the finish. However, the beer is tasty. If you let the ABV take you away.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: Watery, but with a bubbly, flat champagne type of carbonation. Carbonation in this beer is strange; CO2 perhaps?

-Overall 3.0: Average IPA. Lots of hops and lots of hype from the server, but ultimately not that fantastic. You do need to watch out for the over the top ABV; this is not a brew to tip back and try to drive home. That is, unless, you live in the funky apartments in Horsham and in that case you should just walk home.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2011 02:58:13 | More by BeerDocT
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hop Attack, also Kryptonite release day!

A - Honey-golden body with two fingers worth of white head...great bubbly retention which lead to wonderful lacing down the glass

S - Wow, this smells like straight hop juice...this just might be my Kryptonite...it's making me weak in the knees...all sorts of hops going on...they are juicy, piney, and citrusy all at the same time

T - What amazing balance with the flavors...the hops aren't as overpowering as the nose would suggest, but they are present throughout the entire beer...the caramel malt tries to come through in the middle but it's combined with the sweet citrus and kind of gets lost...there is a tingly bitterness left of the palate

M - Medium bodied...hoppy finish with a tingly bitterness...but again it's surprisingly balanced

O - Holy balance Batman...we waited all day (darn, I know) for the tapping at 3 and I'm sure glad we did...this was the best of the show during Hop Attack

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 18:26:42 | More by thain709
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Founders snifter.

The beer pours a lovely honey color. A fingers worth of off white lazily rests atop. I figured there would be lacing but in fact there is nill. It smells sweet from first whiff. Caramel malt is the culprit. Slight citrus and piney hops dance off of each other.

The sweet malt is there but it is balanced. The hops come in and give it a bit of a dry finish. Hop resin definitely coats my tongue. Hot damn I love that. I can't state enough that this is a very sweet IPA. I do happen to really like it though. I really wanted to share this tick with my buddies, but work and home have been getting all of my free time. The guiltiness of enjoying this alone ensues.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2011 00:48:20 | More by TheDudeRules
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cavedave

New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More big thanks to dfclav for this hop a licious NJ treat. Live review.

Topped by a two finger off white head, this beer is a clear amber beauty. Lace arms hug the Portsmouth tulip with hop resiny love. Take a picture.

Citrus and tropical, hop heavenly, medium aroma. I get grapefruit, mango, orange zest, pineapple, even some nectarine and lemon, all sitting atop neutral sweet and very light alcohol spice. Mmmmm.

We all have our sweet spot when it comes to hoppy IIPA. This beer is in my sweet spot like a 60 MPH fastball down the middle. I'm guessing magnum or columbus bittering, really well done- plenty bitter, but not aspirin, it leads the sip as well as finishes it. Along the way some candi joins the fun, but this a veritable panoply of hop goodness. As it warms all the flavors in the nose take turns on center stage, but the mix always is startlingly delicious, just the right hop goodness I love. The finish isn't as dry as Left Coast style, though eventually it shows some drying pine flavor, but is wonderful for the flavors.

Nice low/med. carb., very viscous but easy drinking, nice clean resin cling, and an excellent finish.

Woohoo, this is one of the top IIPA's I've tasted. A must try for the hop heads out there, get this no matter what it takes.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2011 23:16:00 | More by cavedave
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears clear and orange colored, with a white head that leaves good lacing in its wake. The aroma brings a heavy dose of hops and citrus...outstanding. The malt profile is very light - only enough to support the beer - again, well done. I had this brew next to some outstanding DIPAs, and it certainly stood its ground. The beer has a slight sweetness that slowly grows as I progress through the pint, but it's nowhere near cloying. Overall, this was a fabulous beer, and one I would most definitely enjoy having again and again.

Serving type: growler

07-05-2011 13:47:54 | More by Huhzubendah
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renegadeburger

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my first big trip to iron hill this place gets a ton of awards for their beers i had to go check it out

this one came highly recommended so i ordered it up, it came out with a little head on it seemed kind of flat at first

aroma was outstanding though huge citrus nose and also lots of spices and pine trees and big flower aroma real yummy and persuasive

taste was a disappointment though it just lacked that extra character i felt it fell short at the end it was a let down in that sense it starts out with a huge citrus entry then in the end no malt to back anything up

overall a good beer still but i feel the captain larry one i had was much better looking forward to some of their other beers

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 00:57:59 | More by renegadeburger
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dfclav

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at iron hill maple shade 7/2. This batch was listed at 9% ABV.

A - poured a very deep copper/orange with a fairly small 1 finger head. Lacing wasn't as much as i'd hoped for as it just left very thin patchy spots throughout the glass.

S - this is an intensely hop-forward beer. An almost overwhelming amount of citrusy hops combine with rich pine. Very rich caramel smell sits on my tongue and makes my mouth water even before taking a sip.

T - rich tropical fruits with candi sugar and pine all the way throughout this beer with a very aggressive hop bite. This beer isn't for rookies. A complex breakdown of flavors the longer it sits. The beer is held together very well by the malt character, which in no way becomes a mess at any point even though it seems like it'd break down faster then it did.

M - not a heavy mouthfeel for a dipa but not light. I'd put it at medium bodied, slightly on the heavier side. Carbonation level is perfect. Hop resins provide a very pleasing, sticky finish.

O - reading the menu and seeing they had this on tap was an awesome bonus from getting a day off while family watched my twins. The menu noted that 5 pounds of hops were added per barrel so I knew I was going to be in for a palate assault. I was not disappointed in any way. This beer is the best thing to come out of iron hill that I have tried and fans of dipa's need to track this one down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 19:38:11 | More by dfclav
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jrallen34

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thorpe for this... a great looking beer, especially for a growler pour, a clear dark peach with a ton of bright white head, great ring... very strong nose, dipa notes but more subtle, malty caramel with some dank hops, alcohol, really nice... the taste is lighter but more drinkable then the nose indicates, lots of alcohol... very drinkable but too much alcohol for only 7.5%

Serving type: growler

06-20-2011 21:53:19 | More by jrallen34
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321jeff

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was shared by a friend at a recent tasting, thanks!

Pours a hazy bright orange/amber with loads of fluffy white head. As the head fades, it leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is among the most potent I've come across in a DIPA. Loads of citrus, but I also get a solid dose of bitter pine resins. I also get some hints of alcohol signifying this is a strong beer.

Taste is equally as potent with lots of bitter resin and citrus flavors, but it has enough of a malt backbone to nicely balance things out. Non-hopheads need not apply for this one...

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, it leaves a nice coating with a long bitter finish. Overall, it's a very well done DIPA, over the top hoppy aromas and flavors while maintaining an overall balance. Always fun to try a fresh local hop bomb.

Serving type: growler

06-20-2011 02:30:13 | More by 321jeff
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Previous review was of the first 2009 batch. Felt like a review of the 2011 batch was necessary since my memory of that first batch wasn't nearly as good as my experience with a few growlers and draft samples from this year.

Beer is orange and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation light. Aroma is a Pliny esque intense punch of tropical and citrus hops. Mango, grapefruit, peach. Medium thick body, chewy and resiny, with surprisingly minimal alcohol presence. Flavor is a bright, fresh blend of intense pine, mango, pineapple and grapefruit hops. When I had the first batch of this beer I thought it was a good for the area DIPA, but not quite world class. This batch fresh has changed my mind and pushed this to nearly best of class for the style (but still not on the PtY, Ephraim, Kern plane).

Serving type: growler

06-20-2011 01:55:19 | More by yourefragile
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another growler thanks to Michael, (yourefragile) thanks for hooking me up with all this hop goodness.

A: Nice amber color with gold highlights, the head dies to nothing but leaves excellent lacing.

S: Really complex DIPA smell, one of those DIPAs like the midwest ones (Dreadnaught, Hopslam, etc) that has great hops but also a hearty malt base: Dry hopped citra comes through nicely, nice sweetbreads for the malt base, bitter grass, almost a liquor like savory sweet smell, and then another dose of great open hops. Great.

T: The taste has three phases over the palate for me:
1. Sweet to tartish citrus up front and savory, almost salmon like flavor
2. Beautiful bright fruit and grass hops
3. Bitter finish, with other notes of honey biscuit malt with a dose of sugared grapefruit.
Quite a nice taste here, this is a top 5% flavor for DIPAs for me and I've had a lot of them, so I'm going with a 5.

M: Nice smooth feel with clean and bitter notes.

Overall a shockingly awesome beer. Had this directly next to Double Sunshine (Lawsons) and Double Citra (Hill Farmstead) and I liked this the best.

Serving type: growler

06-12-2011 18:34:07 | More by Dreadnaught33
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for securing me a growler at the release on Friday. Opened with some friends on Tuesday 5/31/11.

Poured into a DFH goblet, this brew appears a hazed golden copper color with a rich 2 finger dense head of fluffy froth that is lightly stained yellow. Very solid retention with patches of lace clinging to the wall as it very slowly fades.

The aroma is bright with hop characteristics. Very fresh smelling with scents of pine, flowers, rinds like orange, tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. Overall sweet smelling with hardly a touch of malt backing. The hops are center stage and leave little room for anything else to be noted in the aroma even as it warms. Overall a bold and super enjoyable fresh hop scent emits from this brew.

The taste is again super fresh with a lasting contribution of hoppy oils. It is rindy and bitter like unsweetened grapefruit. The bitterness continues through from start to finish with a resinous bite and cling to the tongue. Flavors of pine, flowers, grapefruit ad orange rinds. The hops in the flavor differ from the nose in that there is a contrasting malt inclusion that is toasty with a seemingly honey-like dryness to the finish. Quite fruity and masterfully done with the way the hops are more flavorful than they are bitter. The aftertaste includes more of a grassy touch with some catty notes, grapefruit and alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very drinkable and balanced exceptionally well. The alcohol is incorporated perfectly with only a slight tingle making itself known at times. I could see myself easily over indulging in this. I guess my friends really enjoyed this as well because when I went back for a refill, the growler was already empty.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2011 14:41:05 | More by stakem
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously growler side by side with several big IPAs and some boring stouts. Thanks to Mike, Mike, Ben, Jeff, and me for making this whole thing happen. Very awesome afternoon.

Beer is orange and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation light.

Aroma is really hoppy, CTZ hops dominate the whole way, very awesome aroma.

Beer is medium in body and a little sweet, nice earthy / piny hop flavors in the midpalate of the beer. Heavy with resin, nice level of bitterness on the backend of the beer. This beer is heavier than the others we sampled, mildly maltier, but a very great beer. I described it at the tasting of being a heavier Pliny the elder. Most agreed.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2011 16:24:24 | More by drabmuh
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing this growler at MasterSki's birthday taasting.

A - Orangish color beer with a nice white head that fades to a partial cap with a little bit of lace.

S - Nose is a lot of tropical fruit, citrus, and some bitter smelling pine. Really a lot of hops going into this.

T - Very bitter with a lot of pine. There's a bit of heat on this one that makes the sugar stand out more. Sugary citrus and tropical fruit hops make this pretty sweet.

M - A little gritty, active carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Pretty good DIPA, I can't drink tons of this one due to the heat and sugar, but it packs a lot of flavor.

Serving type: growler

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