MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
8/11/02 Rerate: Have to rerate this to up it. Wow. Doh! If you like hopmonsters (like I do), you’ll like this one. Auburn-reddish color with a thin white sticky head. Hops are huge in the nose, very floral and full of pine, smell richly sweet and promising of lovely things. Flavor is simply a hammer full of hops, strong and floral. The finish has lingering sweetness with a vaguely nutty big maltiness. A very well-balanced brew. Alcohol definitely rises to the front as it warms, a mite medicinal, but not enough to mask the nice hops. Is wonderfully creamy, slides right down the gullet. One of the best hop-loaded ales I’ve had in a long time. Currently locked in a bitch-slap fight with Stone’s Ruination for the best hopmonster ale out there right now.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice looking brew.Copper colored pour with a big head. Aroma is hops balanced out by more hops.This is a big beer. Big hop bite at the front with enough malt to cut through at the end. Bear Republic is another great California brewer.All their stuff is quality.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2003 Rating #1 Bottle (8 4 7 4 17). A foamy white head on a brown body with some rising bubbles. Intense hop and rye aroma. The hops just overwhelm the senses with this beer. It was dry and had a fairly thick body which was a nice treat. Rating #2 - Bottle (8 5 7 4 17). A hazy brown color with a foamy tan head. The aroma has a strong hop drive on a good malt base. The hops hit both at the front and at the end of the aroma and carry well into the flavor and bitter finish. The flavor is all bitter, caramel, and rye. Rating #3 - Bottle (8 4 8 4 17). Dark orange brown in color with a laced tan head. A sweet caramel and hop aroma with a hint of chocolate or dark malt. A robust malty rye flavor with a sweet floral accent.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Amber appearance with milky,creamy,head.Sticks to the glass like glue.I couldn't fairly explain the aroma.It is too intense.The 18%rye makes all the difference.Overwhelming hop aromas and flavor are balanced by the earthiness,lively rye presence.Huge syrupy,caramel,candy,front is balanced perfectly.Their is also an appeitizing underlying toastiness. The slow carbonation and thickness help balance this HOPPY beauty to perfection.Quite assertive,and nice hop flavor,my ass.This is intense for the drinkability.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange-brown. Nice hop nose. Sweet malt well balanced by the bitter hop bitter. An outstanding IPA. (American Strong Ale ???)
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 I agree with Argo that it's pretty high-gravity, despite being barely able to tell because of the hops. Hop city, hop city, hop metropolis. Searing aroma, lasting clinging head. Has to be the highest IBU beer I have ever had. Resinous, but not as much, not as thick, as Stone's 5th Anniversary. Slightly cleaner, crisper than that one as well, but doesn't quite have the malt balance, so it's a tradeoff. This is a killer. Transport me back just 8 months ago, and as brother VENOM makes clear, I would be sobbing.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber color, almost ruby. Not quite clear with hop residules floating about. Creamy off white head and lace. Nose is FULL of resinous hops and a hint of what may be the rye. Medium to thick bodied. Smooth crystal malt backbone with wisps of caramel and rye. Hops just destroy the palate and throat which leave their mark long after the swallow. One of the longest finishes in recent memory. The thickness of the body and sweetness of the malt make this soo damn drinkable considering the hop onslaught. The rye adds tons of character both at the beginning and at the end, it really stands out. A very well made brew and one to seek out. Slightly reminicent to arrogant bastard.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Insanely hoppy - even more so than DFH 90-Minute IPA. Like hop juice run amok. Long, lingering bitter aftertaste hangs around seemingly forever. Not much malt. Sorry, just can’t get into this one.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Re-rate 2002: Had to try again after every one else’s raves. Big bad bold aroma, hoppy with citrus and pine elements. Another smell noted, perhaps the rye. Taste is quite hoppy, particularly cascades, and some malts prevent too much of an imbalance. Rye is definitely noted here. Goes down incredibly hoppy. Alcohol makes its presence felt more than tasted, having an almost numbing effect in the mouth. Overall, it gets a bump up from my original rating, but it’s still nowhere near my favorites. Tasting Notes from Fall 2000: Alcohol-flavor dominates the flavor of this otherwise decent beer
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Chestnut-accented amber colour. Citrusy, woody hop aroma with toasty malts...maybe a hint of crystal in there. Crisply bitter, moderately-sized body. Toasty and woody with dashes of lemon juice and light grainy notes (presumably rye, but it’s indistinctive to me). Dry, woody finish.
Original notes: Fiery amber; aroma is great - lots of hops, kicking back with well-extracted, quality malts. Caramel, rye notes add accent to a delicious, different brew.