kingdavid (18) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
7-11 don’t even know whats going on here, they couldn’t.
a happy.......I meant hoppy surprise. Had it in chicago and was forced to take a picture o the bottle and glass full.
stupid good, and by stupid I mean really, really.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Batch 3. Golden colour topped by a thick white head. Big hoppy aroma. Sweet citrus and loads of piny aroma. Light clean pale malt in back, but the hops are what this is about. Some slight breadiness in back of the hop aroma. Flavour is okay, but too much like many IIPA and even a number of IPAs to really stand out from the crowd. Some strong leafy flavours, orange peel, and pine. There is enough malt to balance and the beer is well made, but it doesn’t really grab me. Bitterness is surprisingly soft for something that is billed so aggressively. At least it isn’t all ethanolic like many of Avery’s bigger offerings. Pretty easy to put back.
SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 reddish orange with a small white head. intense mandarin orange, peach, hop, and a hint of alcohol in aroma. flavor is loaded with hops. too much alcohol in this one as i find with all 2ipa’s. i’ve tried 5 or 6 beers of this style and they all taste the same. im sure a re-rate is pending.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Not unlike biting into a Grapefruit, peel and all! Tons of citrus and pine resin on the nose and palate. Pretty heavy oily mouthfeel and explosive bitterness. Nice balance of fruit and hops with well integrated alcohol. Yum.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 3, bottled Feb. 2006. Clear amber with a modest, creamy, frothy, light tan head. Nose of grapefruit trees (the whole tree), flowers, grass, resin, and some herbs- a little sweet, a lot bitter. Same flavors with the hops picking up some spicy and piney notes. Malt remains in the background throughout, but there is enough to give it a nearly creamy texture, also some subtle vanilla and oak notes in the second half. Who knows where they came from, but they are most welcome. Nice combination of ingredients. Full, balanced body with not too much syrupyness. Excellent IIPA.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper orange with a strong red tint. Nose is hop assertive with a withering bite and dryness. Palate is heavy and appropriately tingling. Flavor is instant hop presence with a bitterness and mouth-coating dryness. This has a hop profile (presumably Centennial and Cascade) most resembling a Sierra Nevada product that I have ever tasted. Bold and solid, an excellent IPA.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a blurb on the right side of the front label, part of the dictator series from Avery, no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy orange hued brown with a foamy, fluffy beige/pale tannish head that slowly settled into a sticky, thin bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a pungent hop nose, tropical and citric, floral resiny, oily, with a subtle caramel maltiness at the edges. A crisp, textured and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, very good D/IPA drinkability. Smoothly bitter hop taste, pineapple and tropical zesty, floral, leafy, and oily, a nice toasted caramel maltiness framing the hops, a pleasant warming alcohol presence in the palate and dryish, tropical, floral and caramel malty finish.
A very good D/IPA from Avery, big and bold in the Avery Brewing way, tasty and balanced, if you like D/IPA’s, a must try.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden red body with a medium white head. Aroma of pines, green hops, basically fresh plant life. Grapefruit, pine, cut wook for the taste. Nice cool and sprucy ending.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Bottle, Batch 3 February 2006. Quite lovely orangish rust amber pour with a generous soapy white froth. Succulent ruby red grapefruit aromas perk up my senses a bit as I stare at the beer flowing into my glass. Tons of grapefruit and in the sour kind of way that the inner rind tastes like. Fresh papaya pulp and white pine needles fill our the rest of the bouquest quite nicely. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel is a generous treat that brings some sweeter orange zest and fermented toffee notes to the palate. Definitely a generous portion of Centennial hops. Final smack of spruce resin.
beenjammin (3) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - MAY 4, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Incredible hop bouquet. Extremely floral nose. Head dissipates quickly.
Very unique and HIGHLY recommended beer.