Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of DarkElf. Pours copper with an off white head. Smells of citrus, dough, some sweet malt. Tastes of pepper, earth, citrus, some resiny hints. Nicely crafted and a brew that seems to blend malt and hops well.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with MaltOMeal and thickfreakness. Rich golden color with no real head. Nose of oranges, mangos and spicy, piney hops. Flavor has nice bitterness that’s bit stronger than the malt flavors. Palate is a bit harsh and the finish is a bit pithy. Starts great, finishes a bit dry and astringent.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (220z x2). Shared by me and blankboy with gregclow, jerc, mabel & tupalev. Bright, fairly clear orange pour, small frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma of orange zest and dry resiny bitter hops, leafy and slightly boozy. Taste - very very dryly bitter, crushed maple leaves in the finish. Average body, nice astringent bite, long bitter finish. Solid, not great.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is citrus, resin,pine and lightly sweet. Flavor is a very nice big round orange slushy of an IPA - sweet, hopppy, very nicely balanced. Finish is like a tangerine dream - one of teh best double India Pale Ale’s I have had.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Aroma was of caramel, light flowery hops, apricot, orange, and fruit pastry. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was white with good retention. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. There was moderate hop bitterness that outlasted the sugars, lingering well after the finish. Very fruity flavor including the likes of orange, pineapple, and mango. The alcohol flavor and fruit gave it an almost liqueur note. There was also caramel and a hint of toasted bread. Pretty good stuff.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What 1st strikes you is the color. Like amber from ancient tree sap. Almost ruby. Aroma is ok, woody and dark hops. The flavor is where this beer really impressed me. Layers of stuff going on, intense, balanced and dense with weight and complexity to it that I haven’t experienced in any other recent Imperial IPA’s. My rating is higher than most but I think this beer needed some time to come around and put on weight, much like a wine. Will have to get more and try one in a year and see if it continues to get better.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from IrishBoy. Thanks!
Pours a deep, sappy amber with a malty grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit biscuit with a floral finish. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, leaving a lasting film of flavor on the tongue. Nice beer, but I prefer a little less malt in my IPAs.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoyed this beer, seemed really well balanced, and very smooth for the strength. I bought four more.
3fourths (7520) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Light copper color, a bit of haze but not much. Nose if pungent, spicy thyme and cannabis hops, pineapple rind and pungent, stinky, sugar-coated, assertive hops. A bit messy, I’ll admit, but still it’s quite straightforward with respect to hops, and ultimately it’s tasty. Bit of alcohol shows up after a little time, which I could do without, but overall it’s nice.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Thanks, Tom! Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color; white head with a foamy perimeter of bubbles. Loads of resiny oranges, earthiness, and sweet candy sugar in the aroma; definitely sweet, but nice, soft, intense hop character. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: resiny, sweete orange and tree fruit hoppiness; surprisingly little astringency; very sweet, chewy candy sugar core; a bit heavy on the palate, but generous and enjoyable. Lengthy, bitter finish: tongue-numbing oranges and fruity hops; sugar and toasty malts; some lingering sweetness.