FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Heavily red-shifted orange color with a massive rocky white head. Heavy resinous pine and candied citrus hop aromatics. Caramel, bread dough malt flavors up front give way to a ruddy vegetal and piney hop character. Residual volatile oil evergreen flavor in the finish, with a sturdy semblance of sweet maltiness underneath. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy medium, on the verge of chewiness but never quite there, somewhat drying in the finish.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice copper color with a nice white head.Huge malt and hop aroma blast! Tatse of piney citrus hops with a wonderful malt backing that ends a great bitter finish.Wonderful stuff!!(Thanks to Brewblackhole for this one!)
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper color with thin white head. Aroma seems light and piney right out of the frig. Flavor, wow, what Iíd guess a Holiday IIPA would taste like. Solid pine hop bitterness and flavor. Thereís also a fir tree quality that adds a greener dimension to the hops. Maybe itís a huge dose of late addition hops to the boil. There is the slightest malt sweetness behind this big hop beer. Chewy and yummy.
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Pours a dark amber with a nice, foamy head. Huge malt, citrus and hops aroma and flavor. More carbonated than similar beers. Very bitter finish with some sweetness as well. Very well done.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber brown with good sized head. Strongest flavor is Hops! Some citrus flavors in the aroma and flavor. Smooth well balanced flavor. Excellent IPA-type beer.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first ASA since switching it to my style. They call it an imperial red, but Iím not sure what distinguishes it from an IPA/DIPA. Big citrus and pine hop flavors, with a good malt backbone that balances the bite with some sweet flavors. Immensely drinkable; it disappeared from the glass heartbreakingly fast. The 9.5% is completely hidden. Great stuff.
Beerdedone (2567) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, from his Boston trip.Pours amber with a big beige head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and fruit. The flavor is fruit, sweet, smooth, bitter, and citrus. Great beer.
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Deep amber with a puffy whitish head; blankets of lace. Right from the pour rum banana wafts up. Spicy toffee closer. After 9 months this has aged beautifully. Warm and inviting. Grapefruit sorbet then roasted citrus with a drizzle of sage honey. Dries with chewed green grass. As elegant as it is extreme.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004, 22oz bottle. Beautiful amber-mahogany pour with solid carbonation and a nice looking head. Heavy caramel and nougat aroma predominate. Big malty sweetness. The taste is powerful! Potent sweet caramel with heavy pine and citrus running all through it. Wow! The mouth feel starts out creamy and finishes dry. I thought the carbonation could have been a bit less. This is a real kick in the mouth. Iíll drink it any time. Perhaps a younger sample will also be worth rating! Good thing Christmas is not far away!
csbosox (1217) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to KenB for this one. I really wanted another IIPA tonight, so I decided to open this one up. 22oz bottle served in a NB worthy glass straight from the beer fridge which is probably 40-45į. Light orange color with a small head. Plenty of haze, looks like a dry-hop haze to me. Aroma is honey, citrus, resiny hops as well as pine and some alcohol. Smells pretty damn good to me. The initial taste is orange blossom honey, tagerine and vanilla. The middle is piney, resinish hops with plenty of citrus in the background. This is very good and isnít really all that balanced for an IIPA, I have had the regular Yulesmith and I donít remember it being way out of balance, but if this has lots more malt, the regular version would have to be. This has got the rough, abrasive hops bitterness to go along with the huge orange/citrus taste and piney finish. This is an IIPA, ASA is just BS. It is not as malty as other IIPAís I have had (Free State C3IPA) but possibly moreso than other SoCal IIPAís. Maybe the SoCal brewers need to haev their own categories...Mouthreel is very full. This is a tasty IIPA.