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Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
500 ml bottle that has been gifted to me by the amazing Lum. This one was off my radar, but I'm happy the bottle is in my possession. Served up in my shaped and beautiful Dogfish Head pint.

A: Tricky off the pour. The head built incredibly slowly, but right after the midway point of the pour the head built incredibly quickly. I was left with about 3 fingers of head sitting on top here. The body is very clear, was kind of expecting some debris. The color is nice citrus orange color, held to the light its got more of vibrant yellow going on here. Head is off white, foamy and creamy. Very sticky on the glass, creating some pretty good lace.

S: Smell is mostly a big presence of some sweet and very big orange citrus notes. Smells like a freshly cut orange . . . plain and simple. You may have cut a grapefruit on the cutting board cuz some lingering grapefruit notes are floating around. Little bit of caramel and bready malt presence. Everything is pretty muted except for that orange presence, but its nice.

T: Things get a little more mixed up here than in nose. Grapefruit is the first one out of the gate this time. Nice and bitter. Bitterness is added to with some orange citrus notes coming out as some skin and rind. Sweet malt comes through trying to balance, but its not succeeding all the way. Very pleasant bitterness sticks around. Things round out with some grass and grains trying to work they way out, but its slight at best. Everything comes together incredibly well.

M: Medium in body with a creamy texture to it. Creamy and sticky all over the palate. Carbonation is on the ligher side of medium. Alcohol brings a little bit of heat on the throat over time. A litte sweet but a little dry. Aftertaste is some orange and grapefruit, orange rind is all over the place when I lick my lips. Damn nice.

OA: Its bitter but its not crazy out of hand. It has what hop heads want, but its still drinkable. The orange flavors are plentiful and a very nice surprise. Most DIPAs stay in the more tropical arena, but the orange notes add the bitterness but also with some sweetness. I really like this beer, too bad its a reserve. Thumbs up!

Served In: Pint Glass