HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle: Pours an orange color with a small light tan head that mostly disappears. The aroma is definitely on the sweeter citrus side with mostly ripe orange coming through. The flavor is more malty than I expected with a hint of pine and citrus coming through again. The mouth feel is medium with a hint of lingering bitterness. Overall this is a well balanced beer as many have said but for an IIPA I would hope for a bigger hop profile.
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-07-11. Orange amber body with a modest off-white head. (3+) Decent amount of hops in the aroma, clementines, citrus seeds. (7+) Pleasant hoppy bitterness throughout, light resin and a melange of mild citrus flavours. (7+) Smooth average palate. Quite drinkable, rather pleasant. Still, I’d like a bit more oomph to the citrus and hops to take it up a notch. Bottle shared by Blankboy and HogTownHarry
"All I keep hearing is gay meat...?" - Mabel, who joined the venison conversation a bit late.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is a very floral and piney hoppiness, light soapiness and maltiness. Taste is a light hoppiness (floral, citrus) with a nice caramel sweetness to it also. I really easy drinking IIPA.
Cletus (6329) - 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 (5984) - 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.