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 (1459) - 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 (868) - 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 (1524) - 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.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: poured orange with a thin wispy head. It may have been too cold but there was little aroma. Flavor was sweet malt, a bigger hop profile than the aroma led me to believe. Alcohol was well hidden. This was a smooth drink. I enjoyed it.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Interesting,this came in a single,cardboard box,not a case?? Glowing,oarnge/brown. Fat,sticky,mountain of head. Aroma is big on pine,passion fruit,bready malts,with caramel and alcohol fighting for the last spot. I want to say balanced aroma,but just not as one sided,hoppy as expected from Avery. Smooth,but slightly,chewy body. Man,this is malty. Start is hoppy,with just the slightest alcohol hint. The middle is loaded with malts,lots of caramel. Actually,the tounge is stained with caramel,and bready malts. Finish is a hop cone. All sorts of fruity and pine hops. Great hop combination. You know,I dare say a double IPA is balanced or smooth,but if one is close,this is it. I am highly,enjoying this if it means anything....
More notes:2nd bottle consumed cold,and didnít enjoy at all,this is a beer,to chill,not get cold!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful deep, clear amber with a thick off-white head. The aroma, although good, is more subdued than I would have expected for this type of brew: malty and hoppy with a twinge of alcohol. The flavor has notes of sweet malt, grapefruit/citrus, PINE, resin and a touch of vanilla. Bitter, but very well balanced. Thereís a definite alcohol presence that becomes more evident as the beer warms. Rich and malty, very close to barleywine territory. The body is very full, round and creamy - coats the mouth nicely. Subtle carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in nice rings, GREAT, thick head retention. Very nice beer.