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Very popular. A complex hopping method where each hop addition is double the previous amount. More hops in the hopback and then two dry-hop sessions. The second dry-hop session is with whole hops and oak chips. 1.093 OG 10.75%ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
On tap@O’brien’s: 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
An excellent beer. I've had it on draft and cask-conditioned. A very nice flavor that is incredibly smooth and somewhat sweet for how big the beer is. It has a nice bitterness on the end as well. Fairly complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
First of all, that fact that this is 10.5% (I think this batch might actually be 11%) is downright unbelievable. Amber in the glass with lacing like I've never seen before. Aroma is hops, hops and hops. But there's some malt in there peaking around the corner. Flavor is hops and malt in near perfect balance. Sweet yet bitter. Body is silky smooth. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Draft at Liars Club. Arrived in the glass slightly hazy golden-amber color. Aroma is a rush of hops, citrus, pine along with a rich malt nose. Sweet and citrusy, lots of hop bitterness but well balanced. Despite the 10.5 ABV the alcohol is barely noticible. Rich creamy body feels so smooth on in the mouth. Yummy, just about sums is up for this delightful brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
I had the 2003 and 2004 at O'brien's 10th anniversary party. 2004: Aroma: 9 Appearance: 4 Flavor: 8 Palate: 4 Overall: 17 The body is a clear orange, topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter with piney, grapefruity hop notes and a nice maltiness in the background. Some tropical fruit notes are also apparent. The flavor is bitter and piney yet slightly sweet and hoppy as hell with notes of grapefruit and other tropcal fruits. Medium to full bodied, relatively smooth and slightly dry. 2003: Aroma: 9 Appearance: 4 Flavor: 9 Palate: 4 Overall: 18 The body is a hazy orange and is topped with a medium thick head with lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is similar to the '04 with more sweetness and a bit weaker. The flavor is sweeterthan the '04 but still bitter and piney. Medium to full bodied, relatively smooth and but not a dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
12/5/03. On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival in Carlsbad, CA 12/5/03. Crystal clear color of medium gold amber. Huge, dense, lasting off-white head with decent lacing. Delicious nose, absolutely the best part of this beer for me-- floral and complex with malt and delicate hops. Bitter, grainy flavor (like livestock grain-- not a good thing). Very smooth until the dirty, punishing finish. Taste is a little off to me, still too much nice stuff here to get upset about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Deep gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. A medium bodied double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and oaky. Very nicely balanced. Very smooth. It’s very hoppy, but not nearly as over the top as pure hoppiness. Very smooth. With no alcohol evident at all. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer pours a transpicuous gold color with the head modest in size, frothy in texture and a bright white color with the lace forming a white curtain to obscure the glass. Massive hop floral spiciness hits your sense first, followed by a sweet malt backing, citrus crisp and fresh, quite clean with the start nicely malted, slightly sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. The finish has a fair to middling acidity with as one would expect a “Big” hop bite that lingers on the palate, dry and quite a nice representative to the style, another of the beers I sampled at least three times to get a handle on its flavors.

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