csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Part of my 9 beer IIPA tasting. 51.1°. Red color with orange tints and a smallish, off-white head. Lots of tears and foam "dots" as the head receeds. Hoppy aroma; piney and herbal. Flavor is hoppy with a mild malt backing. Hops are herbal and piney. Full mouthfeel. This and the Goose Island IIPA were my favorites of the night (and we had 6 of the top 7 IIPA+ #’s 11 & 13)
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange in colour, huge off-white head. Aroma is citrus fruit and hoppy. Has a strong hop presence, with the required maltiness to offset it. Rich, thick mouthfeel compared to other iipa’s. Excellent. A special thanks to Wohlfs for this beauty.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber colour, off white head. big hoppy aroma with grapefruit, citrus fruit cocktail and wood. big bodied palate. flavour is super hoppy but very balanced with sweet toffee and orange flavours. best iipa I’ve had
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours very nice deep amber color with 3 fingers of head that fall to 2 fingers. The nose is just wow. The hops are so bright and full. Pine and citrus and a hint of underlying caramel sweetness. The flavor is more subdued that the nose would tell you. Wow. I really like it. There is a really deep caramel sweetness overlayed heavily with a fine balance between the pine and citrus. Very nice. The feel is just as thick as would be expected. Drinkability is also grand for a beer of this size and magnitude. Wow. I think I am in love. Great great beer.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The biggest prize from my trip to California. Pours a hazy orange colour. I had a bit of a cold, but I could still smell a a lot of citrusy hops in the nose. Very well balanced for an IIPA. Fantastic taste of grapefruit followed by pine, then mellowing out as I can taste the malt backbone. Well crafted beer.
ERickey (9) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great tasting beer. Quite hoppy and malty in taste. It was slightly bitter, but in an enjoyable way. The dark red colour is quite appropriate to the season/name of the beer. A very good beer overall, similar in taste to Arrogant Bastard.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice imperial IPA wonderful malt and hops balance good complexity with a very appetizing bitterness. Vanilla and cream hints on the palate with wonder floral hop overtones.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this beer. Citrusy and malty and hoppy - all integrated aromas and flavours that linger with a great balanced bitterness. Not nearly as uncalled for as some of the Imperial IPAs being foisted on us - this was a truly wonderful beer.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 (Bottle)Pours reddish brown(chestnut brown) with medium white head. Very hoppy in flavor. Semi roasty aroma with hints of toffee. I really enjoyed how well this beer is balanced. You get the bitterness of an ipa but right away it evens out with a more mellow flavor. Finish is more towards the bitter side. This is by far my favorite IPA.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 poured a hazy orange with a off white head and some decent lacing. aroma hoppy, pine, citrus, lemon , grapefruit, caramel, malts, grapes, pear, bread. flavor, brown sugar, hops, floral, caramel, citrus, a nice bitterness and dryness