wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Smells like lime, caramel, courant, vanilla, graitfruit and citrus. The caramel stands out the most. Taste is lacking in hops for my money. Nice pine flavor but a bit too sweet. Aside from the sweetness this is a good beer.
Re-rate- Excellent on draft. It was good in the bottle but I would recommend it on draft because the flavors were layered better.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange Coloring with White Ring. Piney/Grapefruit Aroma. Pretty Piney Flavored..Heavy Dry Hop Hit. Citrus Notes. The Dry Hopped Flavor is Kept in Check by a Nice Malt Background. Really Nice IIPA.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy orange appearance. Nose is very hoppy with notes of citrus. Warming at first sip, and then drying and the second. Quite fullbodied and powerfull. A nice complex beer.
thehinge (290) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is very good. Just what I like in the style. Strong notes of pine in the aroma. The flavor is well balanced.....caramelly malts in the front and sweet fruit and hops in the finish.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium orange color & medium thick head. Grassy aroma with notes of citrus. Flavor is hoppy but with a farily well balanced base of malt to back it up.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at St Albans Beer Festival, courtesy of Duff. Iíd actually tried this at RBESG in Copenhagen but my notes were a little, ahem, substandard, so I was pleased to get another opportunity. Colour - light copper. Well, I didnít think it was "impossible", unlike a certain person in the assembled company, but I did find the alcohol rush a little overpowering. However, in other respects, it wasnít as powerful as Iíd been expecting. Sure thereís a lot of piney resinous hop, as one might expect, leading into a quite bitter finish. But thereís a lot of sweetness throughout and more jammy malt than I had anticipated. I didnít feel the integration of the elements was spot on. Iím not saying I didnít enjoy this beer, it just wasnít somehow as assured as Iíd hoped. Gave me indigestion by the way.
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber in colour with medium-high carbonation. Huge grapefruit and pine hop nose, along with a good strong caramel malt note. While I had been expecting a thick and syrupy brew, there was actually a dimention of lightness to the palate which was quite refreshing. The up-front flavors are dominated by sweet caramel malts, which evolve into a more grainy note before the assault of orange and grassy (almost minty) hops. Not the most complex example of an IIPA out there, but definitely one of the more easy drinking ones.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Simply one of the best Imperial IPAís out there. Pours clear orange with a wuge white head. Aroma is grapefruit, hops, and pine. A sweeter Imperial versus, say Ruination or Pliny, but very good. Hops are all over the place, but with a sweet citrus back. Malt must be there to tame the hops, but canít really taste it. Great balance, incredible beer.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy nose, loads of grapefruit and a tangy fruityness, light sweetness underneath. Deep amber body with a medium sized white head. Juicy hoppyness in the flavor, lots of grapefruit, very light maltyness, ends very dry. Just too one-dimensional for me.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy amber color with off white head. aroma is hoppy and grapfruity, but a bit too sweet for me. the hoopy, piney, fruity taste isnít bad, but there are sweet undertones. tingly in th mouth. not a bad beer, but not a gret one.