BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Copper bronze, thick white head and nice white lacing. Nose of amarillo and chinook, sharp bitter rind and melon notes along with....cheddar? Flavor is sweet, plenty of malt, light bitterness and a cloying mouthfeel. Piney finish. Decent, too sweet though.
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Merritt Is Throwdown. Warm gold color. Smells like eucalyptus and freshly mowed lawn, tastes like fallen leaves in the forest.
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Aroma had a hint of wheatiness and malt. Decent hoppy flavor that was maltier than it was citrusy. Not very intense for a Imperial IPA but solid.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Oakes. Pours a clear copper amber, with a small off white head. Smells of some decent juicy hops, with some malt present as well. A little grapefruit citrus in there too. The flavor had a really big malt presence I thought, which created the hop bitterness in the finish. Not as piney or fruity, but more bitter.Pretty decent IIPA, had some good flavor and not just a hop bomb.
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... GIABMISGFAB... Clear amber ale with a small, wispy, white head. Understated whiffs of peppery, piney and citrus hops are pulled from the glass. Medium to full-bodied with dancing carbonation. Moderately sweet; heavily bitter. Finishes up bitter and dry. Bottle courtesy of Beershine and Oakes!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light copper with nice head. Sugary , hoppy aroma. Taste is a bit of a mess. Rough, piney hops, sweet malt and over the top bitterness. Just doesn’t come together and is tough to drink.
Tejas (864) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really disappointing. Too sweet and a harsh astringent hoppy flavor to it. Is that 75 characters? I hope so.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with floating particles and a thin head. Hoppy citrus nose with a bit of malt and alcohol. Very nice taste with hops, caramel, and grapefruit followed by huge bitter finish somewhat balanced by malt. Very well done!
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy Beershine/Oakes. Dark amber pour with lots of chunks floating around. Malty, hoppy, grapefruit aroma. Bitter grapefruit pine dry taste. Finishes with a lot of bitterness.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy Beershine/Oakes. Pours a copper color with a yellowish hue. Decent head on this one, and sticky lacing on the glass. Hoppy aromas, with some sour grapefruit, and vanilla. Nice. Bitter bite to start the flavor, with a hoppy and creamy character. Grapefruit and citrus are in the background. Bitter bite, easy drinking and refreshing. Decent overall.