pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden pour with super-dense creamy white head, distinct tiered lacing, very aggressive hoppy and fruity aroma, sweet and smooth with a powerful, but tactfully bitter hop finish, great brew
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
# 100 rating !!! Bottle. Hazy amber pour, nice off white head. Aroma is hops and more hops, also grapefruit. Flavor is semi-sweet, lots of hops, lots of grapefrui and pine. Finish is bitter and dry. A well made DIPA.
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 canít even believe that they are on the same page of 2IPAís. 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!
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly hazy gold with white head. Aroma is very rich floral and citrus, smells awesome. Rich caramel malt body, lots of spiciness. Lots of floral and citrus hops, grapefruit and orange and all sorts of fruitiness. Pretty great IIPA.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amber with fizzy white head. Aromas of pine and citrus fruit. Flavors of hops and citrus. Alcohol is hidden well and this one finishes smooth. Good solid beer.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nowhere near the hop-bomb that I expected, this was a surprisingly well-balanced DIPA with great malty, fruity sweetness that made for just a superb drink.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 2/17/07. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 8/20/06. Rated blind. Vintage 2006, I do believe. Extremely dark brown-purple in color like a dark grape or fig skin, pouring with a lumpy head of uneven, pea-sized light tan suds. Deep orange-copper in color when held up to light. Head fades rather quickly to a lumpy film. Lacing is very sticky but sadly lean (after the head fades), although sub-surface ďreverse lacingĒ is exquisite. Aroma starts out fairly bold and promising, with some orange zest and sweet notes of dark caramel, brown sugar, and some hints of dark taffy and lighter caramel-like fudge; lots of fruitiness but on the darker dried fruit end, with a bright date-like character. A touch of sweat-soaked-leathery tanginess that isnít quite as off-putting as it sounds because itís so slight. Aroma fades quite a bit as it opens up, starting out with that lovely aged barley wine profile, ending up fairly nondescript with only a bare bones lightly-sweetened spiced toast presence. Flavor is decidedly drier and more subdued, really relying on straight toasty and caramel malts with only the softest brown sugar suggestions. Seems more like a solid-but-unspectacular amber or red ale, underhopped and drinkable but fairly uninteresting. Itís subtle and thankfully not sugar-saturated like the aroma might have suggested at first, but thereís not really that much of note. Hop citrus and bitterness have disappeared. Sort of a funny ďfootĒ character that I remember somewhat similarly from Oggiís Tricentennial Barley Wine, but it was much more extreme (and interesting) in that beeróI think itís an odd effect of oxidation. Again, not as bad as it sounds, but not terribly exciting either. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a gently tingling carbonation and slight scratchiness from an earthy, soggy hop presence. Not really any bitterness, but thereís a definite fuzzy textural component that I think came from the hops, and becomes more directly textural with the oxidation. This aspect of the finish actually lingers around quite awhile, but itís not much to get excited about. A bit watery, especially in the finish. Flabby and really just pretty boring. No alcohol presence whatsoever, which is good. But thereís very little else thatís very good. I was actually pretty optimistic on my first whiff, but everything fell apart so quickly. It gets less and less interesting as I work through the bottle, almost like itís not even there towards the end. I didnít even bother to finish the whole bomber, and I barely even noticed. After the reveal: Wow. No idea. Not 100% sure of this vintage, but 90% sure. Not good. (7/4/6/3/12 - 3.2)
9/18/06. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 8/20/06. Pours a stately, lightly hazy bright orange with a fluffy, sudsy and well-retained tan-cream head. Lacing drifts in slow, tightly-woven sheets, leaving sticky, irregular, residual patches. Aroma drifts forth with an orange zest zippiness and an inviting piney, floral softness, something I fear that has already faded even at this young age. There are also traces of raw alcohol that hide just beneath a zesty citrus zip. Too much alcohol presence even in the aroma, but a little more brightness and a little less alcohol, and this could be magical. Flavor is lacking a bit even from there, with an immediate oxidized malt and nondescript, slightly abrasive hop character. As a bit of excited fun, there are pockets of sharp hop oils popping against the sides of the mouth, but the flavoring and dry hops are sort of lacking compared to what Iíve come to know from my SoCal Imperial IPAs. The malt is papery and bland, not quite even an adequate blank slate for the hops to dance their colorful masquerade (or in this case, their clumsy shuffle). Sticky on the lips with a medium-full body. Mostly compact carbonation, but the texture feels a little off because of the scratchy hop prickle. Grassy, itchy, dry finish, with a straw-like bitterness that lasts long but lacks the hop juiciness that I want. The finish is easily the weakest part of the beer, provoking sip after sip to cover its harshness; it begs you to drink this beast faster than the high octane would normally prescribe. Still a solid brew, if heavily flawed, but not close to the lovely hop treat we get each Christmas. (7/5/7/3/13 - 3.5)
Final rating reflects some kind of an average for the two ratings.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. thanks to jgd0608. Poured a very cloudy golden color with a 2 finger frothy head. Aroma of Bittering and aroma hops almost smells like centinal hops. Taste is sweet at first like cotton candy then finish nicely with a very hoppy bite at the end. Very good beer.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle & Tap, Copper color with white lasting head with some bubbles. Aroma is typical Alesmith with lots of fruitiness, Sharp citric notes and a hint of melon and fresh strawberries. You can actually *taste* the fumes coming from the glass. Amazing! Caramelly and dry flavor with pleasant supporting bitterness and a long bitter finish with some warming alcohol. Very, very enjoyable beer.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2012 650 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and lacing. The aroma is big grapefruit, light pine, light sugar cookie, and a bit of caramel . The taste is sweet caramel, grapefruit, light pine, and a bit of sugar cookie. The finish has a decent bitterness with some lingering pine. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite good. Not as good as the regular IPA, but still pretty tasty.