rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Liars Club. (the last of day 1) Flavor has this beautiful bubblegum/malt thing going on. Reminds me of Dreadnaught. Fruit, somewhat medicinal. A bit too much alcohol. Pine, orange/citrus. strange nose - almost fishy. I guess that is a result of the oak? With a better aroma this beer would have blown me away.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was full oranges and flowers w/ pine. The beer poured a golden orange color w/ yellow highlights; very slight head and slight lacing. The flavor was full of oranges, flowers w/ slight pine and honey. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was had on tap at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival 2004. This beer pours a light yellow to medium yellow color with a thin white head which led to an overall good to moderate lacing. Obviously I was expecting a heavy piney aroma and that is what I got with an added citrusness. The flavor led into a heavy piney, grassy, and nectary bit with a light slightly bitter finish. There was very little if any alcohol presence in this beer yet a very high level of carbonation. Pretty much medium to light bodied double IPA (strange?) that is strongly one-sided in its hopocity...but i mean honestly what else was I expecting? Light pine and citrus finish, slightly sweet but predominantly bitter.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest. Poured a medium golden color with a small white head. Aromas and tastes of pines and light citrus mixed in. Sweet with a nice bitter balance. Alcohol content well hidden.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask (At the liars club I think):
Aroma of fresh sticky piney/citrusy hops. Flavor is of intense hops with a very big very sweet malt backing. The hops where huge but what made the beer a great beer is that the malt was able to shine through also.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m sitting in O’Brien’s (San Diego) and the bartender just put my beer in front of me not but 10 seconds ago. Through the smell of the beer in the trough, the dried stuff on the bar, the kitchen, the leather of my driving gloves, and the old cotton of my Jonny Cash t-shirt, I can smell caramel and big piney hops from the glass two feet in front of me. In the time it took me to write that the head has collapsed into a white veil with a couple of white fringed fish eyes on an amber body.
The nose, upon closer inspection, is fecund (there’s a snotty word for you) with pine, caramel chews, juniper, and fresh hop funk. As you can guess hops dominate the pallet in this one but with enough of that caramel maltieness from the nose to round it out and give the beer a big smooth thick mouthfeel.
I was expecting a brash hop-flavored kick in the teeth but the bitterness is like silk leaving plenty of pine forest and hop flowers on the tongue. It gets more of that funky quality as it warms as well as a touch of snow. The bitterness is everywhere like a subwoofer in your mouth.
As you can probably also guessed, it did indeed finish hoppy, but to my surprise only slightly bitter, just enough to let you know its been there.
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Pizza Port Solana Beach
WhooHoo! What an aroma! A definite snoot full of hops! Deep Golden Amber, lighter color than I expected. Did I mention hoppy? Lots of wonderful hop flavors melding with a rich maltiness to form a great palate pleasing 2IPA. Alcohol is very well disguised. good balance for such a big beer. NICE!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa baby, I can see why this is the most dangerous beer in America. Golden amber color with a small (bar pour) white head. Aroma is sweet (pineapple). Start is fruity sweet (citrus) then some tangy light bitterness with a long dry light orange rind bitter finish. Smooth and so well balanced you forget to sip slowly and the 10.5% ABV sneaks up on ya fast. Fanf#ckintastic!
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the AHA NHC ’04 in Vegas. I was told that this sample was young so next time I try it I’ll re-rate it. Murky golden. Good head with good lacing. Resiny, fishy and tea like notes. Dry finish.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 (Draft: Double IPA tasting, O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) First tasting several months ago really wowed me, but this tasting was less impressive; More balanced than Pizza Port Frank; Initial maltiness turns somewhat unpleasant before fading in the finish; Strong alcohol is successfully masked; Fresh, floral hops from start to finish; Dark golden in color and clear; Large carbonation bubbles and an off white head; Some lacing; Almost no aroma whatsoever; Another tasting on 29-Apr-04 and YIKES! This one was so incredibly piney it was unpleasant; Must have put boughs of pine right in the beer; Strongly out of balance; But at least there was a mildly hoppy aroma and better body this time; Alpine needs to get a handle on the consistency of this beer; A fourth tasting was much better, less destructively piney, similar to earlier trials; It's much more balanced, though still predominantly a hoppy, piney beer with a significant, though less prominant maltiness; Clearly, this has proven to be hit or miss, depending on the batch