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 (4045) - 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.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden orange with a creamy off white head with nice retention. The aroma smells like Christmas...trees, seriously, thereís a lot of pine in the aroma along with some orange zest, and sweet malt. Great fresh aroma overall...very nice. The flavor gives you a lot of pine and a good amount of sticky caramel malt this is joined by some light citrus, alcohol, grass. The hop punch comes out in front with some maltiness over the tounch before the second wave of hop bitterness comes through. It goes way past the finish and just hangs on to your tounge. A great IIPA, Avery really suprised me with this one, I thought thereíd be way more malty sweetness...man was I wrong.
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles Feb, 2006. Dark golden orange. Huge floral hops and pineness. Tastes sticky butterey with a blast of grapefruit bitterness and oily pine needles. The hop presence is enormous and overpowering, with a heavy dose of malted barely. A fine example of IIPA.