JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 16, 2006
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark copper color with medium sized white head. Aroma has the same over-ripe strawberry notes that my homebrew has when I over-dry hop it, and itís not pleasant. Flavor is malty, slightly creamy, hint of apricot and citrusy hops, fair amount of caramel, with a moderately bitter finish. I just canít get past the unpleasant aroma. I have another bottle, so Iíll lay it down and try again in a while. Maybe it will mellow.
jcr (2226) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fl.owers and pine trees fill the nose of this double IPA indicating that there will be plenty of hops to sand the tongue. And there are. The flavor is filled with perfume and flowers. There is plenty of bitterness to last long after the beer has been swallowed. Medium body and ample carbonation. Overall, this IIPA wasnít as satisfying as others I have had.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt amber pour with a tan head full of soapy bubbles. Pine hop aroma borders on Pinesol - almost generic in smell because of the intensity. Fortunately, the sweet malt body helps balance some of the piney hops in the body - but only to a point. Still watery throughout. Some bitter orange rind and other citrus notes show up in the finish to help round things out. Good, but I just am not crazy about the hop selection here.
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from trade with JCW. Good nose, soft & sweet. Orangy, pine, biscuit?. Litely hazy brownish orange, big head that slowly faded to a cover, nice lacing. Bittersweet flavor. Citrus, mainly grapefruit. Kind of grassy too. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, little flat, bitterdry finish. Good, but bitterness was narrow, if that makes sense to you.You got a hint of the citrus, but seemed muted to me. Maybe itís the ringwood that Iíve seen some people comment on, but I can never tell that kind of thing. Thanks JCW
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mostly lasting small ivory head, fair amount of lacing, somewhat hazy, carbonated, and a dark orange hue. Nose was malty, sweet and hoppy and ditto for the flavor except add in some bitterness. Tingly, hoppy palate. Medium body.
Darkover (1519) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light red color with a small beige head. Aroma of piney hops and sweet malt. Flavor of citrus/piney hops and sweet candy malts.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red-amber in color, semi-hazy, with a thick off-white head. Intense piney hop aroma with some noticable malt sweetness. Flavor is very bitter, and as an IPA lover, I would normally like this, but thereís something about this beer that doenít quite work. This hop bitterness is so pronounced that it makes the beerís flavor a bit less pleasing than your average IPA, and I would not agree that itís particularly well-balanced. Itís not a bad beer by any means; I actually enjoy it, but thereís something about the flavor that is less than what I expected.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent and magnifying copper-red in color with ice shavings that span the circumference of the head. Fresh hop goodness in the nose. Disaronno, simcoe and rhubarb pump out an a-characteristic aroma, supported with porous cedar panels seeping in maple syrup thatís sliding down the wood, cherry-scented spruce potpourri and some pine resin as well. Flavor glides in and stutter steps, pulling out a set of original tricks. Brandy flambť and liqueur ignited crŤme brŻlťe. Building hop abrasions pressurize the palate. Amaretto toffee candies with rum raisin sweetening, eventually leading to farm stock of oats and honey. Surprisingly thick and oily on the palate with a bitter cacophony at first, and a heavy onset to smooth it out afterwards. Carbonation seems to vanish fairly early in each subsequent pour. Seemingly well-balanced, yet it tips the scale at several turns and always manages to stay afloat. Dry, socket tugging bitterness manifests prevalently in the finish, along with buttery hard toffee flavors. Definitely a unique take on the style, though Iím much more comfortable with thinking of this as an Imperial ESB.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 22oz. bottle. Pours a dark orange, frothy head, with great lacing. Nose has grapefruit, some malts and a little lemon. Flavor is of strong, grassy hops, that are well balanced with the malt. Not a personal favorite, but a well done beer.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to kms399 for this guy. Dark goldpour with an awesome white head. Sweet, candylike nose. Odd. Citrusy hop flavor, but with earthy undertones. VERY interesting!