hopscotch (10532) - 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 (973) - 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 (3002) - 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.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hop aroma as expected. Nice light copper color. Has a fantastic hop flavor. Best beer Anderson Valley has brewed yet, in my opinion.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden copper with a full, tight, cream colored head. Nose is really beautifully full of pine and citrus hops. Flavor is creamy in the mouthfeel, with the taste nicely balanced between bitter and citrus hops and smooth caramel malt. I think this is mnew favorite AVBC beer. Well done.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on tap at the 2008 Bistro 2xIPA Fest. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color. Small to medium sized head. The aroma is caramel and piney. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Nice balance. Good carbonation. This beer is a balanced a touch toward the hops, but there is enough malt sweetness to balance it at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The initial nose is very orangey... Citrus is certain. Very refreshing and rather unexpected. I wouldn’t agree that it is an imperial IPA, but whatever. It is very good.