hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Small off-white head that was mostly lasting, fine-small sized bubbles, poor lacing, carbonation, hazy, and an orange hue. Sweet hoppy aroma. Hoppy and sickingly sweet flavor. Way too sweet. Tingly and hoppy mouthfeel. This one wasnít for me.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big 1 pint bottle. Very disapointing apperance and taste. Light color with little froth. The sweetness hides the strong hops.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Cheers duff!): Big grapefruit and pine nose. Nice sweet caramel. Long citric grapefruit flavour. Pine finish. Medium bodied. Amber with a beige head. Nice, but a bit sweet.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival 2005
This is powerful stuff. Rich hopiness with a nut character to it. Quite refreshing for a beer this strong and hoppy.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Sweet hop aroma, aromatic. Super sweet and sticky. Quite fat and oily aswell. Raisin sweetness, mixed with lychee and grapefruit, very sweet, too sweet. Also a little on the fizzy side, which didnít help its cause. I was expecting a lot more.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 Pours out an amber color with a white head. Aroma is quite strong.. flowery, with hops and fruit quite present in the mix. Flavors are smooth, especially for the 9.9% ABV.. nice malts and caramel to balance the strong, resiny hops.
[5/4/06 Re-rate, February 2006, batch no.3] Extremely powerful grapefruit characteristics on this one. I have a feeling its due to the freshness, but I donít remember my other rating as being so bitter. This is glorious.. I had to bump it up a few.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, clear amber with thick head. Pleasant hoppy aroma with slight fruity overtones. not as bitter as the aroma might have suggested. Everything an IPA should be
kgustaf (17) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unremarkable color but strong foam present a flowery aroma, with hints of lavender. Plenty of hops, sparkles on the tongue and warms the belly. The high ABV and complex flavor, along with the silky mouth feel make this beer a delicacy.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color with a tan head that is diminishing but a little stays. Aroma is piney and you can definitly smell the hops, however it is not as strong as you would expect for an imperial IPA. Taste is tart with bitterness at first followed by some sweetness. The finish is long and quite pleasent. Well done beer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Pours clear amber with a big bubbley white head, mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with pine and citrus. Flavor is pine needles and grapefruit, very bitter, very little malt presence. Finish is dry and with a lingering bitterness. Medium bodied.