Tejas (928) - 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 (2824) - 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 (5338) - 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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. A reddish amber pour that was mostly clear. A small off white head with light lacing was present. A very pronounced floral hop aroma with some citric tartness. A very good IPA.
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bomber purchased at Nugget in Davis, CA. Aroma has a lot of citrus with plenty of orange notes and some mango-like properties. Some pine hops are there as well as just a touch of cattiness. Smells good. Transparent orange body with a large off-yellow head. Good lacing. This has a really smooth, creamy body and wonderful mouthfeel. It has some husky, grainy flavors with just a little sweetness present. Low carbonation. Light citrus, tannin hoppy flavors to finish. Ethanol is well-hidden. A nice IIPA that is balanced well. Perhaps there is not enough hop flavor in this to please the biggest hop heads, but I’d rather have a malty IIPA than one that doesn’t have enough malts.