undsioux7 (827) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Pours copper/red with a big off white head. Aroma of big sweet malt and spicy hops. Hits you up side the head out the gate with the sweet candy malt and finishes you off with some citris hops. There is some spice, floral, grapefruit and alchohal thrown in the mix as well. This one confused my weak little pallete and left me on the side of the road like a diry hooker.
unclemattie (4320) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz. bottle bright red color, thin tan head. aroma of nuthin but hops, west coast style. super sweet malt, citrus hop flavors. very strong. finishes like a bitter malty port, sweet. medium-heavy bodied. aromas with matching flavors of cherries, pineapple, caramel, vanilla
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a difference aging makes. The first bottle I tried was aged about a year, and I thought it was one of my most favorite beers. Today I am trying a young version. It pours with a huge head. Moderate strong floral hoppy smell. Nice tea color. Slightly bitter and thick. I am disappointed with my total score of 3.7, but aged it was more around a 4.3.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours with an orange to copper color with a nice head. Aromas of fruit and psices, flavors of maltiness and toffee, combined with floral hops, spices and some orange peel. Very complex and smooth. Just enough alcohol hotness to warm you up. Excellent
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy deep red, with a thick lacy off white head. Very nice looking. Smells of sweet malts, cinnamon, hops, and caramel. Very intriguing. Taste is very complex, pretty nice grapefruit hops taste, but mixed with some brown sugar and caramel. Some sweet malts balance out the flavor. I love the mixture to this beer. Its not overpowering in any form. The 9.5% is hidden just enough, but reveals itself towards the finish. A treat for sure.
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to notalush, Brandon you just opened up my eyes. I never thought or had an IIPA that is so malty. So when I smell it first, it is not the hops that intrigue me but the sweet brown sugar filled caramel malt aroma. Its strong and equally balanced with the great hearty hops which are like sourish and really citrus-y tangerines. The taste is similarly great where the malt sweetness really counterbalances the hop bitterness. Its pretty hefty to boot with a good heavy body thats also offset by an above average carbonation. Magnofic.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. deep red and semitranslucent. half inch thick brown head. i actually got a lot of apple cinnamon in the aroma. some tropical fruits hops too, but quite a bit of spice. tremendous body and flavor. i actually do detect a fair amount of alcohol, but the flavor is pretty balanced. syrupy finish.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoyed a bottle of this wonderful sweet hop nectar the other day for my 23rd birthday. The bottle is from the 2005 winter release. This beer is phenomenal!! It is much thicker and stickier than the summer version of this beer. It is very apparent that it is an imperial red as compared to the west coast double ipa that is the summer edition of this beer. Lots of great sweet malts shine through on this beer with some great piney resiney hops still making their presence known a year later down the road. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, and this beer is very enjoyable. Another great beer brought to us by Alesmith!!! They rarely disappoint.
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to notalush for this treat. Deep red colour with a huge sticky off-white head. Massive hoppy aroma, pine, dank wet leaves along with some other fruity notes (orange, mango, and grapefruit) over a sweet cookie dough, toast and caramel backbone. Very juicy and fruity tasting, but there is more than enough sweet maltiness to make this a well-balanced, full-bodied sweetish DIPA. The flavour is hoppy and fruity with sticky resins and chewy caramel/toasted malts. As it warms the resin/pine notes are amplified. Great brew.
decaturstevo (5340) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Knoxville tasting courtesy of Shigadeyo, thanks Craig. An almost borwn pour with a light tan head and excellent lacing. A clen aroma of grapefruity hops. Swet malty flavor with hops and apples and an all over bitter that is an excellent example of hop bitter. A slight carbonation thing kept this from being a 5 on the palate. And excellent palate. flavor, mouthfeel overall excellent. Thanks Craig for the opportunity to try this beer.