apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definetly a decent IPA, but it's not particularly original like notalush points out. However, it's pretty decently balanced for being so hoppy, and it has a nice full mouthfeel. Citrus and grapefruit aroma, somewhat sweet.
notalush (4173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I have officially had one too many imperial IPAs, because they now cease to excite or wow me - "yup, that's an imperial IPA," I say when I taste it, "sigh" - hoppy, moderately sweet and quite buttery, just like pretty much every other IIPA I've ever had - not as balanced as some of the greats, like T Floyds or 90 Minute, but quite thick and tasty none-the-less - I won't lower its rating just because I'm bored with the style, but man, am I the only person who feels this way?
NewYawker (15) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2004
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I don't know why people like this one. So unbalanced its not funny. Really bitter, it kind of burned my tounge. Looks nice, smells kind of citrous like and sweet, but way bitter.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IIPA pours with a deep amber/red body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and hoppy with nice piney notes, a slight grapefruit note, a touch of mango and a good bitterness. The flavor is slightly sweet yet mostly bitter, piney and hoppy with a touch of fruit (grapefruit and mango). Medium to full bodied, smooth and dry.
Kinz (2971) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at brewpub. Medium orange, decent head. Orange oriented aroma. The hops in the flavor just SMACK you. Earthy, spicey flavors dominate, with a nicely balanced malt sweetness. Wow! Very unique, with an almost homebrew-like character.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2004 A decent double ipa that isn't horrible nor does it stand out. Hoppy in the right ways, with great bitterness.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is all about American hops - fruity and citrusy. Nice amber color, great head retention and lacing. Whoo! Big kick of hop bitterness. Solid malt backbone to support it, though. Flavor is a potent blend of light caramel malts and spicy-citrusy hops. Body is medium-full, very smooth. Great hoppy, bitter, strong IPA!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 The aroma of hops hits you from halfway accross the room. Take the Racer 5 and double the hops (which is evidently what they did). The sweet character still comes through underneath the spicy hops. Long lingering aftertaste.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not the best Imperial / Double IPA, but a nice effort. As a session beer, I actually prefer the 5.
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
The beer has a clear amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is semi-creamy in texture and an off white color, with a decent sheet of lace to cover the glass. The nose is dominated by the hop floral aroma with sweet malt at the back, crisp and clean to the senses, start is sweet with a nice malt profile, top is middling in feel. Finish is delectable in its acidity and the hops pronounced in their spiciness with a bitter-sweet aftertaste that lingers on long after the beer is gone, had a few of these, yummy.