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
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Large off-white head that was mostly lasting, good lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, softly carbonated, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was citrusy, sweet, malty, and very hoppy. Taste was malty, sweet and too hoppy for my palate. Medium body. If you are a hophead, go for it!
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangeish red color with a fluffy white head, and a fair amount of lacing. Big hop aroam(pine juice i think) with carmel, malts, and a hint of floral, also alcohol is more evident as it warms up. Piney and floral hops with malt sweetness in the flavor. Lots of bitterness and some sugary notes to even it all out. Clingy, syrupy mouthfeel. Very tasty indeed.
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to squidget. this 22 oz-er poured a beautiful dark amber with a foamy head that simply sat on top of the beer without disappearing. mild aroma as far as IIPAs go, but still very invigorating. citrusy grapefruit and lemon (like an herbal tea?), and yet plenty of malt that asserted itself to make sure that the aroma was not out of balance. absolutely perfect blend of malt and hops; drinking this beer is like a mouth orgasm. despite the fact that where i live is stout-ville and that iíve never met a stout i didnít like, the west coast makes IPAs that are practically to-die-for!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cherry red-orange color, lasting white head, lots of chunks in the glass (yes, I pour it all in). Orange all over the nose, very creamy and smooth on the palate with fresh bitter hops on top of all this. Wonderful.