37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Havy orange-yellow with a thin, greenish head. Big citrus and pine aroma. Hops come through all the way through the taste. Malt backbone is strong though and the alcohol comes thru as well. Very drinkable for such a big beer.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nose is citrus hops with a sticky sweetness. Clear orange, light head. Amazing flavor, sweet orange and smooth bitterness. Fantastically drinkable. An immensely successful 2IPA.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Bottle from ucusty. Pours a hazy off orange color with a thin head and decent lacing. Aroma of big citrus and pine with an underlying touch of honey and malt. Hops upfront with citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine) and pine. Secondary flavors include honey, and some caramel malts. This is almost insanely drinkable. After the hops come a little lingering honey chewiness. Pretty good, almost great, but I would rather have a Pliny.
Second bottle I had was oxidized. Hops were flat and dull and the flavor was actually unpleasant. Because I tasted it up against Uber Hoppy and Pliny and it didnít stand up, I am lowering the score.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Rusty Diamond for this puppy! Poured a bright orange-amber with a small sudsy whitish head. Lots of grainy, resinous and sweet notes. Like many big hoppy beers, but strangely balanced by the honey and bland of malts and hops. Still quite bitter, but a nice imperial IPA. Much love!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a cloudy golden amber with a foamy off white head. Aroma is dominated by citrus and floral hops with a nice touch of maltiness, grapefruit and pine. Flavor once again dominated by citrus hops. Nice malt backbone with hint of citrusy grapefruit and lemon. Alcohol very well hidden. Sweet bitter dry hop finish. Perfection!
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 bottle from ucusty, thanks dude! tutti fruitti aroma like childrenís bubblegum, yet strangely not artificial. was this from the honey? sharply bitter, at first i donít find it like these crazy over the top nw ipas, but as i continued to sip, the surrounding bitterness built up to a happy peak. --- Batch 8908 opened 1/12/10 with just over a year on it, recently received in a trade. Looks spectacular in the glass, photogenic shapely white head over amber gold. Getting oxidized at this point and as the hops are falling off itís drinking more like a sticky barley wine. Not all that tropical. Now I must get this fresh! 012811 Batch 10115, sent as soon as foppa could send it, thanks dude. Back to the inviting gummy tropical notes, fresh and sticky. Yes, this deserves its acclaim. Bright and sunny, grapefruit and honey accented with pine tar. Dig it.
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Awesome. Powerful IIPA that starts with an appealing hazy orange color. The scent is a massive dose of pineapple and other fruit. The taste though is anything but sweet. Its bitter with a long aftertaste.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy orange with a small foamy head. Aroma of hops and citrus dominates this one. Taste of hops, malt, honey with a little bitterness that mingles with sweetness dance off of my tongue, yum. The Alcohol is very well hidden too, holy crap this is good. Another winner from bells.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a small lacy white head. The nose is citrus and sugar cane. I could smell it forever. The taste is slight tangerine with a little sweetness and the Hopslam. Too over the top for me on the finish but the hop heads will love it.
cykyc (28) - USA - MAR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(I first enjoyed this at Barley Johnís, on tap. This is my taste of the bottled version.)
The brew has a light, mellow hops aroma. The flavor rises on the tongue and tastebuds. Itís not as strong as some double / imperial IPAís initially. Itís actually a bit mellow at first. But, then the flavor just rises up like a wonderful sunrise! I taste earthiness, then the hops, and then spices. Itís as enjoyable on tap as it is in the bottle!