rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. RBESG -05.
Now this is the 2IPA! Citrusy nose, with notes of nuts and chocolate. Ultra-dry, very bitter with a slight sweetness behind. Extremely long finish.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich sweet mouhfeel. Nose was hops. Color was amber, head was decent with adequate lacing. This was a hooey sweet brew from Avery? Imagine?
ABUSEDGOAT (2565) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Cloudy amber body. Aroma is grapefruity/hops with alcohol. Flavor is much the same. Some caramel in there too giving it a syrupy mouthfeel. Lacking complexity, raw.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber color with big foamy white head. Aroma is very malty, with hints of cherry and oak and a bit of sweet hops. Flavor is malty, sweet, with caramel dominating, along with fruity notes of strawberry and cherry, with a bit of bitterness in the finish. Overall definitely on the malty/sweet side of the DIPA’s. I like it, but it’s a bit too sweet, and doesn’t really showcase its hops.
DanielBrown (4370) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Good aroma: hoppy and harvesty. Rich, syruppy mouthfeel. Flavour is sticky and hoppy; fizzy and orchard too. Sweet strength in the cardboard finish. Really good.
joergen (25813) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at RBESG 2005.
Clear orange coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles.
Sweet flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles.
Long hoppy finish.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper with a nice layer of cream colored fine head. Aroma is initially just hops. A bit different--more musky/catty than citrus grapefruit. Different and pretty nice. Some pleasant sweet malt is there too, after my nose gets used to the hops. Flavor is lip-smacking aggressive bitterness. The bitterness hits me a bit further forward in my palate than I am used to. Some malty sweetness starts to make it through after the initial bitterness, but just a small counterpoint to the hop-slap. Palate is a bit hard to nail down. Lots going on. I do get some alcohol burn. An interesting and different IIPA, but not Avery’s best work.
madsberg (11360) - Sřborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled @ RBESG2005: Dark golden coloured. Clear. Beige head. Very hoppy aroma. Herbal and flowery. Flavour is herbal, sweet, fruity, light citric and quite alcoholdense. Ends on a heavy and dry bitterness. Is quite well balanced.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle RBESG. Lots of hoppy aroma and burnt sugar. Rich, full, round and nice.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 I’ve become a fan of the Imperial IPA, and love the hoppiness. This was a great example of the style, surprisingly little c-hop.grapefruityness, but wonderfully piney flavors. Nicely balanced with its malt componant.