jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A hazed golden amber color with a white head. Grapefruit and peach, flowers and spices in the aroma. Honey and citrus, pine, grapefruit, and pineapple in the flavor. Dry and semi-sweet, with a bitter laced finish. This seemed just a little too sweet and unbalanced.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I must preface this with the fact that imperial IPAs are not my favorite style of beer, but I am expanding my horizons. Great color for an IPA with small flecks of hops. Delightfully fruity hop aroma that is remarkable. Flavor is of intense fruit and hops. The intense and unrelenting bitterness ruins my overall enjoyment of this beer. I feel that it lacks balance with this type of finish. That being said, I can see why this is one of the best double IPAs out there. It is complex and interesting in flavor and aroma.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, but itís no 90 Minute. The aroma is amazing. Very citrusy as well as herbal. Definitly worth a try.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 12oz. bottle - pours extremely thick and cloudy orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is absolutely amazing - perhaps the best smelling beer ever? Tonnes of intensely grapefruity hops, along with pine and other earthy notes. Some hints of other fruit in there as well - pear and mango even. The mouthfeel on this is thick and rich. Flavour - good lord this is amazing! First sip was incredibly bitter, but each subsequent sip was less intense and revealed much more of the same qualities found in the aroma. Tastes extremely fresh and for 9.5% I didnít pick up very much alcohol. Just tonnes of grapefruity hops with a good, smooth malt background. Amazing beer. The best IPA/dIPA Iíve yet had.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - DEC 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head and truly superior aroma, what differenciates this from other IPAs is the freshness in the aroma. Yes pine and spruce dominate, but there is grapefruit and even some bubblegum hints in the background. Again, there is decent balance here, with loads of freshness. Tons of bitter hops too. Flavor is a bit one dimensional compared to lets say Big Two Hearted Ale. But very nice. Thanks dad for bringing this down.
Nate (3470) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome aroma. Fruity pears, apricot, and grapefruit. Nice resin and fusel oil, pine cone and mild alcohol notes. Hoppy, fruity, and floral. Super nose to this one. Golden amber clear with a slight haze. This off-white wispy head. Medium heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with a nice malt sweetness. Big initial notes of grapefruit and pear. Great hoppy flavor. Big bitter finish with sweet malt notes and almost cloying. Alcohol is noticeable. One of the fruitiest and juiciest IPAs Iíve had. Nice bittering in the after and nice hops presence all around.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On TAP: The big frothy head confronted me as I stared at the thick hazy yellow body of this overpowering hoppy smelling thing. Although it was good. Very heavy mouthfeel with quite a alchohol presence when first tasted, followed by classic IPA bitterness and hoppiness. Crisp finish and smooth. Delish.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good citrus grapefruit aroma, super orangey. Light amber beer with super tight beige head. Grapefruit juice big time completely unbalanced most grapefruit juice tasting IPA ever. Bitter and also very sweet, almost sticky but not. Decent stuff, not really doing enough to stand out from the pack for me, though.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle pours a slightly hazy gold under a medium white frothy head that leaves behind decent lace as it settle to a fine thin layer of fine bubbles. Huge citrus and pine fresh hop aroma takes center stage with honey, apricot, and toffee as secondary players. Resinous and bitter behind a medium body, the palate is full and refreshing. In spite of the pervasive bitterness, there is still noticeable light malt sweetness for some needed balance. Not anything to compalin about here.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, syrupy pour with a pillowy white head. Nice pine resin aroma. Flavors of juicy grapefruit, pine and earth, semi sweet with the perfect bitter balance. One of the best 2IPAís Iíve had.