TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 This was the first imperial IPA Iíve had and it was quite tasty. The first thing that came to mind was grapefruit. I picked up another bottle of this and will re-rate soon.
hopdog (8824) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to egajsiz! Poured a clear ísee throughí amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and carame. Tastes of citrus (oranges and grapefruits), caramel and light pine. Nice sweet to bitter balance. Citrus burps. Chewy body.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
LIke most, this is an example of a company that has done a very good job with the IPA, but has not really made it stand apart from the crowd of very good IPAs. Some fruit notes are noticable (was that apricot?), but little else to make this good IPA a great one.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, amber body with a thick, fluffy head that quickly diminishes leaving a thick layer of crazy lace. Big, hoppy aroma thatís mostly citrus (lemon and grapefruit), fresh pine, caramel, cereals, whole grains and perhaps a touch of brown sugar. The body is smooth, but not quite full enough to carry the hop bitterness. The flavors are good but not all that amazing. The sweet caramel and malt are given plenty of opportunity to shine before the bitter hops come through. Not as bitter as expected, but the balance is nice. All told, this isnít bad, but certainly not my favorite.
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper/prange in the glass with a half inch of cloudy white head. Some lacing. Aromas knock your socks off, with a pungent fir, orange, and spices (cinnamon and cardamom, maybe). Exotic and true to the IPA style at the same time. A mild hop bite is the initial taste, some complex matiness follows, and there is a long, full, five-minute finish that contains some of the spices and all of the hops. This is the biggest, smoothest IPA I can remember. Immediately one of my all-time favorites. Rave reviews to the guys at Avery on this one.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good but not great, not exactly what I would expect out of a IIPA. Balanced but lacking in a tad more sweetness and with a little more lace. Would buy again.
agl108 (780) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Thanks to lamas for the bottle. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep orange with a bubbly white head. Powerful hop aroma that socks you in the nose with pine and citrus. Ridiculously bitter, too much for my liking. Finishes hoppy. Flavor is complex and hides the high ABV well. I believe this is my first Imperial IPA...Iím not sure Iím a fan of the style. Perhaps I should sample others...
RERATE on 3/30/08
22 oz. bomber. Bottled 2/08. FRESH tasting citrus with grapefruit, lemon, and oranges are clearly evident. Hides the alcohol extremeley well. Thin. My palate has clearly evolved for the better over the past few years
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Monsterous hop and malt aroma, as good of ana aroma as Iíve smelled in my favorite category of beer, taste is that wonderful malt-hop sweet mix that Iíve grown so fond of, the taste however is a little lighter than the aroma promised, so while I love this, I canít rank it with the really bold Three Floyds, Dogfishead, and Stone Imperials
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Pours golden with crimson highlights and a tight cream head. The hop aroma is absolutely top notch. Clean, bitter and intense. Unfortunately, the bark is worse than the bite with this IIPA. The hop body is somewhat subdued (for an IIPA of course) but balances nicely with loads of creamy malts.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange color with a beige head. Aroma of resinious hops and malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and hops. Sweet hoppy finish. Pretty mild for a double IPA.