Ratman197 (12668) - 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 couldnít think of any way they might have done better with this one, so I had to give it a 5. Iíd really like to try the Winter release to see if itís 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.
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Had the summer release (blue and red bottle) I feel the need to state the obvious but alesmith nailed this one. This is a superb IPA that I nearly put in the same category as Dreadnaught. Smells strongly of Pineapple, begging to be drank, hell, chugged until only that sweet smell remains. Great IPA balance of hops, citrus a few floral notes and a slight malty sweetness to pull it all together. Thereís a slight alcohol imbalance that could mellow this beer into a 5.0 with age. Its like adult candy, worthy of all your allowance. Great beer.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Naven! Wow. I donít think Iíve ever had a smoother DIPA. Great hoppy flavor with fruit coming through nicely. Warm finish with plenty of alcohol coming through. Really good brew that I will be hunting down now.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, purchased at Bev Mo in Mission Valley, San Diego CA. Drank at home on 8/13/06. This is the summer release in the blue and red bottle. Honestly I think this is a different recipe then the winter. Pours cloudy amber. Amazingly strong hoppy smell. It has a complex lingering bitter hoppy taste. It is also sweet. Although I love Alesmith, this brew has to come second in my book for Imperial IPAís when compared to Dogfish 90. If you can find it grab it. Keep up the good work your brilliant beer makers.
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Bottled. I think this is a summer release of the Holiday Ale. Itís huge and very complex. There is so much flavor and huge hop that itís like a tap dance explosion on my tongue! Thick creamy head, hugely bitter and certainly not for the whimpy lite sissy yellow beer drinker. This one is for serious beer pros only.
Re-rated from 4.1 to 4.6. This is a 2010 batch, its amazing. Clean, huge, floral, hoppy, smooth, all around delicious. Best beer available to me now unless I find fresh Pliny.
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 On tap at AleSmith and out of the bottle. What can I say, I really liked this beer. Lots of fruit, and very smooth. Hops are noticeable and tasty, but not overwhelming. One of the best IIPAís Iíve had. Iím glad Iíve got half a dozen of these at home.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. murky golden color. big head. fuity hops in aroma and taste. very creamy. bit sweet. good.