SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours ruddy-amber with a moderate beige head that mostly diminishes but returns quickly with a bit of swirling. The aroma is at itís best when warmed to just below room temp, piney and grapefruit hops combined with sweet, perfumey malts and hints of turpentine and Pine-sol. Flavor is also best when almost room temp, Rich, sweet - almost, but not quite cloying - maltiness with a counterpoint of brash and complex hops adding the tart/acidic/bitter notes I love so well in a good DIPA. Full, thick body and creamy carbonation. This is good but seems to lack the exquisite balance and temperament of my favorite DIPAís.
jtw (1057) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
hmm. pours an average-looking amber with a frothy white head. refreshing aroma of hops and sugar without too much of one or the other. far more balanced than many IIPAs, although that means that it is not extreme in its hoppiness or maltiness. very good!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This sucker is Dreadnaughtís little brother. And that isnít necessarily a bad thing. Nice reddish amber body, soapy light tan head. Great looking beer. Typical, but pleasing sudsy IIPA. Big citrusy piney hop aroma, with suitable backing caramel malt. Flavor yields the same... some perfume towards the end. These things all start to meld together after a while... but this is a good one.
Arayaga2 (1706) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 Smells like clover honey and hop resin, and pours to a perfect medium head. Great orange peely hop taste with a mostly dry finish and a bit of yeast spice in the finish($6/22oz)
Panzuriel (1223) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours a dark amber hazy liquid wiht a thick beige foam. Nose is tangy hoppy and salavatingly acrid. Taste is a nice hop tang from start to finish. Very good tang. Not too strong. Mouthfeel is full, but fluid and soft. Aftertaste is mellow hops and the alcohol is warming.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Hop floral nose. Copper color with huge cream colored head that leaves great lacing. Crisp critic hop flavor with a bit of alcohol. Oily smooth palate. A nice IIPA that is pretty accessable and tasty.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear orange brown. Nose tart and citric, noticeable alcohol notes, some fruitiness. Flavor is predictably huge, lots of pine and citrus, quite resiny, leaves considerable residue in the mouth. Some malts there, but not enough creamy heft to back up the hops. Overly drying and astringent at the end. Some hints of fruitiness. Is too big for its malty britches. It needs better barley pants.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Dark amber body with a fairly large off white head. The aroma is rich with orange peels and vanilla. Also, there are notes of bread crust and sweet apples in the background. The taste is massive. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with a long lingering aftertaste. The taste is burnt toast and grapefruit with peanuts and some pine in the aftertaste. Wow, this is really good for those over the top hop heads. However, I wish for a little more malt. Still, this is well made.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle... For one, it poured an awesome deep copper color with a good head and lacing...the aroma was awesome too..showing citrus, pine, phenol(slightly), carmel malt, and more...beer was sticky and thick...and just on the border of what I want in a DIPA...I love big hops, and I want some malt, but I donít want sweetness or a barleywine...this beer had sweetness, but was just enough under NOT to be a barlywine...maybe it should be called a BARELYWINE! that ainít a good name...but the body/sweetness was too much for me overall
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber in color with a nice white head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Nice citrus aroma. Piney. Flavor is hoppy and malty. Well balanced. Nice Beer. Very nice beer. Enjoyable.