kgustaf (17) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unremarkable color but strong foam present a flowery aroma, with hints of lavender. Plenty of hops, sparkles on the tongue and warms the belly. The high ABV and complex flavor, along with the silky mouth feel make this beer a delicacy.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color with a tan head that is diminishing but a little stays. Aroma is piney and you can definitly smell the hops, however it is not as strong as you would expect for an imperial IPA. Taste is tart with bitterness at first followed by some sweetness. The finish is long and quite pleasent. Well done beer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Pours clear amber with a big bubbley white head, mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with pine and citrus. Flavor is pine needles and grapefruit, very bitter, very little malt presence. Finish is dry and with a lingering bitterness. Medium bodied.
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Hazy, golden, orange color. Poured with a decent white head. Initally this started bitter with a pine needle flavor -- bitter, earthy, grass. However, in the finish I found this to be overly sweet. It had a thick syrup like texture and this bag o’ sugar taste. The bitterness was nice but was drowned out by the sweet. Not a malt crispness, but a fake sugar overly sweet characteristic that I just did not like. There are some good aspects to this beer, but I will reach for something else next time.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBESG 2005, Orange beer with a small off white head. Malty, light sweet aroma with a hoppy fresh fruityness. Flavor starts malty and sweet, then becomes hoppy and fruity. Finish is dry and bitter.
oh6gdx (24330) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark golden colour, beige small head. Sweet fruity aroma with weak alcoholic hints. Sweetish alcohol and fruits in flavour. Sticky palate. Hoppy flowery aftertaste.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled - St Albans BF - Cheers for sharing this one Duff. A mid brown coloured beer with a good off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is hoppy, moussey and fruity. There are berry fruits rather than the massive citrus hit I was expecting. The taste is also fruity and moussey. Lots of mouth filling hops and a long finish. I seemed to be disputing the styles of the US beers we had. Thought this to be an American Strong but what do I know? What I do know is I enjoyed it.
TBone (15522) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark honey golden color, decent off-white head. Fruity, hoppy nose. Starting sweetish honeyish, then intensive flowery hoppy flavor. Medium to full bodied. Hophead’s paradise.
pilsnerrogge (2745) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber coloured. Ok head. Fruity aroma of hops and gooseberries. Fruity flavour of hops and dried apricots. A bit sweet but still tasty.
harrisoni (16583) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005, brought by Duff back from his visit to Boston. Deep orange colour with beige head. Intense IIPA hop nose. Just a huge beer. Sweetish but incredible. Really chewy hops. Subtle? No. Session beer? No. Still, lovely to drink. 4.4/5 Re-rate. Too hot and too much tea in it. Not as good as I remembered it, but then it was just about my first IIPA