MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of Styles, thanks Chris! Deep copper pour giving way to a HUGE frothy, beige head. Tons of belgian style lacing here, create the perfect appearance. I don’t do this often, but appearance here is a 5. Huge pine hop presence in the nose, I mean big. Its strong, and enjoyable.There’s some crystal malt in the nose too, could use a little more to balance out the aroma, but its pungeny hop aroma is all I need. An assault of hops fills the mouth, and appeases all that I want as far as hops are concerned. A fresh, pine and citric hops flavour is big, bold, and beautiful. There’s minute caramel malt sweetness to balance, but I think this beer needs a few more months of to sit. This is a big beer, and it’s up there with Ruination, Dreadnaught, etc. Had it on tap at the Mi brewer’s guild fest, but it wasn’t close to this good. Wow, thanks so much Chris. A must try!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect appearance, burnt orange body with a big of white head. As some have said this is a bit thin on the palate and light on the flavor for the style. It has a nice malt backbone, some bread notes and smooth citrus flavors but is just too wimpy for I2PA standards.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark orange with a white head. huge somewhat sweet piney citrus aroma. flavor is nice and bitter with a little malty sweetness just not much going on. body seems a bit light for an imperial ipa. the finish falls flat and seems a bit watered down. decent just a little disappointing for an imperial ipa.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draught. orange body with a small white head. the aroma is great - full of pine hops and biscuit. this is very balanced for an IIPA with mellow leafy pine and some warm alcohol. soft bready undertones. good drinkability.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of low tasting on the IBU scale for an IIPA, but not a bad brew at all. Deep orange with a creamy beige head, it’s got the grapefruit, piney, and floral aromas that one comes to expect in the style, albeit a bit tamed down. The caramel backbone is solid, supporting some good hop bitterness. Nice lingering hoppy finish. I wish they’d kick it up a notch, though.
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BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle and served in a ye old pint glass and near room temp:
Poured a moderately hazed coppery hue topped by a rich foamy head and excellent lacing on the glassware. The aroma is pure PMW grapefruit and piney hops with a light caramel and Maris Otter character full force. A peppery ester is also found on top of it all.
The taste is juicy fruit gum with a pepper twist. Very well behaved and proper just as I would expect from Arcadia since their best beers are more British traditional. This is by no means a hop bomb but there is just enough bitterness to keep ya happy. There is a yeasty aftertone that seems to mute the bitterness and kept the aftertaste in check. Very dangerously drinkable and so smooth with zero note of alcohol or metallic sharpness.
If there is such a thing as a session IIPA, this would be it. (far better than batch 999 IMO)
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hey,this isn’t a bad beer but I sure thought that they would’ve put more into this as it is the 1st in their BIG BEER series.Mostly sweet malts and some floral hops when I should hace been typing big hopiness and some sweet malts.
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper color with a thick and foamy ivory colored head. Really sticky lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Nice bitter character and medium body. Lots of hoppy pine and citrus flavor with an underlying sweetness of malt and toasted bread. Manages to stay thoroughly bitter and rounded at the same time. The finish is tart and hoppy and lasting. One of Arcadia’s best.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a murky dark orange with a rocky white head. Not a monster by any means but quite enjoyable with citrus and pine all balanced nicely by the caramel malts. One of the better brews I have from these guys.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Pacific Northwest hop aroma. Nice IPA orange pour...releasing even more pine and grapefruit scents. Nice caramel/toffee base...not enough to support the title of Imperial IPA, though. And the big bitter highlights, while enjoyable, are also more suited to a normal American IPA, I think. The IBU’s clock in at around 76 or so. But very well done, and I’d drink these all day long if given the chance.