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 (2192) - 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 isnít 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 itís way through in this one, but itís 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 (989) - 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 Iíve 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.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Winter 04/05, shared with my brother DYCSoccer17. Hazy copper pour with lots of floating yeast, nice head. Piney hop aroma with some citrus peel. Wonderfully malty and hoppy, a great balance. Sweet start, bittering in the middle (grapefruit) and finishing caramelly sweet again. Perfect mouthfeel, sticky and sweet, yet nicely bitter. I am glad to have had the chance to sample this excellent west coast brew!!
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow! this is a gem of a beer... in the big ipa genre pushing up towards a barley wine...seems like many of these styles are blending together these days. a copper haze in the glass with nice carbonation of tan mushroom head. nose mostly of citrus pine hop tones. the alcohol is not hidden in this beer. you get some warm sweet tones through out the beer. suttle apple, bold flavors of pine citrus, grape fruit and vanilla bounce around your tongue. the balance here is what impressed me the back bone was pushed with large malt flavors that corrugate and stick to your soft palate giving a velvety texture. a full thick beefy beer. easier to drink then you would think from my description. simply delicious.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red-gold with white head. Smells hoppy, tinges of honey, citrus and pine. Medium to thick bodied. Starts off bitter, mellows out but never swetens. Very complex and tasty beer. Thanks to Captain Cougar!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured hazy ruby amber with a big fluffy tan head...smell is pine, soap, citrus, and vanilla...taste is almost all hops and sweetness from alcohol...this is quite good, but I think is overrated due to its stark lack of malt/hop balance...finish is slightly sweet with alcohol...
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wish they made this year round.... altough, I may just have a bottle left. ... correction, I no longer do, Mr. Facto Got it.