jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light orange tinted amber with a medium white head that sticks around. Aroma is citrus, pine and a slight spicey and floral hoppiness with a mild malty sweetness. Flavor is a medium to high citrus, resiny hops and a slight floral undertone. A nice soft but sweet maltiness rounds off the hops so there are no sharp edges. Palate is nice and creamy if you get some of the head in your sip. Maybe its just because I haven’t and an IIPA in a while but this seems to be one of the most quaffable IIPAs I remember having. I think this is what Two-Hearted would be if it was made into a Double IPA (If I remember Two Hearted correctly).
Tejas (851) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 This is an IIPA? Could’ve fooled me. Really big aroma. Love that! Darker than I anticipated compared to 11. Typical Avery alcohol flavor which I could do without. Really malty for an IIPA. I would’ve preferred more of a hop bite, especially for an IIPA. Not a very good representation of an IIPA if you ask me. Glad I still got 4 bottles of 11 in my pantry. Disappointing. My rating will be skewed higher due to the aroma.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear glistening amber body topped by a dense off-white head that leaves nice sheets of lace in its wake. The aroma is loaded with resinous pine, medium grapefruit and a sufficent helping of sweet malt. The flavor is big and hoppy. Quite bitter all throughout Nice clear glistening amber body topped by a dense off-white head that leaves nice sheets of lace in its wake. The aroma is loaded with resinous pine, medium grapefruit and a sufficent helping of sweet malt. The flavor is big and hoppy. Quite bitter all throughout Nice clear glistening amber body topped by a dense off-white head that leaves nice sheets of lace in its wake. The aroma is loaded with resinous pine, medium grapefruit and a sufficent helping of sweet malt. The flavor is big and hoppy. Quite bitter all throughout Nice clear glistening amber body topped by a dense off-white head that leaves nice sheets of lace in its wake. The aroma is loaded with resinous pine, medium grapefruit and a sufficent helping of sweet malt. The flavor is big and hoppy. Quite bitter throughout. Medium resinous body with some light alcohol late. Very quaffable for such a big beer. Enjoyable IIPA.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - APR 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen, but none needed either. Fruity esters hit the nose before the beer is even poured. Golden amber color when released from the bottle.
Thick, sticky, white head clings to the glass desperately for the ride to the bottom. Aromas are of caramel malts, juicy hops, some alcohol, slight oak barrel, macerated tropical fruits, rum soaked vanilla beans, and esters galore. Thick, sticky mouthfeel clings to your tongue & throat like a death grip.
Extremely malty, very hoppy, and deliciously satisfying. Pick up 10 bottles like I did.
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber body, thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is highly hoppy, lots of grapefruit and a touch of marijuana. Flavor is an explosion of hops; really bitter and dry, with a lot of pepperiness, pine needles, and orange peel, as well as a barrage of sweet, sticky maltiness balancing it out. Finishes dry; alcohol hardly evident. Palate is a bit thin, but the monstrous flavor profile more than makes up for it. Nice.
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Rerated with a fresher sample:
Slightly hazy dark orange amber with a small white head. Deep sweet Simcoe and other Cascade family hops in the aroma. Fruity hop flavors up front with a bracing of biscuity malt and resinous bitterness in the finish with tinges of diacetyl. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and fairly sticky.
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a nice copper color with a big fluffy white head. There of course is a nice hop aroma. It has a somewhat thin mouthfeel for such a big beer, but none the less the flavor is pretty good, but lacking anything that sets it out from the crowd of double IPA’s
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper/ruby color with big off-white head that provides plenty of lacing. Aroma of hopcit, spices, fruit. Tastes malty, with solid but not overpowering hops and some black pepper and fruity hints. Smooth, fairly dense mouthfeel. BBB63, I’m curious...and your descriptions are much better than mine...what is "Star Anise?" Is that what happens when I ask my wife to touch her toes while nude?
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized beige head with excellent retention and a healthy lace. Clear, deep copper visuals. Nose is fruity, spicey, citrus infused. Med/full body, lightly resiny. Full, spicey hop flavors dominate, earthy and flowery, big but gentle at the same time. Crystal and pale malts play quietly in the background but are well represented no matter. Alcohol is well dispersed in the mix. A surprisingly crisp DIPA! Finish is medium dry and fruity. A nice enough DIPA though not as agressive as i expected.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 This brew pours a clover honey color with leanings towards amber. Has a nice frothy off white head that lingers a bit. Deliciously fresh pine resin greets your nose immediately. There are also some yeasty hints hiding in there. Fresh and inviting. The flavor has a malt and sweet caramel base with citrus and spicy hops right on top. The flavors are almost separate…very interesting. The body is medium and crisp, as well as a bit oily which let the hops hang around. I’m not sure this will age well at all, but for the time being…it is very nice!
I just had the second bottle of this that I bought at the same time as the first one. I’m amazed how quickly this has deteriorated. The hop presence was significantly reduced in both aroma and flavor. What was left was more of a musty aroma and taste that really lacked (probably a 3.4-3.5). Drink this stuff FRESH!