nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden hue with a 1/2" head. 5 Seasons used the proper trapist style glass which allowed for an easy nose. The beer was citrusy, bready, and I knew there was going to be a hops kick in there. The taste is very malty and sweet. The sweet floral taste was complex but soon overtaken by the hops involved. The hops, to me, is slightly overbalanced and left no room for any other taste moments after a second or two of each sip. An overall good beer for a guy that doesn’t really like double IPAs or beers that boast on their hops.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper in color with a thick off white head. Decent hop aroma from the dry hopping; however, not enough in the flavor. As an Imperial IPA, I’m kind of disappointed in this beer. Compared to others in the style, you would expect big maltiness, hoppiness, or alcohol in the flavor/palate. This one doesn’t seem to have any. Also too dry in the finish. As a regular IPA, it is pretty good.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh man! I’m going to have a huge buzz by the time I finish this… and it’s my first and probably only beer of the day! -
This baby has the richest copper/amber hue, and a thick pillow of cream head…with lacing that leaves spiraled rings as the glass empties. The aroma is surprisingly malty.. Caramel sits below the massively fruity torso. The woodsy / piney / citric hoppyness blends with the attending toffee, caramel, Munich malt, which brings a compote of fruitiness…. It’s Remarkable! Apples, peach, pears, plums, cantaloupe, honeydew, and figs bring large fructose like flavors… I’m totally digging it! The hops never overwhelms and is only to be found in the finish…as the rear taste buds are the last of the senses and catch the dissipating delicacy. The palate is syrupy thick. It’s as heavy as mud… but taste much better!
5 Seasons brewed a monster here… and it’s Valentines Day in my mouth… in a very straight way!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 From cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Poured a hazy copper with no head. Alcohol was the first aroma I picked up followed by a good amount of floral and citrus hops. Some malty caramel and toasty flavors cut in half by piney hops with a long finish. The light cask carbonation gives a nice silky smooth mouthfeel.
Regular version: medium off white head. Not as silky.