MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 orangish color whispy white head w/ some nice lacing. Fresh hop aroma big citrus & pinapple and passion fruit w/ some nice carmel & hints of alcohol. Palate is well coated lightly creamy. Flavor is a nice tropical fruit blend w/ some sweet carmels and a nicely bitter finish. Very odd but very very good.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Liarís Club - San Diego: Amber color, thin head with nice lacing. Nose of sweet cherry malts, some kind of fatty insence I canít remember. The flavor is nice and dry hopped with a lot of sweet malt, diacetyl and overall unbalanced by this sweet level. Huge body and a long tail. Good, not near as intense as most of these So Cal Double IPAs or maybe Iím getting used to them...
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a nice off-white head. Sweet citrus malt aroma. Sweet malt and caramel flavor with lots of fruity hops - orange/apricot. Easy drinking. LIngering fruity hops. Medium bodied. Hides alcohol well. Wanted a bit more body
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Handbottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, deep golden ale with a large, creamy, white head. Decent retention. Breadsy, earthy nose of yeast, grass, grapefruit, oak and pine. The flavor reminds me of their Pure Hoppiness, but bigger... much bigger. Tons of rich malt up front; even more herbal, earthy, citrusy hops on the backside. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Finishes medium bitter and piney. Alcohol is totally hidden. World class IIPA! Thanks go out to my best friend, Brad, for finally sending me something nice from out West. Heís been in CA for ten years and only now does he ship something to me. Great choice, though!
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at Vail Beer Fest. 2-oz. sample in a snifter. Pours a hazy medium-dark amber color with a small, frothy, off-white, mosltly diminishing head. The aroma is just as hoppy as Pure Hoppiness, but even more complex with heavy notes of varied citrus fruit and evergreen and miscellaneous notes of cedar / redwood and green apple. The flavor is moderately bitter with a long, heavily bitter finish. The high alcohol content is well hidden in the flavor making this pretty drinkable, despite the intense hoppiness. The body was light-to-medium with a velvety texture and fizzy carbonation.
Ernest (7249) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Vail Beer Fest. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately to heavily hoppy (herbs, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Must admit this was a surprise and fairly enjoyable for the style. The wood was quite apparent in the nose, although I did not know at the time it was oak chipped...I just kinda figured it was aged in oak. Anyways, the hops are strong but not annoying, and the flavor balance was quite drinkable and fairly non-abrasive. I tried the Pure Hoppiness in the same session (though I didnít bother rating it), and it was boring in comparison.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad: Clear deep golden color with a small off-white head. Large grapefruit and citrus hop aroma. Hops definitely dominate the aroma. Flavor is perfectly balanced with hop, grapefruit, and malt. Bitter finish is light but present.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Hazy yellow orange with a small creamy white head. Heavy pine resin with grapefruit aroma. Vegetal hop character up front, followed by a crushing resinous flavor. Hot grapefuity finish with residual bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, fairly hot.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at the Stick. Pours slightly cloudy light orange with no head. Aroma is heavy with pine and citrus. The taste is incredible. Full on hop assault with grapefruit and light sweetness. This taste remains with you throughout, but mellows due the oak chips (I presume). Very smooth, almost a syrupy mouthfeel. The best Imperial IPA Iíve ever had
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Liarís club with legion242. Nice to meet you John. Hazy orange with a decent head. Classic IPA pineyness and citrus. The flavor was nice and sweet. Nice Grapefuity hoppiness on the finsih. Pretty tasty.