beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Noogfest 3. This Imperial IPA pours a golden yellow color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity and citrusy. Medium bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. Hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Smooth tasting, some bottle aging has mellowed the hot alcohol flavors that usually dominate Avery big beers, its still there its not just as hot. Hops are still very evident in this beer that is around 3 years old at sampling. Very nice. The malts are a little more prevalent. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
ChainGangGuy (4490) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, copper body with a thin, bubbly white head.
Smell: Orange blossom honey, lemon zest, light toffee, and a good bit of alcohol fumes.
Taste: Sugary sweet honey and caramel maltiness upfront followed by plenty of strong citrus and pine notes leading into an intense, sharp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Three years later, this double IPA has managed to age fairly well, with the hops still retaining much of their former potency.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured at noog fest III. Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma is aged malts, citrus and some hops. Flavor is malty, orange, grapefruit, and a slight bitter finish. Surprised how well this IIPA held up.
unclemattie (4350) - Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Thanks to TBC. Hazy golden color. Looks sticky, no head. This is a IIPA!!! aroma of sticky sweet malt, resiny hops. HOPS, HOPS, HOPS. Bitterness.
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange, no head. Sweet, orange juice aroma, which is echoed in the flavor. Tart and citrusy, with a touch of an alcohol burn. Some peppery, spicy notes in the finish. Darn tasty brew.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle: Found at a bottle shop recently, not knowing it was a DIPA from 2004. Let’s give it a ride. Pours a hazy amber with a thick head that settles into a firm, sticky cap. I tried to decant this, but plenty of chunky yeast made it into the glass. This must have been bottle pre-filtration days for Avery. The nose is dominated by maltiness, with the hops taking a back seat. Notes of rum, cherries, plums, earth, sherry and ether make up the musty aroma. Oxidation is present, but not rampant. The hops do add some light citrus character to the nose, but are subtle at best. The body is thick and chewy - very barleywine- like. The hops do play a bigger role here, but are still secondary to the big malty body. Notes of wet firewood, straw, dark fruits and bitter chocolate lead into a papery finish. This was a nice experiment in aging DIPAs, but I have a feeling I would have enjoy this one more fresh.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Thanks Moejuck! Hazy copper color with a cream colored, one finger head. Lots and lots of suspended particles. Aroma is citrus candy (amarillo?), brown sugar, some herbal & floral notes (cascade?), and some pine (centennial/simcoe). Taste is still plenty bitter, but there is a nice caramelly, malty flavor followed by a ton of citrus hops & pine. The finish is lingering piney bitterness and black pepper. A nice beer, this is a mix of hops that I enjoy, they each offer something a little different. On another note, I love fresh DIPA’s, but sometimes they gain a bit of character when aged.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a cloudy brownish color with a huge white head. There were also a crapload of floaties and yeast in this. Aroma was of citrus, mostly orange, a little burning from alcohol, and I got a little breadiness. Aroma still seemed pretty hoppy for being 3 years old. Flavor was a little bitter, hoppy, and just seemed a little off. I wish I would have tried this in the prime.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eleven? That’s one hoppier than ten, right?
Pours a hazy copper color with an 18" thick clump of frothy off-white suds. Excellent thick lacing throughout the bottle. Smell the glove to pick up a mild but complex aroma with peach, caramel, and hops both floral and piney.
Solid caramel and toffee malt up front, with licorice coming in at mid-sip and into the finish. On top of, behind, in front, and all around the malt, there’s hops, and lots of ’em. I am knocked out by their exuberance, their raw power - and their punctuality. Pine and citrus mainly, bold and bitter, then also a soft herbal flavor hops. The hops seem to grow in intensity as the bottle drains.
For such a bold beer, the mouthfeel is quite smooth. Medium-full body, and the soft but prominent carbonation spontaneously combusts. Reviewed at a bit cooler than cellar temp in a St Hubbins goblet.
So, are we doin’ Stonehenge tomorrow?
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hops and lots of sweet malts in the aroma.Pours very cloudy brown.Sweet malt stand out in the flavor.Very thick mouthfeel with a sweet finish.