pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Summer ’05....Poured a beautiful copper/amber color with a fluffy white creamy head. The arooma was floral hoppy. The taste is very well balanced for such a huge IPA, predominantly there is of course the taste of hops, but it is very well balanced by a malty flavor. The hops have a citrus/pine taste. An awesome beer from a brewery I wish I lived closer to.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this was an awesome beer. light amber color, thick shaving cream head with good retention and thick lacing. the aroma had some pinapple citrus and alcohol. flavor-- lots of hops, slightly piney and more citrus, very well balanced
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Pours oily copper with tiny head. A blast of hops, pine, and grapefruit hits you in the face. Resiny hops up front that move into the citrus flavors and malty sweetness. Lingering mouthfeel and hop bite. Excellent IIPA.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 Clear, deep red color with big fluffy off white head. Aroma is barley-wine like, lots of caramel malts, notes of vanilla and oak, with just a hint of american hops. Flavor is Malty, slightly sweet, balanced by a fair amount of bitterness, with a bit of spiceyness. I’ve had this in my "cellar" for a while, and I think that the hops in the aroma and flavor have mellowed a bit, allowing the malt profile to dominate, giving something more barley-wine like than IPA.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2005 Aroma of sweet grapefruit. Body had a dark copper color with a lasting big off whith creamy head. Loads of lacing. Flavor had that hop bite and sweet grapefruit. Left a somewhat dry aftertaste after each drink on the palate. Quite a refreshing beer.
fordest (1963) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours golden orange with a sudsy head that lasted the whole glass. Left wonderful lacing that was present until I rinsed it out. Aromas of citrusy hops of course along with some pine and coastal sage and then some vanilla. Flavors of hops and more hops. Delicious. Now I know what an IPA is supposed to taste like.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours deep, slightly cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma is chock full of hops: citrussy, piney and resinous with some earthiness too. Surprisingly for this hop monster, there is an excellent malt aroma in the nose: sweet caramel and bread. Flavor is big on the hops (resinous pine and grassy earth) with plenty of bitterness to back up the minimally apparent alcohol and sweet, bready malt backbone. Some floral and citrussy fruit esters come through was well. Finishes fairly dry and bitter with a mild alcohol warmth. Body is quite full and slightly sticky and smooth. Excellent DIPA.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Christmas ’04 bottle thanks to Odeed. Once it’s popped, the hops rush out. Thick, citrussy, resinous, sticky, bitter, juicy hops. It’s like wandering through a pine and grapefruit forest right after the grass was cut. The malt smells sweet behind it, but can’t begin to keep up with the hops. Pours a coppery orange with a white head that doesn’t care to stick around too long, but does give a lot of nice lacing as it goes down. Mouthfeel is full, but not as oily and syrupy as I’d expected with the alcohol up where it is. Flavor is initially puckeringly bitter with hops -- grapefruit, grass, pine, spice, and dirt from a beautiful American hop profile. The malt behind it is sweet amber malt with some caramel in the background. Wonderfully complex beer. I can’t wait to have it back to back with Dreadnaught.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle summer 05. this is definately a hop monster. aroma is piney, citrus, and very inviting. dark hazy orange. easily drinkable though alcohol comes more apparent as it warms. highly reccommended.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Summer ’05. Nose is very similar to 90 minute. I catch chocolate, pine, guava, and mango in the nose. Awesome stuff. Color is a deep, cloudy amber with a lasting thin off-yellow head. Mouthfeel is very full with the taste of crushing bitterness. Mangos come out, along with oranges and pine needles. The taste is a little overly-understated, could use a bit more malt to bring it up to par. Still, an awesome experience.