Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clearish straw yellow, huge fluffy sticky, rocky head leaves an impression on the glass and is truly spectacular. Fluffy nose, yeasty and minty, highly aromatic and spicy hops. Baby powder feel through the most original ingredient blending, sweet, resinous and cedary, which is an element I truly dig in IPAs. Very perfumey. The taste is not quite as impressive. We’re facing chewy hops that are well-flavored and still cedary/flowery, but more dominant, sappy and like an hopstick rather than a poem. Medium-full bodied, soft to moderate expanding carbonation. Possibly my favorite I2PA. Props to cquiroga once again!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Very appealing aroma of cedar and grapefruit. Very good flavor of grapefruit, sap and yeast. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture. Excellent !
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lump of wood still oozes some perfumy sap. Grapefruit orchards scent the air, as does Grandpa’s secret flask.
Well-attenuated, the grapefruit and dry hop bitterness aren’t much more dangerous than their Pure Hoppiness. Pillow-y smoothness, fragile and very drinkable body, dry in the end for better quaffing. That wood is beautifully essential, yet not exponential.
A painted forest still inspires over the mantle.
OldGrowth (2649) - North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from trade with TAR. 12 oz. Good nose Pine, caramel orangy. Clean brownish orange colorSmall hear that faded quicklyBitter sweet flavors. A great mix of Pine & grapefruit. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, Bitter finish, Thats a great brew. Thanks TAR.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge Kudos to cquiroga for this.Pure and simple,this is the reality of the situation: I am hovering over this glass and all I can think is that I am in a Florida citrus grove.That DFH Baton brew is so far below this it is insane.Strong grapefruit.I am in love.The oak,and is very subtle,adds just enough to take a little bitterness off this.Heaven.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was way better than the Pure Hoppiness even, and I really liked it. On tap at Liar’s. Definite taste of a dry hopped brew, nice citrus flavors compliment the pine, oak and strong hoppy flavors. And I thought I would be able to taste the alcohol more, but I was surprised that there was no burn... bitter finish.
egajdzis (5305) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a hazy, deep copper color with a small, thin, off white head that left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, tangerine, apricots, floral and grassy hops, really nice. Well balanced taste, loads of piney and citrusy hops, nice bitterness, sweet chewy malts. Damn, I really liked this, thanks cquiroga!!
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Liar’s Club in San Diego. Very aromatic hoppy pine-citrus aroma. A delight to sniff. Transparent copper/honey color with frothy white head and nice lacing. Very easy-drinking. Smooth with just enough piney hoppiness to finish. Well-made, with a nice body. Extremely drinkable!
TAR (2468) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Clear coppery orange. Thin but condensed white head yields webby lace. Salted tangerine rind aroma with touches of resin, lemon oil, and pinewood. Thick with soft carbonation. Tad fuzzy. Instantly sharply alcoholic and brashly hoppy, yet equally-soft hop nuanced. Hops continue with their explosive medley of soft citrus and pine-tinged flavors. Full-blown hop bitterness lacerates the palate, but the tangerine-accented hop softness restores a sense of balance. Slight presence of salty tannins lends more sharpness to the otherwise-juicy body. Absent balance of malt is instead replaced by brilliantly-extracted hop flavors, which act as support to the brash bitterness. Ends with a breath of salty dryness, otherwise awash with a fully rich display of juicy, tongue-clinging hop oils, pinewood, and bright hop burps. Alluring albeit fairly depthless aroma, and sugary sweet toward the end, but the array of softness is more amazing each time around. Thx, cquiroga.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Side-by-side with the PP Lou P. Lin. Both hand-bottled treats from JDR (1K thanks mon frere). Meaty palate, a bit undercarbonated. Clean, grapfruity aroma, other unidentifiable tropical fruits too. Massively bitter and less sweet than some other IIPAs. Lacks finesse and less than the sum of the parts.