sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask at NotLA. crazy hoppy, maybe the hoppiest beer i’ve ever had. extraordinarily bitter. i didn’t like it all that much, but i’ll overrate it for achieving that title.
Zeswaft (1495) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Weird, could have sworn I’ve had this before. Super dry-hopped with cascades in the cask. NotLA 2007. All i can say is that it’s ridiculously hoppy. almost overly hoppy and i’m a hophead. Extremely pungent citrus aroma. and mouth puckering bitterness.
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 on cask at the Night of the Living Ales 07. i really enjoyed this on cask. very fresh hop flavor balanced nicely.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Tasted better than I remebered it. Very nice floral nose, very well balanced falvors of floral hops, citrus, malts and even some caramel. Actually less of a hop bomb than the Racer 5 but more complex.
DYCSoccer17 (3510) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
4 ounce sample from Bistro’s IIPA Fest. This was the 3rd beer I tasted at the festival. Musty, earthy, orangey citrus hops in the nose with some mild hempiness in the background, too. A light sweetness balances the mustiness in the nose. Transparent amber body with a smallish off-white head. Some earthy hop flavors are present in the start, although it is somewhat ill-defined. Chewy, roasty malts with some mild sweetness in the middle. Some strange musty, swampy flavors come in late with a bit of an ethanol presence. This is very ordinary and doesn’t really jive for me. I’ll take Racer 5 over this, thank you.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Toronado. I’m a huge Racer 5 fan, this was disappointing. Great looking beer, nice amber color with off white head. Aroma is of hop hop hop, taste is of overpowering bitterness with no sweetness offsetting it. Failed IIPA IMHO.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Fruity and citrusy hops. Grapefruit and orange. Hoppy and malty flavor. Sweet. Caramel roasty notes. The finish is nice and bitter. Well balanced with malt and hops. Full bodied. Very drinkable.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap @ Liars Club: somewhat dark, with a nice head. Taste is very sweet, but very drinkable. Not as good as Racer 5 in my opinion, but good nonetheless.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark pour, with hops, and more hops, actually thought the Alc. Cont. was higher, but it was on an empty stomach..lol. Abit of resin, citrus, but pretty easy drinking for the style, great sample. On tap at Hollingshead’s
StoutsRights (10) - USA - APR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious and sweet (moreso than Racer 5, which is good in its own right). It’s strength is masked by the aforementioned factors. Similar to YuleSmith but not quite there. On tap at Anthill Pub at UC Irvine.