beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chill hazed fiery amber. Delicate cap of medium stature. Hued in newspaper yellow. Keeps a misty haze with a bit more at the collar. Fine petri dish microorganismish lacing.
Dull tangerine pineapple nose commencement. Orange oil musk. Deep earthy hop pine. Unfouled yet a smidgeon greasy and waxy with a skimming of ink tannin. Piney alcohol gnarls its teeth in time.
Slippery front with a brazen burntness to the overall grain contour. Dark melted orange slides in quickly there after. Blackened toffee caramel undertow. Sweet but grainifiedily peppery. Many eluding after effects of scorched and burnt beer items. Dark piney hops yield to scrappy burnt offerings of tangerine and lime. Strangely acceptable hints to tin appear late as it cinders with burnt grain and fruit skins.
Medium body with a tinge of both burnt and metalic tinges along its route and barking at the bit. Smatteringly rough and grainy. Back-ended heat sifts through the burnt fruits late. Neither aggressive or bashful hopping. Mostly introverted hop flavor and no big bittered thorniness. Mild but stern. Warming temperature tenderizes its tone. Opens creamy, flips over fast, narrowly escaping itself with harsh, salty, burnt subsistings into fruity lime alcoholic heat. Weirdly the D.IPA weird if there ever was one.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle Pours Amber and fairly clear witha nice creamy offwhite 1/4 inch head that laces very well. Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit and pine. A slight aroma of caramel malt can also be detected in the background. Taste is somewhat sweet, I taste pineapple and caramel malts. This doesn’t overwhelm you with the bitter hops. Very balanced and smooth. You don’t once taste the 9.7% alcohol. On the palate this is full bodied and quite a good sipping beer. The sweet flavor with a nice bitter finish go great with the big malt body. Quite a balanced brew and tasty!
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle) Medium beige meringue head atop clear amber body, leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet, pineapple, some pine, light caramel. Taste is sweet, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, caramel. Finish reveals a hint of alcohol. Delicious hop burp. Smooth full body. It may have 112 IBUs, but it is balanced by gobs of malts that serve to mask the intensity of the bitterness (which is not to say it lacks bitterness). It might not chart new territory, but this is nonetheless an impressive IIPA.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2006 Poured from a bottle. Orange colored with a medium sized but lasting white head. Very hoppy aroma with strong notes of pine and tons of grapefruit. Just a hint of malt behind that. Very bitter beer with a mouth puckering citrus flavor and a light malty backbone. Pine notes linger long after each sip. Only a slight hint of alcohol at the finish. This is a re-rate using the third batch. This is a vast improvement over the first batch which I thought had way too much alcohol presence. This is a beer I will continue to return to.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium orange, very nice head. Big old resin and grapefruit aroma. Flavor was surprisingly balanced, biscuit and caramel married with grapefruit, pineapple, pine hop notes. Sticky mouthfeel, good stuff, reminded me a bit of the Legend IIPA. Nice.
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy fresh aroma with some faint off notes. Doesn’t smell like 122 IBUs. Also doesn’t taste like 122 IBUs either. Amber in body, hazy with large off-white head; good visible carbonation. Excellent lace. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Lots of IBUs. The 9.7% ABV is too high for a session brew, but taste-wise, it’s right there. Doesn’t taste that strong, either in ABV or in IBUs. A great IIPA.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from my gorgeous wife while on a trip to Boulder Colorado. 650ml bottle. Tasted in a 650ml ’Frankenmuth Michigan’ mug. Appearance is deep golden amber, dark, but very clear. Head is bright white....almost lovely. Aroma is of phenols, citrus and especially grapefruit. Very characteristic and good for the style. Flavour is surprisingly well balanced. Starts out slightly bitter, some flowery hoppy hints, but with a buttery, esytery finish. Nice.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light amber color with a tall head that falls slowly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus hops with a subtle caramel malt sweetness in the back. The flavor isn’t nearly as hoppy as I expected it to be. Very well balanced, nice malt character and bitterness profile, but could use more hop flavor. Drinkability is great for the alcohol level and the body is moderate.
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Voluminous cream colored head. Quite dense yet frothy on top. Wonderful thick sheet of grand-ma’s doilies coating the glass. Low carbonation. Decent hoppy aroma with plenty of citrus but also plenty of malts for balance. Could be a little hoppier in the nose. Color is a glowing orange. Seems to radiate with some inner light. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel that seems a little flat. Nice alcohol warming. Flavor dominnated by malts, caramel, alcohol. A little bit sweet but not too much. Again needs more hops for an IIPA. Finish is a little dry and bitter and tingles the gums a little. A decent IIPA but needs more hops in my opinion.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber-brown body with gold and ruby highlights. Smell is strong hops, apricots, caster sugars. Taste is full with pit fruit, apricot, pineapple, banana esters and a peppery finish. Nice sweet balance, nothing new or novel about this beer, but its still not a bad way to fill a glass.