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 (6768) - 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 (3350) - 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.
beerstar (19) - Reston, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
That "Commercial Description" holds no weight. Biting- no, Bitter- not so much, Bruiser- YES. This beer deserves a new class. It is neither a Dub. or an Imp..
It is a classic. A beer that does not conform to the styles that we rate by.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Dickinsonbeerís on 1/20/07. cloudy golden color, off-white thick foamy head. aroma is cat piss, armpit sweat, and pine needles. flavor is sweet white sugar malt and lots of bitter hop, bitter finish.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 My top beer of 2007! Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Cloudy light orange-brown. Big fruity, juicy hop aroma with a hint of bubblegum. Flavour is perfect for everything itís not. Itís not syrupy. Itís not a BW with lots of hops. The alcohol is very restrained. Just delicious fruity hop juice. Maybe itís where my palate is but my tongue survived un-bruised.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in a trade from pantanap-- thanks!! Pours a classic orangey color, pretty hazy but not overly so, khaki head that dissipated quickly except for penumbra on the glass. Lots of citrus (especially pineapple) hop aroma with more grass and pine than the west coast hop bombs Iím used to. Sweet up front, tangy grapefruit hops with almost no malt, tingly finish, hidden alcohol. Quite understated despite everything.
jps1978us (1) - Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Get the yeast in there...waste not, want not. It really rounds out the smoothness... and the protein is good for you. Barely noticable caramel malt taste; A sprucey/piney aroma, strong hops flavor, yet remarkably smooth after taste...usually. Have noticed between different 6-packs some inconsistancies as far as overall flavor...never really bad, but some better than others. Some have more apparent alcohol taste than others. Either way, holds a nice head all the way down. Would recommend a large snifter for moderate drinking....Ha Ha Ha
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