sbaz040 (39) - phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tastey beer.
Needs to be drank very cold or the alcohol taste is overwelming.
Watch out this stuff will knock you on your ass.
Tough to discribe taste,Kind of flowery with a thick fruity taste.
GoodBrew (1) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a treat this beer is. I look forward to it each year. It has a commanding taste and finishes with arush of tastes. In moments you can feel the love from this great brerw.
mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark golden with a good, retentive head.
Smells like chewy bread dough and pine needle hos. Lots of biscuity yeast, very nice. The scent jumps out at you like an icepick to the forehead.
Tastes very much like it smells, very firm, and with much more pine up front. Big blast of hops like tree sap, getting a bit floral, and then lauching into sweet and sour yeast dough, getting chewy, and then a finish of rich, bitter hops.
An excellent beer.
after4ever (6800) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. I’m absolutely buying everything the brewer claims for this beer: citrus and florals on the nose, and an attack that starts hoppy and grows malty and sweet, even to the point of vanilla. There’s a decent off-white head, dark copper color, body on the high side of medium, and plenty of carb (without being an overabundance). The finish is dry and lingering. After rousing the yeast, it takes on a more pronounced fruitiness and the malt sweetness takes up a new emphasis as well. This is a fantastic IIPA with and without yeast in the glass.
chimney (9) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a nice clear dark amber brown (yes, almost dark copper) with a wonderful, not overly large, rocky/frothy head that was a nice yellow orange. the aroma had a good moderate hoppyness to it with a slight scent of appricot. the flavor started with a very light sweet and bitter flavor and then developed to a slightly acidic and moderate bitter with a very mild grapefruit citrus hint. on the palate it tasted like it should be light, but felt slightly heavier and maltier than expected all while maintaining the refreshingness. over all it’s a very good beer that shouldn’t be seasonal and shouldn’t be as hard to find in my area as it is
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to goldtwins for sending this one my way. hazy deep orange beer topped by a thick off-white head. Ahhh, hops! Gorgeous waves of aroma spill out of my glass. Aroma of pine, mint, oak and vanilla all appear over a beautiful toasty malt backbone. Some subtle chewy/earthy resins underneath. Smells like a walk in the woods. Some rich seasonal spices as well like juniper and ginger. Flavour delivers on the aroma’s promise, tooth coating piny resins are topped by the sweet caramel and biscuity malts. Lingering soft fruit and spice through the finish. Vanilla flavour throughout as well. Agressive, but completely approachable.
decaturstevo (5517) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks cbkschuburt!! Pours a golden orange has a sweet aroma of malt and hops. A flavor with light caramellly tanginess, malt and hops. An excellent all over mouthfeel that gives every tastebud something to do. Damn fine.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells amazing like capn crunch berries, citrus, pine, and very excellent west coast hops. Flavor has some of that berry aspect with lots of citrus and lots of pine and spruce-y hop flavor. Gets a very unique vibe, and not the same old same old IIPA.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very complex beer. The aroma has a strong citrus and sweetness to it and pours a nice copper color with a thick head. You can feel the 8.5% alcohol, but it is not overwhelming. It has a big hop taste with a sweet malty aftertaste, very well balanced. Yule Smith may be a bit overrated and I’m not a big fan of Holiday Ales, but this imperial IPA is pretty damn good.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I smell honey-malt and citrus after I pour the first glass.. It is an amber brown color with a foamy head. the first sip is a mix of hop and malt with a slight alcohol sting. Has sort of a thick, sticky mouthfeel that I didn’t like. Finishes hoppy. It was pretty good, but not a favorite for me.