fordest (1964) - 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.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bomber: Pours an orange/ruby color with a tan retaining head, spiraling lace . Big aromas, piney and citrus hops on top of sweet malt background. At first all I could taste were massive bting hops, spicy/dry with light fruit, a few more sips revealed a far more balance flavor, with caramel malt, but not overly sweet at all. Finishes hoppy all the way, syrupy grapefruit.
mds (2201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. this is also leftover from my xmas trip. Incredible. copper body, reddish tinge. Big fluffy off-white head, sheets of lace. Aroma isn’t as pronounced hop-wise as the Ruination tasted right before this, as there is more maltiness apparent. Pine and flower notes. Creamy body. This IIPA has spectacular balance, just enough maltiness to even the loads of piney sticky hops. A little bit more alcohol peaks it’s way through in this one, but it’s very pleasant. long lingering finish. Very impressed with this brewery.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
orangish with some brown, slightly cloudy with white lace. Aroma: amarillo ? hops, piney. Bit o vanilla. Thanks Lou18.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly hazy deep orange amber. Tall frothy white head. Spicy and floral hop aromas with evident malty sweetness as well. Some malt sweetness in the nose, followed by pungent spicy hop character. Big bitterness that bleeds into a cloying astringency. Finish is a malty heaviness with residual floral hop tones. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, rather sticky.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Beautiful bright coppery amber-orange color with a dense, fine, creamy, light tan colored head. Hop-driven aroma of grapefruit. General citrus top notes with earthy and spicy undertones mixed with some malt and alcohol. Citrus and resinous hop flavors--orange peel--with deep, strong, profound hop bitterness--one of the most bitter beers I’ve had. Malt flavors are present, but only just enough to provide the perfect balance to the body--not heavy or sweet yet strong enough to support the dense bitterness. Well integrated alcohol rounds out the amazingly packed flavor profile that delicately unwinds through a long finish.