SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had the 2003 and 2004 at O'brien's 10th anniversary party.
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.
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.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival, Pizza Port Carlsbad, December 6th, 2003
If you want hops, here's the beer, though I hear Alpine Beer has another offering with even more hops. Pours light yellow with a medium head. Lots of hops in the aroma, but smelled slightly sour, like bad milk. However the taste was anything but. Very hopy, very spicy, with a great finish. Very good lacing, a great beer if you love the hops.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a glowing goldish orange. Huge off white head. Floral nose with a big citrusy flavor. One draw back is a herbal bitterness in the finish that just seemed out of place.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear golden color, like a pilsener, foamy head, hoppy taste, slightly bitter finish. Had this at Pizza Port's 2003 Strong Ale fest.