Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-purchased at woodmans in Madison, WI-This beer threw me for a curve. I dindít know what to think of it. I tasted 3/4 bottles to see if maybe there was a difference, but all were mostly the same. here is what i got from this beer. pours a deep amber hue with nice off-white head. Slightly hazy even after pouring the beer easy without spilling all the yeast into the glass. Peach, apricot, grape, orange, sour apples in the aroma. Almost has a belgian yeast characteristic to it. Very different for an IPA. A Belgian IPA maybe? Even the palate shows belgian in its yeast/texture qualities. Yea, this beer is hoppy, but i would not call it an ipa. THis is definately an experimental beer that is worth a try. Definately an enigma of a brew.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky dark orange color out of the bottle with a whispy cloud of a head. The nose has a toasty malt edge to it with pineapple and orange peel hops. Very well balanced IPA with caramel sweetness and fruity malt tones of apple with the orange rind, pine and hop resin rising gently in the finish. Very nice IPA.
Earlier Rating: 7/29/2004 Total Score: 3.9
On tap at the í04 Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. The program called it the Batch 999 Imperial IPA. Oragne/amber color with a sfluffy off-white head. Caramel/toffee sweetness for a foundation with lots of pine and orange rind hop flavors on top. Nicely balanced and a solid beer for this still.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dominant hoppy aroma with a hazy orange appearance....complete grapefruit flavor with some nice sweet notes; very piney taste also.... nice palate especially for such a hoppy beer
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color, somewhat cloudy. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity and piney, with a touch of malt sweetness. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Extremely smooth tasting IPA. Nice big resiny hop taste takes a while to Ďkick iní. This may be one of the best-balanced IPAs I had in a long time. Nice beer. Thanks to JCW for this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
TAR (2389) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque, chill-hazed rufous. Fat, frothy foam throws huge clumps of sticky lace on the glass. Caramel drenched floral hop aroma with hints of pine-laced citrus, apples, and phenols. Creamily full, yet expansively spritzy. Much emptier than the aroma, with airy phenols inhibiting the body. Fairly alcoholic, as well, with a leafy/citrusy hop mixture colliding with toasted malt sweetness. Lush caramel struggles to thicken the body, inevitably taking the backseat to a bizarre display of tart apple acidity and spicy phenolic dryness. Earthy (Fuggles?) bitterness peaks at the finish alongside grainy apple textures and harsh acidity which only compound the chalky/crushed mineral astringency. Very similar to their bottle-conditioned Imperial, when aged, the yeast has rendered this airily empty and astringently sour. Perhaps they should stop b.c.-ing until they find a yeast that doesnít wreak of infection after spending only a short while in the bottle. Such a disappointment, because without the infection, this must be stunning.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is a dark copper color with a medium beige head that disappeared rapidly. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is fruity, with some citrus hops and spice. Medium-bodied with a somewhat off-balance flavor profile. Piney hops, sour fruit and malt donít seem to gel much. The finish is pine and grapefruit, with a sourness that is difficult to characterize. Not a bad beer by any means, and maybe I missed something but this beer just didnít click for me on some levels.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light mahogney color with a thick foamy white head. Big fresh hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and toffee. Very bitter initially with hops exploding on the tounge. Some fruity, citric notes, mainly grapefruit with some lightly sweet and toasty malts with a slight hint of rye coming through late to balance things out. Nice IPA, thanks santa.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Densely clouded amber hue, thick head formation. Piney grapefruit aroma, mild seasonal spice (not sure if this is a winter seasonal, but very fitting),.sweet candy sugar and mild caramel. Complex palate, grapefruit harsh bitterness jumps out immediately, but itís very well balanced with candy cane sweetness and mild cookie dough. Biting citrus in the finish but again very well tempered by a long lingering candy aftertaste. Excellent brew. Special thanks to mikemcallister.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lightly hazy mahogany copper with a thick, thin-lacing cream-colored head. Aroma is busting with fresh grapefruity hop resin and a touch of crystal malt. Body has a good dry caramel maltiness to it that balances the fresh bittering hops very well. I guess this falls into the English IPA category due to the malt billing despite the aggresive and appealing hoppiness. A very unique and flavorful beer nonetheless. Many thanks to wohlfs and Silphium for this brew!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Bottle. Well, MBG Festival mystery still unsolved, but since it says Batch 999 right on the label, Iím rating this one right here. Pours a very strong reddish-copper-amber. Large bubbles, good light beige head, bottle condtioned and unfiltered. Whatís with all of the 3 and 4 appearance ratings?? This stuff is bottle conditioned, unfiltered, has a large head, lacing and a wonderfully deep red-amber appearance. Aroma of soily, spicy hops, not terribly bitter, or citric, just extremely juicy. Has that hop-tea sort of aroma, like you are smelling the very leaves that have been boiled. Flavor is bold at first, with spicy hops up front, followed by biscuity malt, light doughy chewiness, more spicy hops notes, and finally a good dose of sweet malty backbone. I have the distinct flavor of honey lingering on the aftertaste on my palate. This is one of the best finishes/aftertastes Iíve had in a while. Medium-full body, no wateriness or thinning. Quite resemblant to the LaConner dry hopped IPA (not as bitter) but similar malt structure (if a touch sweeter than laconner) with an equally good body. No alcohol notes perceptible. Fantastic stuff, wish I had bought the whole six pack.Rerate bottle, in a blind IPA tasting I picked this one as my least favorite of the 5 (this, stone, victory, smutty, bear republic) which is strange. Granted, none of them were particularly bad, so this wasnt terrible. Though I thought it would shine through more, especially as I just had it. It seemed much more aggressive last time. Much more mellow, light bitterness and candied flavors, dry toasty notes, some astringency problems, much less flavorful than I recall. Hmm. Iím going to knock it down a few points, but yet another rerate is in order.
Earlier Rating: 8/4/2004 Total Score: 2.8
2004 draught at the MBG beer fest. batch 999. Pours a light orange almost honey yellow-golden. Moderate but fleeting white head. Smells lightly spicy, quite floral and dry, with some paperiness. Hops are quite refined and toned down, no juicy fresh hops bitterness or piny/sap delight here, but thatís ok. Still smells pretty tasty. Flavor begins with a dry, lightly phenolic/alcoholic shot, which quickly develops in to a grassy/herbal hops flavor. This beer is quite the hops adventure, never getting too bitter or absurd, but never really disappearing either. Unfortunately, the malt was fleeting and in the extreme background. What I found was a light honey flavor that sort of lingered on the palate along with the hops. Interesting and hoppy, but didnt make anyone that I sampled with go back for more.