porterhouse (1580) - 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
muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loved this beer.
Poured a murky off-orange in color. I noticed some sediment in the bottom of the bottle but a bit snuck past my careful pour and hung in the beer. Thin head resting on top. Nose is malty with just a slight hop tang that belies what lies underneath.
Flavor is perfectly balanced. Hops are fruity and citrus. Like biting into a ripe orange. The first sip grabbed my attention. Malts never rise to the top but are consistently present throughout each sip providing a perfect balance. Hop oils linger around the edges of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but concealed well behind all the hops. A nice beer to enjoy a bottle or two at a time because after a couple my tongue would get numb.
ghouseguy (20) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorites. Open the bottle, pour in a chilled glass and let this one sit for a few minutes. The hop aroma is outstanding and the flavor is great all the way down. Has an outstanding finish as well. I love hops, and this beer is serious about that. For the level of hops in this beer, it is surprisingly balanced! Itís quite pricey, but it is worth the treat once a year when they brew it.
HarryHood (2) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The most well balanced double IPA Iíve had, this beer deserves itís high rating. Instant hop explosion when opened, citrus and floral aroma goes straight to your face. Let it warm a bit, this one gets better as you get to the end.
hapjydeuce (979) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another bottle acquired through a generous trade with pantanap. Thanks! Upon pouring this viscous hazy golden liquid, the area surrounding the glass was blown up with massive earthy hops aroma....a very good sign. Minimal head, but this brewís heavy malt and grapefruit aroma is intense! Tons of tree sap flavor with more citrus/grapefruit that ends in a serious hop profile. Very earthy finish with a good warming alcohol coat on the tongue, lingering flavors of syrupy malts. One hell of a DIPA. I wish I could get my hands on more of this stuff.