Juelze (1131) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Pours a slightly hazy amber color with decent white head. Aroma is of rich ctrus notes which dominated my nose along with a faint nose of alcohol that lets you know that itís an IIPA. Taste is extremely citrusy with a lot of orange coming through. A hint of nectarine in the finish as well as some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is very resinous and oily. Nice sheets of lacing as the beer is consumed. A very solid IIPA!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
golden body, big fluffy white head that faded down pretty quickly. nose is hops ontop of hops ontop of hops, with some hops mixed in, and a hint of citrus. there was almost so much bitter hoppiness that it was sweet. flavor was just massive doses of hops, some flowerly lightness to the front end, but the back was a slick oliy bitterness that was just short of being overwhelming. the fact that is did come up short is actually what makes it so good...it seems that they found the perfect balance of enough malts to keep the hops in check, but still keep them almost invisible in the flavor...this is everything an IIPA should be.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 Pours out a nice deep golden yellow color with a medium beige head. Aroma was exremely hoppy with nice hints of grapefruit and some slight sweetness. Flavor is very hoppy witha nice grassy, grapefruit finish. WOW this is a very good IIPA
piscator34 (1884) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via Oakbluff on IIPA Saturday. Light amber in colour with medium carbonation. Huge hop aroma with notes of Centennial hops (orange/grapefruit), cut grass, and a bit of sweet tropical fruit. In the mouth, this beer is still all about the hops with loads of citric and light tropical flavors. Some sweetness is present as well, but the beer is not overly malty. Good drying bitterness. Great stuff!
omhper (18765) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pale amber, no head. Enormously powerful lychee-like hop aroma. Fairly sweet wih itís of caramelly maltto balance out the massive hop content, Like hop juice, but pleasantly soft, weaving a cottony fabric of hops around my tongue. Despite everything it still feels nicely drinkable. Very American and very good. One of the most aromatic beers ever.
IanWalker (6) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iíve been buying this in damn near every mixed six pack Iíve bought at the liquor store since it was released (one of the joys of living in Michigan - Bells is easy to come by). Hands down one of my favorite beers. Beautifully hoppy. Sweet aroma. Hop bitterness and flavor without overpowering the malt. I canít seem to speak highly enough about this beer. If you like IPAs, try this. And if you like Bellís Two Hearted, this blows it out of the water.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with Shigadeyo. Thanks Craig! (Batch 7690) Poured a clear copper with a creamy off-white head that leaves light lacing. Huge grapefruit aroma backed with orange peel and pine. Tasty flavor grapefruit and pine with a light hint of malts. Medium body a moderate but comfortable bitterness throughout. Thanks again Craig! Plus I have another in the frig....Bonus!!
Ibrew2or3 (6450) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown. Pours murky brown with lasting off white head. It has a full grapefruit hop aroma. The flavor follows suit with grapefruit juice hoppiness with hints of sweet malts in the background.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City, IA. Poured a clear dark golden/light orange color. Head was white with good retention and lacing. Pungent hop aroma with grapefruit, pine resin, grass, and dried leaf elements. There is also a hint of white wine. The grapefruit nose dominates after warming up a bit. Distinct citrusy grapefruit flavor with relatively modest hop bitterness. There is also a touch of lemon and tangible alcohol, again making the beer somewhat reminiscent of white wine. This stuff must be unbelievable on tap.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 bottle...man this is one sweet beer. i was surprised by how good this tasted....poured a light brown with a thin white head.the aroma was very enticingly citrusy and hoppy. taste is where this guy really excels. huge hoppy taste without any bitter bite at all. incredibly smooth and palatable. although i havenít rated many imperials, this one will be hard to top. excellent.