smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - last remnents of Gravity Head. Big grassy hop nose. Surprisingly smallish head that was quickly gone. Dark, dirty golden color. Taste of grassy hops, malt and alcohol. This is a good beer, but I’ve been having a few Great Divide Hercules lately - and much prefer it. I think because the hop flavor is somewhat hidden in this one. Hard to imagine this is true in 112 IBU, but ...
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was really looking forward to this one. The pour was a dark amber with a nice head. The initial taste was all about malts. The malts are too big to let the hops come through at first. The finish has a nice hop bite to it and the accompanying hop bitterness. well balanced, but could have been a bit more on the hoppy side.
BBB63 (6358) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle via Kevin: Glowing reddish amber hue with an initial large frothy off-white head that settles and left a very good lace on my NB goblet. The aroma has notes of fresh hop leafs, pine and pineapple, juniper berry, white pepper and star anise, with a hint of peat added in. The taste starts quite smooth and balanced really, I was expecting more of a hop bomb considering Avery’s more recent releases. Wonderful bitter and sweet balance with hops and malts working equally for a pure pleasure taste. The finish displays some spices and a hit of peat. The feel is smooth and metallic. I really dig this, yummy. One the most easy to drink big beers I have had in a while.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured golden with a then off-white head. Strong aroma of piney hops with candy undertones. Tastes of sticky malt and piney grapefruit. Has a bold IIPA taste, and though not the best balanced beer I’ve had, definitely a fine example.
rajendra82 (971) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From BA warriorsoul, this IIPA came in a 22 oz. bomber with a regal label and silver neck foil. The beer was poured out into a tulip, and looked clear deep reddish orange with a well proportioned creamy dense head.
The aroma was thick in its tropical fruit lustiness with grapefruit rinds, mangoes, and guava. The background was earthy and ripe like a mellow cheese.
The taste was as pleasurably intense as I was anticipating. The hops came up front with a peppery and citric snap. The malt was thick and chewy with a tongue coating caramel sensation. Overall the effect was like chewing on a hop flavored hard candy. The mouthfeel was smooth and the carbonation soft. The aftertaste lingered, making this more of a sipper.
Not a complex beer, but with such a solid cohesive structure, additional complexity would just get in the way.
lamas (1420) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Bottled in 2005. A reddish-orange pour with thick fluffy sandy head that leaves rows of lacing. Aroma is powerful and pungent. Like walking through a field of freshly cut grass surrounded by trees of ripe lemons, oranges and grapefruits. Easily the most bitter beer I’ve ever tasted. This is like crack to a hop head. Powerfully bitter and hoppy. Sweet and tangy at the start with a warming belt of alcohol throughout. Then, those hops kick in... Full, syrupy body. At 9.7% ABV and 22 oz. this beer slapped me in the face...and I liked it! Cool bottle too.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber $7.25. Bottled in 2005. This is god damn delicious. Some shade of amber and clear.Thick clinging head. Sweet fruity citrus hop aromas with notes of peaches, oranges, pine and tropical fruits of delight. Doughy aromas from malt also add to the pleasure. Body is full, syrupy and slightly sticky. Lots of bitterness in the flavor from start to finish. Sweet and super hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. Overall pretty much in line with most other good Imperial IPA’s. Another winner from Avery.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#300. Safire orange in color. Aroma is very grassy, with the predictable powerful hop bouquet. Other smells make themselves known at various times throughout the tasting, most prominently being grapefruit and honey, and nearer the end, some bakery characteristics - yeasty and elements reminiscent of lemon poppyseed muffins. Flavor is sweet and citrusy. Grapefruit gives way to buttery sourdough. Body is thick and oily, heavy on the palate; almost greasy. Solid malt stronghold effectively balances all 100+ IBUs. Warm glow at the back of the throat is the only hit of alcohol outside of aroma. Slightly astringent at the corners of the mouth in the aftertaste, but nothing that detracts. Very smooth but assertive. A big beer indeed. Well done.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish amber, white head, potent hop aroma, notes of citrus and pine. Initial sweetness of malts and potent hop finish in the flavor. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Altogether pretty good.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sparkling sunset orange, light tanned creamy head. Nose hammered home the hops with notes of sweet citrus (orange, grapefruit, maybe tangerine) and earth, light pine, melon, with some tones of grassiness, and finally sweet toffee lying just below the surface. A very "green" aroma is the way to sum it up. Flavor was well balanced with intense sweet malt first on the scene, followed quickly with that 112 IBU hoppiness. It never gets out of control bitter though, and actually hides the alcohol pretty well throughout (at least for me). Full bodied and syrupy, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Nice one Avery. No major complaints here....