RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bditty187 for this bottle.
Pours a hazy bright orange with a fluffy two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. tha lacing is very sticky, as you would expect from a very hoppy beer.
Smell; initially this is on the floral side, but then a ton of citric aromas come wafting out of the glass, with grapefruit, oranges and lemons. I can also can detect a nice sweet malty backbone, that should help offset those hops.
Taste; as with the smell this starts out floral on the first couple of sips. Then the citrus dominates with the oranges, grapefruits and just a touch of lemon thrown in. The malts are definitely there, and provide a sweet undercurrent to the hops. On the finish I can feel the alcohol a bit in my nose, and a bit in my throat, but it never becomes distracting.
Mouthfeel is a touch on the ful side, and the drinkability on this is just incredible. I could drink a few of these without feeling completely pummeled by the hops, but I think the alcohol would definitely knock me out.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I got the last bottle from The Cellars LexLarp in St Paul. Though they tell me it is the last one, they seem to find another case somewhere. Pours a golden orange amber with a thin head. Aroma - very very flowery sweet hops. Hops and more hops, I can barely keep my feet on the ground. Taste as an extra charged IPA on steroids with hints of grapefruit, peach and apricots. Wow! Great body with a nice touch of dryness in the finish.
dogfishho (656) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a strange greenish orange color with a nice thick, creamy looking head that produces nice lacing on my glass. The aroma is pure flowery fresh hops. Feels like sticking your nose into a handful of fresh picked hops. The flavor is very nice and smooth. Despite being powerfully lemony with hop citrus delicousness, there is something about it that balances out the exptectedly rough hop character. I would say that it is a malt thing, but I am having a hard time detecting their flavors. Overall, a nice, refreshing hop monster that doesn’t overwhelm.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle brought by Criag to the gathering. Fruity grapefruit aroma. Orange body with decent head. Flavor was a good dose of fuity citrus you would expect from an IPA. Dry bitter aftertaste but not too bad. Good refreshing beer near the end of the gathering.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to decaturstevo for the bottle. Deep orange in color with avg. sized white head. Big nose of citrus, pine and carmalized sugars. Very hoppy up front with alcohol to boot. I found the balance a good match. Great mouth feel and finish, wish I could have more!
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks to GrbDg), batch 7690 poured a clear pale/gold color with almost no head. Aroma was loaded with pine, citrus, grapefruit, sweet caramel and loads of alcohol. Taste was not as bitter as you think with the alcohol playing a big part. I think the malts need to be brought out more to help mask some of the heavy alcohol notes.
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, batch 7775. Pours amber orange with a average size creamy white head. The lacing leaves a film on the whole glass that stays from the top all the way down to the bottom. The head sticks around too. The aroma is of citrus fruits. The first taste reveals some roasted malts, but this beer doesnt play around the hops. Very heavly hopped. Pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and lemon. It is fruity too, I am tasteing some pear, peach and pineapple. When you first taste this one it is very sweet and very bitter, then the sweetness falls back but the fruity bitterness still is very heavy. The body is medium to full with a creamy texture with lively carbonation. For a beer this creamy and smooth it is carbed a little high. I wish Bells would make this one a mainstay instead of a seasonal. I prefer this one over there Two Hearted Ale, but it is about 5 or 6$ more per 6 pack.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another one from SoLan. This guy is a baller. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a very light white head. Very enticing looking. Monster grapefruit hops smell, with some pine in the background. Light citrus surrounding the hops. Almost smells like pure grapefruit juice. Taste is quite powerful and distinct. You get that big grapefruit in the taste as well, with the alcohol presentng itself up front and in your face. Kind of bitter finish, a little tart, but satisfying. Hops are big, bold, and big again. Now this is a double IPA.
Kinz (3470) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Draft at Capital Ale House Innsbrook, part of the post 10k recovery plan. If I had been thinking, which I wasn’t after running 6.2 miles, I would have told Maniac and Starfireming we were going. Oh well. Hey Maniac, they had this on tap again! Medium orange, decent fine head. Aroma was hop focused, mostly grapefruit with a touch of pine. Some gummy malts hold it all together nicely, biscuit flavors barely emerging, while the focus remains squarely on a standard hop offering of grapefruit, pine, and a touch of pineapple. Nice stuff here. RERATE: 2/9/11 of the now painfully hard to find and rare Hopslam. Not quite as drinkable as it used to be, hops are touch more abrasive, alcohol a bit more present, but still a really good beer. The hype these days is incredible, only got a sample of it due to the generosity of Derek and An to the JRHB.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a hazy typically carbonated body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was of the malt hop variety. The very hoppy mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a mellow aftertaste. The good flavor contained notes of nothing but hops. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.