StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Aug 20, 2005, Summer 2005 batch, courtesy of Secret Santa (kujo9 - thanks, Mike!)
Clear bright orange in color with a fizzy, cloistered head. Snappy hops aroma with some honey, maple and sugar sprinkled grapefruit. Hotter than the Christmas 2004 batch. Assertive sting at first touch with all the previously identified flavor and palate traits.
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter Edition, Bottled. Incredible! Signifigantly hoppy but not overpoweringly so, with an excellent balance of malt. Just got the Summer edition in at my store and may have to try side by side, as I understand they aren’t quite the same. That will also give me an excuse to drink two wonderful beers. (Do I really need an excuse?)
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours a light orange color with a frothy white head and some floaties. Big floral nose with orange and pine notes. Flavor is slightly malty with some more pine notes and grassiness.
Tmoney99 (11905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 22 oz. Dark amber color wiyh a medium head that diminished slowly. Good hoppy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with complex dry texture. Full flavor of malt, citrus and a long hoppy alcohol finish. Another AleSmith masterpiece.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Poured golden with a thick white head. Great appearance. A bit darker then the IPA if I remember right. Smell had citrus, graitfruit, vanilla, butterscotch and caramel. There was a lot of pine in it too. Taste was very hoppy yet smooth with graitfruit, citrus and caramel dominating it. Very good but I would also the Three Floyds is slightly better. Amazing stuff though.
Re-rate- Much better the second time. I especially liked the orange at the end. Overall an excellent Double IPA that ranks up with the best of them.
Re-rate- 2006 bottle. Cloudy copper body with a thick off white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy at the same time with hints of graitfruit, citrus, caramel, currant, orange, and butterscotch. Taste is so ultra with a good malts and hops balance. There is actually hints of butterscotch in this beer. Very citrusy as well. I would have to try this against the Dreadnaught to get the official winner. Very close. Palate is perfection with a unique sweetness. Just a magnificant beer all around. Bravo!! 9/5/9/5/18 10/8/06
sirphobos (32) - 29 Palms, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
one thing you should take into consideration if you drink this do it last because if you drink it first it will ruin everything after it. other than that exelent IPA one of the best ive ever had not the best but up there lots of hops lots of alcohol
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A big beer. Very hoppy and lots of alcohol and some spices sucha s nutmeg and cinammon in there. Maybe I’m not such a big fan of double IPA’s or more likely they are as a group overrated by the hopheads. Well malted to take the edge of the bitterness.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 22 oz bottle. Poured amber/orange in color with thick off white fluffy head. Lots of lacing. Floral and citrus hop aroma with earthy malt in the background. Tastes of piney and citrus hops with a good malt backbone. Spicy, bitter finish. Very well balanced for an IIPA.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Multiple tastings, finally entering notes from a fresh bottle tasting. Amber pour. Big citrus and florally hop aroma, with some malt aroma to back it up. Big hoppy flavors with a big sweet caramel malty backbone. Good balance and appropriate body. From notes on an aged bottle: a lot less hoppy aroma, as to be expected. Drink this as fresh as possible, and store cold.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 summer edition on cask @ O’Briens... damn near one of the best beers i have ever had! Smooth like butter on the palate with hints of carmel and a very slight spicyness in the aftertaste. I still can’t believe how good this beer is, both in the bottle and on cask!