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 (5456) - Pennsburg, 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 (3388) - 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 (2518) - 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.
rudolf (2342) - 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 (9327) - 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 (613) - 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.