MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz - Summer 2006 - thanks clarkVV - Aroma of sweet carmel, floral and citrus hops tingle the nose. Pours hazy orange with nice creamy medium head and great lacing. Flavor is where this brew really shines. The floral hops are the first to bite, then a sweet maltiness coats the tounge before the citrus hops clean up. Palate is tart, creamy and smooth at the same time. I think the winter is my favorite, but this is a very close second. I love these beers!!
FlacoAlto (4091) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Summer 2005 release, Sampled July 26th, 2005
This beer is brilliantly clear and pours a full reddish copper color and is topped by a frothy, light tan head. The aroma is full and hoppy with notes of fresh cut herbs, pine, grapefruit, and bergamot. The beer is sweet up front with a hint of cinnamon mixed in with the abundant hop notes. There is also a good maltiness to this beer, which really helps to hold the hops in check and provide some sort of balance. The hops are sharp and biting from finish to end. As the beer leaves my mouth a slow spicy sharp astringency begins to build for a good half minute span. This beer is still just damn good, so well balanced between the aggressive over the top hoppiness and a solid maltiness, which while definitely playing second fiddle, is still present enough to contribute and tame some of the hop notes.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have had this great beer numerous times, but having Tom put it on tap at O’brien’s cause he knew we were going to be partying there for my birthday last night was great. This brew is pours with a deep copper body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a huge kick of citrusy, floral and slightly piney hop notes. What a great beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber color, minimal head. Big hop profile on the aroma, some citrus. The hops hit you right away as you drink this one, and linger for a while. Some sweet notes come through as well. Great flowering bitter finish.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aroma, nice light copper. Strong crisp hops, but not overpoweringl. Very good, strong IPA.
desurfer (1268) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally! Cloudy amber body with a sizeable tan head. Aroma of peppery hops with a significant sweetness. Flavor is a hops explosion, with an initial assault of floral and citrus notes followed by a sticky sweetness. It really lingers on the tongue, with a syrupy sweet finish. Nice DIPA.
Ratman197 (12126) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear copper orange with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, light citrus and pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, some vanilla, earthy, orange, a hint of grapefruit and some light pine notes with a lingering moderately bitter finish. Avery tasty and well balanced DIPA.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a unclear dark golden, with a white head. Aroma is very hoppy, with some sweet malts present. Taste is bitter, flowery, citrus, sweet malts. Nice one
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Spilt this bottle (Blue and Red label) with Duane. This is an amazing IIPA! A perfect blend of citrusy, hoppy bitterness and sweet malts. Velvety medium mouthfeel coats your entire tongue and also lingers of the back of your palate. I couldn’t think of any way they might have done better with this one, so I had to give it a 5. I’d really like to try the Winter release to see if it’s any different, as well as revisit Dreadnaught to see which beer is truly the best of the IIPAs.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stating the obvious...but Alesmith did it again with this brew! For Double IPAs this is a close second to the dreadnaught. Awesome citrus and floral aromas, and the taste has has an excellent balance for such an agressive Double IPA. the taste is also riddled with piney resiny hops that are just wonderful. Very good beer, and another fine example of what Alesmith is capable of.