MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle thanks to BBB63. Cloudy orange with a smallish head. Aroma of tropical fruit (pineapple) and oily resin. Good tropical fruit taste with a fair amount of caramel balance. Iím surprised this isnít rated higher. Maybe theyíve tinkered with the recipe since 2005.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this one.
It pours a hazy amber with a very thin head. The aroma is oily/hoppy with pine & citrus notes. The flavor is palate-scrapping hoppy.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Bottle drunk on 4/18. Hazy orange/amber color. No head. Malty citrus hop aroma. The taste was the same with light caramel notes. Thicker body. Pretty good.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a slightly hazed dark amber body with a creamy beige head that coats the glass in sheets. At the base of the aroma are rich malts and caramel. The hop bitterness is a bit of a mishmash, pine, grapefruit and herbs clashing together to create a sharp earthy scent. They become more clearly defined in the taste, each bitter flavor blending in more friendly fashion with the others. The strong malt backbone works hard to support the onslaught of the hops, but they win out in the end producing a prolonged bitter finish. Sounds nice, too. A good DIPA.
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AWISLguy (934) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a party pig Steve needed me to have (he has underrated taste!) gotten from the brewery stating "Hop Monster" so I gotta believe it is no longer retired. Thanks Steve and ck1!! Pours a muddy unclear orange brown with no carbonation or head (pig related??). Aroma is citrus fruit and resin, with a bit of wood. Taste is bitter fruit and resin. Some caramel back, adding sweetness. Alcohol showing up too. A bit thick; not sure if it is from the pig or not. Finishes with some length - with bitterness and sweetness. A solid east coast double ipa with maltiness and hoppiness.
1FastSTi (3237) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Aroma: Perfumey hops, citrus hops, caramel malts. hint of gingerbread.
App: White head. Bubbly and lasting. Clear copper color. Good carbonation. Very good lacing.
F: Sprucy hops, bitter grapefruit hops, caramel malts.
P: Very bitter, sweet.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I do believe it was BBB63 who introduced me to this at the DL Release after-party. Slightly hazy orange golden. Nose is quite nice--hoppy with a good dose of apricott. Slightly dry and nicely bitter. This is a very nice IPA but it really bothers me that itís called Hop Monster and it just isnít... well, maybe in LaPorte but that just doesnít fly around these parts.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler fresh for tap that morning, opened at DL post-release gathering: Golden hue with a firm head and excellent lace. The aroma has a piney and grassy hops note with some toasty malts and grapefruit esters. The taste has a sharp hoppy forefront with a bready malt backdrop. Additional undertones of citrus and minerals. The feel is average, biting. Pretty good beer Chuck, stepping up. I enjoyed it and hoped others did as well.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the growler BBB63 brought to the DL release party back in April. Golden-orange colored with a thin white head. Aroma is very citrusy - mandarin oranges, grapefruit and some spruce. Smoothly carbonated, could use a bit more body, seeing as it an IIPA. I thought this was quite nice
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Pours a clear amber color, small white head. Small white head, little to no lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, slightly astringent. Flavor is full of piney hops, mixing in with grapefruit and other fruits. Huge thanks to BBB63 for sharing this one.