ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Bottle. Cloudy orange copper color with thin off-white head. Aroma is strong with hops and citrus fruits. Taste is awesomely malty and sweet with a good hop kick. Grapefruit, earthy notes, dry finish. Now THIS is what I expect when I open up an Alesmith bottle.
rauchbier (3775) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned, courtesy of BeerLimey. Copper bronze, good lasting off white head and moderate condition. Enticing spicy raw hop resin and caramel nose with some alcohol apparent, Big sweet peppery mouthfull of caramel, malt and spicy hops. Some traces of toasted bread, smokiness and typical English barley wine notes. Alcoholic finish with the spicy malt notes well balanced by the solid hop bitterness.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good, not quite great. The Commercial Description is accurate. Its best quality is the creamy mouthfeel.
chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright orange color with a sweet tan head and clingy nice glass lacing. The citrusy grapefruit aroma and spicy nose is very evident. More malty spiciness comes through as you breathe the aromas in deeply. The flavor is big hoppy grapefruit with some piney flavors. A slight pleasing sourness develops after the swallow. Very smooth even body.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bomber. We shared this at the 2005 beer exchange and I do believe that Ruination has been beaten for me. This was a tremendous 2IPA with a ridiculous aroma of grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon, pineapple, bitter hops, spice, sweet malt, caramel, and such a mouthfeel as it slides down the throat. I was utterly blown away by the flavors of this fabulous brew. Creamy, silky, explosive, fullbodied, perfectly balanced between hops and malt along with a great spiciness that is almost too good to describe. I loved this beer and I cannot wait to get my hands on more of it. This is so much better than 3 Floyds, I can’t even believe that they are on the same page of 2IPA’s. Nothing that I can say will prepare you for the joy of drinking some of this fine, fine ale. Go get some as soon as you can. Tell them I sent you!
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 this is a great beer...tons of big hops and that californian citrus. the aroma is the tops.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Burning waffles feature prominently in the aroma, with lingering lemon laced pine cones. Rich malty body, well-balanced bitterness, a delectable IPA that could easily pass for a non-imperial version--that is to say, the bitterness is not overdone. Great all around.
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Jeremy for beer #800. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick, lingering head. Very citrusy, hops aroma. Delightful! Chewy. Smooth hops. Wonderful balance. An absolutely amazing IPA. Alcohol is subtle. Could definitely go for a case of this. Thank you again Jeremy. I owe you for this special treat!
Zeswaft (1625) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Bottle. Big spicy and citrucy hop aroma. Strong hop bitterness and a good balance of malt. First few sips had some noticeable alcohol. Perfect infusion of everything. Very awesome.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Summer 2006 Version- Now this is a IIPA. Never noticed vanilla in the aroma of a IIPA, but (as the descriptor says) this one does have a vanilla nose. Grassy, flowery aroma. Biscuity, malty background w/ loads of hops. Finish is dry w/ a mild alcohol spiciness.