MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with soft haze. forms tight white head. Aroma hits you with pungeant citrus grapefruit and mollasses. Starts out grassy sweet quickly dominated by the tongue curling hop bitterness made up of grapefruit, pine, pear and even pineapple. Finishes moupuckering bitter that lingers just long enough. very little malt presence. Warming and Over the top.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Date: January 12, 2007
Appearance: hazy golden, wispy white head
Aroma: slightly sweet citrus aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: good hop flavor with nice sweetness, mellow bitter finish, touch of pine sap
Date: March 09, 2007
Score: 3.3 to 3.5
picking up more pine sweetness in the aroma but it quickly fades or saturates, adding a bit of sedement adds a nice bready yeast character the balances the sweetness and improves the overall complexity, I still donít love this beer like a lot of people but it is starting to grow on me
Date: June 07, 2007
Source: Ale Atlanta
Score: 3.5 to 3.9
picking up a ton of fruity orange and tangerine, still nice balancing hops but the fruity malt has taken over making this a great beer, a year of age is the key on this one
Date: January 22, 2010
Aroma: big sweet honeyed grapefruit aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, citrus hops, plenty of bitterness
Overall: too much bitterness for the sweet aroma
Date: January 28, 2011
Source: hop city
a bit more balanced with the honey sweetness balancing the bitterness, still plenty of citrus but not over the top,
Date: February 05, 2011
Appearance: muddy orange, creamy beige head, solid lace
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet flavor, honey and malt, lots of hops, touch of citrus, light peppery spicyness
Overall: the creamy body of the cask combined with the subdued hops make this way to dangerous
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Date: February 09, 2008
Score: 3.9 to 4.0
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with nice fruity hops
Flavor: strong orange and tangerine flavor from the first bottle of the batch, bitterness is just enough to add balance but stay out of the way
Overall: now this is the vintage worth raving about
Date: April 25, 2008
Source: bruisin ales
the honey sweetness in the aroma balances and complements the citrus hops,
bridgland77 (1) - USA - AUG 29, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
hands down the best imperial pale iíve ever tasted. Crisp, hoppy. The first sip sets the tone.
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 by far, one of the best IPAís that Iíve ever had. picked this up on a road trip down from Michigan to Florida. had no idea what to expect. the beer has the perfect balance of hoppiness to create a smooth, but not overpowering, DIPA.
4.1.08 - re-rate.
lots more honey than I remember from last yearís batch. even better than before. lots of hops, but not as strong as I remember it. the honey really tones it down. but in a good way. love love love this beer.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>shigadeyo, thanks Craig!) Really nicely-balanced...Pours hazy very slightly reddish amber with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel soft, nice, smooth, medium-full, touch of stickiness in finish. Flavor is medium bitter pine and grapefruit over
caramel and vanilla. About as straightforward a big IPA as I can think of - hops are there but not overpowering, there is some nice sweet malt presence and is only a slight bit hot esp. as it warms. Nice little bitter bite in finish. A nice smooth pleasant big IPA.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice floral hop aroma. Pours a lovely orange-yellow with a thick head. I thought the malt was overdone, giving it almost a sweet barley-wine type of profile. Still flavourful and overall solid brew, with a lingering hop finish.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 This might be my dissapointment of the year come award season in december. I was expecting something truly stunning. Something that would tingle my buds with that hop explosion I thought was promised. Instead I had a funky hop malt combo that was really a dulled down experience. Maybe a fresh one would suit me better, maybe. It improved as I sat and sipped, but from a 2.5 to a 2.9.
Rerate- Fresh bottle and damn thats good. Now I see why people are buying it buy the case in bunches. I honestly could have just sat there and consumed 3,4, 5 bottles of this. Unfortunatley I only had one. Bring Bells back to Illinois so I can keep a case of this in the fridge at all times.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 7806 from The_Epeeist. Pours with a little head of large bubbles that die immediately. Quickly fading small bubble surround the hazy orange-amber color. Nice strong hop aroma on the pour, but fades to very mild long-boil malty caramel honey notes. I taste a mellow, well blended hop-malt infusion. Heavy body. Not a hop bomb like I expected, but an excellent brew. I wonder if it has been aged a little.
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes from a trip to Grand Rapids. Pours a translucent copper with a small fizzy white head. Aroma is caramel malts, citrusy sweet hops, apricots, and honey. Flavor is a bit sharp and unbalanced, with a ton of bittering hops. I think the name suits the beer well. Body is thin, but the long lasting bitterness makes up for it. Not a bad brew, a bit extreme, but itís supposed to be.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/28/2008. Keg was about 6 months old. Clear golden amber body with a small creamy off-white head. Caramel and cirusy hop aroma, but somewhat diminished. Very mellow citrus and light resiny flavors on a gentle caramel background. Full body with moderate carbonation and a resiny hop finish. Still good, but not nearly as good as it is fresh. 7/3/7/4/16 - 3.7 (left out of overall score, since itís much better fresh)
Bottle. Batch 7806. Clear brilliant copper body with a small creamy white head that rapidly diminishes. Aroma of sweet caramel, sugar, fruit and citrus hops. Sweet caramel flavor with a delicious citrus hops compenent. 8/3/9/4/17 - 4.1