eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Up to this point its the best beer I’ve had. My third Alesmith and the first one that had me fully convinced. A great ale from a great brewery.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of gears81. Thanks, Jake! Pours a clear, orangish-red appearance; off-white head with good retention. Aroma shows a mix of citrus and piney hops, dank and sweet, with a chewy malt backdrop (showing maple syrup and caramel). Slightly dry, red-ale character comes through in the mouthfeel: lively carbonation, plenty of chewy hops (pine character, esp.), with a dry, warming maltiness keeping things balanced. Lengthy finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Reddish copper in color with a rocky off white head. Aroma, earthy, pine and citrus, with some caramel to back it up. Flavor, caramel, and toasted malts up front, followed by a nice bitter kick to finish. Really tasty stuff.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Just too friggin bitter, if you ask me. I have only had the cask version served at Callahan’s. Lots of hop flavor, lots of perceived bitterness from hop flavor. Solid malt backbone to back it up, but Imperial anything is not usually my thing. Too much of a good thing?
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft@ Stuffed Sandwich: Clear reddish amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Big hop forward aroma of ruby red grapefruit flesh. The aroma was a mix of sweet and citrus. Sweet malt lead the flavor followed by large notes of sweet grapefruit juice and citrus grapefruit component. Grapefruit rind and pith on the finish making up the bitterness. Big hoppy burps followed. The hops and sweet malt while both strong balanced each other nicely. Medium to full bodied.
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice ale here -- full hop taste, yet without any tinny over-zestful aftertaste. Aroma is simple hops with not too much else. Alcohol is not evident.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Clear ruby in color with small lacing type head. Really pretty color,mesmerizing. Aroma of sweet malts and piny hops. The taste was out of this word, sweet yet hoppy and fresh. Big and malty, reminds me of D Bastard only smoother and better. As it warms it develops an alcoholic edge in the finish. Excellent beer.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Nice thick head on this brewski. Definitely a good DIPA. Hints of all the good fruit flavors, but not necesarily a fruity tasting beer. Big Hops with a little sizzle on the tongue as it goes down.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally rated 1 Jan 06. Moved over to the Winter due to the separation.
Bottle. Poured a gorgeous reddish amber with a small off-white head. Huge IPA aroma, pine and grapefruit. Great hop flavor with some caramel and butterscotch in the background. Medium body and dry texture. Simply wonderful and hard to put the glass down to write some notes! This topped off the end to a great holiday season for me and my #200. Thanks to my brother (Vac) and zug4abby for sending me this one for Christmas!!
marcus (7083) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reddish/orange ale poured with no head, just a few bubbles, eliciting a flowery aroma. The malt is overwhelmed by the hop flavors. However, that does not detract from the overall flavor, which is crisp, bitter and spicy.