bconch (326) - - NOV 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straw colored pour. Nose of citrus witty a tinge of sweetness. Taste is interesting. I canít put a finger on the subtle flavor that you donít see in IPAís. Different and very good at same time.
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a clear golden color with a decent white head. Smells of cat piss, malty sweetness and light alcohol. Taste is like grapefruit, little sweet, and caramel malt. Good carbonation, again canít really tell when this was fresh.
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip glass poured a burnt orange with an enormous ever-lasting white head and active lacing. Aroma filled with grapefruit, floral notes, and hints of honey, and corriander. Taste is big citrus upfront, mainly tangerine and grapefruit, followed by palatable hop bitterness and slight alcohol flavor. Excellent DIPA, but a cleaner, smoother finish would result in perfection.
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 í04 bottle thanks to Odeed. Once itís popped, the hops rush out. Thick, citrussy, resinous, sticky, bitter, juicy hops. Itís like wandering through a pine and grapefruit forest right after the grass was cut. The malt smells sweet behind it, but canít begin to keep up with the hops. Pours a coppery orange with a white head that doesnít 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 Iíd 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 canít wait to have it back to back with Dreadnaught.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours full of carbonation. Creating a huge white head on top of a hazy copper colored beer. This head is slowly dissipating and very creamy. Aroma is chock full of hops! Citrus hops come out the aroma mostly. The aroma is absolutely fantastic. This defines what an IIPA should smell like. Flavor is hops, malts, pine, caramel, and floral hops. The mass amounts of hops are definitely balanced out big time with caramel malts. Very smooth beer. Easy on the palate and very enjoyable. Now to obtain the Winter version!
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good overall IIPA, but a bit on the syrupy/cloying side for me. Just a tad mind you. Better than the imperial red however and not as intense on the body. Ability to integrate a beautiful tapestry of interwoven hop aromas and tastes was masterful. Finsih that sits with you awhile.
Doodler (316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ledgers. Summers here - time to crack one into my Alesmith glass. Pours a cloudy amber with a foamy head and nice lacing. The aroma starts off a malty caramel, but ends dominated by piney / citrus hops. Smooth flavors. Sticky finish. The malts add to the complexity and balances out a bit of the hop bite. Velly nice stuff..
pressboxjoe (316) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. First bottle was delicious - everything I expect in an IIPA but with a very pleasing sweet malt contrast to the bitterness - for whatever reason its yeast qualities reminded me of the best of Rogueís beers. Second bottle was compromised somehow - or my taste buds were off - but this is a delicious beer. Wish both bottles had been as tasty as the first.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2004 This beer was so amazingly perfect. I could drink this wonderfully creamy and delicious brew ever day of my life and never ever get even remotely tired of this wonderful nectar. Sooooooo sooooo soooo smooth and creamy.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
resin, floral, clear, golden, white foam, frothy, very bitter, medium sourness, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish
First beer officially rated, though I have had many the past 2.5 years - this is a great beer from a great brewery - a great bodied and well balanced DIPA with one of the best aromas Iíve come across. Grab it while you can.