qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - APR 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, Light amber in color, very minimal to no head, med lacing, can smell the hops and the taste is hoppy with alcohol overload and a bit too much of bitterness.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet candied vegetable aroma. Clear copper coloured body with decent and lasting cover of off-white head. Strong bitterness and sweet candy-like malt body. Fairly thin and liquorous. Seems almost like a hopped up malt liquor. Snifter glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle sampled with Claude, MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, ClarkVV!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Styles. Deep orangish amber in color. Off-white to tan head lasts for a bit and then settles to a film leaving fantastic lacing. Aroma is muted, bits of citric hop, malt and something just a little off, perhaps vegetal or chemical. After I agitate this beast that pesky off aroma is more dominant. Medium to full bodied. Slightly syrupy. Flavors are malty caramel and solid hop bitterness. As the glass warms things get a bit harsh. Overall a fair IIPA.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber-orange hue proposes a thin white film, sticking to the sides of the glass. Closing onto grainy alcoholic nose. My tasting partners cleverly pointed out some malt liquor resemblances. Strongly hoppy though not very imperial by any means, not sharp at all. Mostly uninspired vaporous strongly vegetal hops pairing a sweet and flowery background. I canít help but be reminded of asparagus when smelling this. Grassy asparagus clearly figures in the taste portfolio to me as well, the vegetal character is very strong anyway, those hops are certainly well contained, but the malts feel void while thick, corn like though not DMS. Mouthfeel displays moderate carbonation which has a bite to it after holding the liquid in the mouth a bit. I donít know about that one, Iím a bit put off by the usual raw yeast and vegetables Avery notes which might be even stronger here than in most others.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled with SoCal RB guys...thanks to whomever who brought this..fruity citrusy grapefruit aroma. Not much else detected. Ok. Transparent golden color with nice small white head. Hoppy piney/sourish weird musty taste. Mildly astringent. Kind of weird. Not digging this.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve really enjoyed the concept of the Dictator series--good marketing ideas--but itís too bad they havenít had the balls to push it to the edges. Where is The Fuhrer, for example? Political correctness aside, I think this may have been the least successful of the three. Milky aroma, seemingless, with sweet overtones and a surprisingly subdued hop aroma for an Imperial IPA. Shockingly light in color, clear golden, with an off-white head. Quite hoppy in the flavor, however, and notes of carrots, and fruits, but in no way is there a major bitter rush. An interesting beer to try to tease out the flavors and aromas from the cloud produced by ones expectations.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival.
lightly copper color with a medium off white head.
Aroma is hops and citrus.
Flavor is hops and grapefruit.
Good IPA wish I had more as the small 8oz sample does not do this beer justice.
Had another bomber tonight.10-18-05 Big hops aroma.alcohol is pretty well hidden.
Strong hopy finish.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 2005 bottle from Julios, sampled 4/1/05. Deep copper-auburn-caramel colored body with a big, creamy, light beige head. Mostly lasting, but once itís gone, itís gone. Aroma of deeply bitter, citric, pine and resin hops. Yes, itís been a while since Iíve tangoed with these bitter of hops. I can still remember why I dont like them; the balance. Well, this one certainly is hoppy, but it has plenty of sticky caramel malt to provide balance, and Iím left without too much chagrin in the nose. Flavor opens up with a burst of pine and citric hops, bitter and dry, with syrupy resin mixing with sticky caramel. Hugely sweet, over-the-top and overwhelming, this beer holds back nothing. The finish is caramelly and less hop dominated than I was expecting, which is a pleasant surprise. Alcohol dries it out more, while the filtration seems to keep the body only a medium. Syrupy though, so it defies my attempt to call it too light bodied. Alcohol, residual sugar and thick caramel all combine on the end to make this a typical mess of a beer. . .
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had high expectations for this brew. I heard about well before it came out... although it didnít reach my high expectations (perhaps I overly expect =) anyhoo... it was still a damn good brew. It weighs in at a hefty 112 IBU and even though it has a good hop bite to it, it seems a bit tamer then 112 IBU. My main complaint is the alcohol isnít masked all that well. In the finish it turns out to be a fight between the hop kick and the alcohol... unfortunately the alcohol wins the battle (slightly).
Definitely worth a try!!!!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a copper color with a white head. Big piney aroma with some citrus hops in there too. Caramel malt underneath. starts with a lightly sweet malt then turns to a medium piney hop flavor and a big bitter hop finish. Medium to full body with a soft mouthfeel.