kane (111) - USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I find it funny how, on a personal level, you come to expect these Imperial beers. And much like what Gene Siskel would say about a movie, " would the documentary of making this movie be better than the actual movie" I question if the regular version of said imperial beer would be any good. My main focus on these beers is the mouthfeel as I feel that is something the brewer can not cover up. That said this is an average beer, yes it has a lot of flavor and aroma but it feels thin, lacks a desirable aftertaste and creaminess that I look for and prefer.
Tmoney99 (12991) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at BP- Clough in Cincy. Golden dark amber with medium head that lasted the majority of brew. Medium aroma with citrus and spies. Medium body with good long finish. Good flavor with medium hop tone. Another very good Avery brew.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 2005 release. Aroma is suitably powerful and hoppy, plenty of citric fruit and pine, some faint, doughy, sweet, toasty and caramel maltiness in the background. Medium-dark orange amber color, filtered and clear with a slight, fine head and intricate, delicate lacing. Flavor profile is sweet and malty to start, some light, toasty, distinctly caramel sweetness picks up here and, though it varies in intensity, is present in some way throughout. About midpoint the resinous, fruity hops kick in, bringing some strongly herbal, citric flavors and a certain degree of bitterness but not to the anticipated extent, certainly, as the bitterness is kept in check by the thick, sugary malts and strongly assertive, long lingering alcohol presence. Smooth, oily mouthfeel, warming and semi-dry, with a richly full body. Distinctive packaging with crossed silver foil tulwars behind the namesake portrait on the label. Surprisingly alcoholic in character, even for the style. This makes aging a potentially interesting experiment, something I normally wouldnít say about an Imperial IPA.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big IPA tapped at the Extreme Beer Fest. Strong, citrusy herbal nose, pouring a golden orange with a decent head and great lacing. Flavor was well rounded and balanced, and had a wonderful hop bouquet. Palate was thick and full and very nice. A great offering from Avery.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, bomber: Poured transparent amber, with a bigger diminishing off white head. Big fruity hop nose. Flavor is lots of hops blended well with sweet malt, and unpleasent alcohol finish. Dry mouthfeel.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a marvelous IIPA. I was really intrigued that I didnít just get slammed with grapefruit aromas and flavors. This had some more complexity, more of that simcoe smell and taste. Very good. The malts were very present and it was just a nice big beer all around.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 thanks to jonathan for hooking this up.pours a copper clear with a medium head.aromas of mostly orange type hops.the flavor was very malty and sweet,more than expected.this is more like a barley wine than an i2pa.maybe some aging would help?(2007 RE-RATE OF THE NEW BATCH)wow,ya wanna talk about night and day here?the 07 boasts all the sticky pine/citurs hops a man(or woman)could ask for.you wanna talk about a jump in ratings???
fly (1452) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My hat off to this favorite of the major domos. Maharaja throwing some weight around the IPA nemenclature. Worthy of it as well. Thick and resonous. Delite dribbled from an alomost elusive state so near and yet so far. With this screaming, I sure canít forget. Avery rocks. No bodbt adout it. The feeling of near complete control on this monster. Sometimes a monster leashed is ugly. This is bottled bliss.
joet (2492) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious. Amazing thick and creamy body. Bears little resemblance to an IPA but itís great. Some dirt and must in the big hop nose thatís medium tomedium full of grass and herbs. Significant molasses and residual sugar is the only bummer. I;d prefer this lighter on the sugar to make it a bit drier, drinkable and acceptable with food. Overall very nice.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice aroma, heavy hops, and alcohol sweetness,
a bit of rasien, and caramel. Very malt and sweet,
In a few months this will probably be much more malty.
A pretty nice IIPA. Big Thanks to Odeed for bringing