Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 22oz. Pours a clear copper with a thin head. Lovely, big sweet floral hop nose with fruit. Great balance between hops and malt; apricots and peaches. Shared with 2 others, everyone loved this 2IPA. Deliciously brewed with incredible full bodied flavors and a slightly bitter finish.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 Bomber into a belgian beer chalice, just to let her open up. Color is a little lighter than what I expected for the strength. Perfect Amber color the slow carbonation rise lends credence to the viscocity. Bone white head that leaves a thin sheet up top. Aroma, like sticking my heads in several hop bags at once. Immediate grapfruit and tangerine on the nose, followed by slight earth and a symphony of spice (like a good Alsatian Gewurtz.) White Pepper and cilantro balance out the band. The body is solid all the way through the mid-palate and just barly edges out the 9.9%. An equally complex array of hops find themselves waiting at the finish line. Big hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.........Wow, thatís just nice. The debate for me is to either, let this guy age so the booze calms down????? Probably not, the hops are just to perfect to ingore for long , Hops can become delicate, but these are young and exhuberant. This is batch #3, Feb-2006.
Re-rate, June 19 2009, bottling date.
This beauty is only 2 weeks old, seems the label was applied directly as it left the brewery. Copper-orange hue iwth a nice white head, creamy but not spoon-worthy. Nose...a little bit subdued, suprising. A huge vein of delicious Simcoe grapefruit and cat pee funkiness thread through a block of sweet malt and citrus rind hop resin. Palate entry is sweet and wears a green jacket, spicy with same repressed citrus as the nose. As the palate develops waves, and I mean waves of hop complexity forcefully massage the tongue into submisson. Hops play a grand concert as the beer finishes. Fruit, Spice, Resin, Perfume, Bitterness reigns as the beer dries and finishes. I think this beer may have lost a little in the way of intelligence. Still a delicious beer, not sure about the nose of the fact that complexity doesnít show until the curtain closes, maybe thatís what Climax is all about...
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THins fronty off white head. Murky honey orange coloring. Nice malty nose. Malty flavor with the hops runs about half and half. Something is a little funky with the hops and Malt chosen. They donít quite fit together as well as other IPAs. Maybe thatís the intention. Alcohol is well hidden for close to 10%.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stong citrus and piney aroma. Medium amber color with a small off white head. Flavor is sweet and fruity (pineapple, grapefruit, orange rind) with a fairly bitter, dry orangy finish. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Over rated-no, over priced-yes.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bomber. Pours a brilliant amber with white head. Nose is of candied pink grapefruit, as is the flavor. Earthy malts underneath the hops, with a great body. Big bitter finish. Other then being a bit one dimensional, this is a great beer.
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the moan and dove. pours an orangey orange with a small white head. tantalizing aroma. lots of fruits. good malty presence with a solid hop background. alcohol is well hidden. avery is a great brewery. i especially enjoy their big beers. a solid double ipa. mmmm.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 22 oz. Bottle. 2006 - Batch 3. Pours a really nice orange copper. Very clear. Very small white head that goes away quickly. Decent lacing. HUGE aroma. Malty sweetness, fruity, apricot, pear, peach, citrus, and florally. Interesting flavor. Very bitter with a ton of malty sweetness. I donít pick up a bunch of hop flavor, probably because itís being overrun by the bitterness. Most of the flavor seems to be coming from the malts. Edit - After it warms a little I am getting some of that florally hop flavor after the swallow. And after it warms even more it becomes way more balanced and the bitterness really mellows. I think I am learning that Iím rating my beers too cold. You also get a bit more of the alcohol warmth after the swallow. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Silky, it almost coats your tongue and then is washed away by the bitterness in the swallow. Overall another great big beer from Avery. Their big beers are top notch. I would probably tone down the bitterness a touch to let some of the hop flavor shine through, but my only complaint to a really good beer.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 22oz bottle Batch 3: A grassy hop aroma with a small malty texture. A clear copper brown in the glass. A nice medium body. The malt backing carries the hop character well. Balanced. Tasty. A little alcohol on the finish. Solid Imperial.
AndrewKoransky (30) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma missing? Apparently the batches are quite different from each other. Batch #3, is, IMHO, incredibly aromatic. It simply knocks your socks off with a Cascade hop nose. Flavor is well balanced. Not nearly as sweet as I would expect from such a high gravity IPA. An excellent and impressive imperial IPA.
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma strangely lacking for such a strong beer. Flavor was unbalanced by boozy alcohol presence. Didnít seem to have the hop presence I was expecting or the overall flavor a beer of this strength should have. A little malt sweetness. Even after warming up, the flavors just never really hit me.