muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (late December 2006 -- last 6-pack!) consumed from a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a bit below cellar temperature. Hazy, soft orange-amber in color with a small-bubbled lasting off-white head that forms a trace of lacing.....apricots are the first fruit to hit the nose, followed shortly by sweet grapefruit, caramel and a touch of cinnamon, orangepeel and honey rounding out the medley of dessert treats after several sniffs, certainly well-done if fairly predictable.....I get virtually no alcohol apparent on the tongue, very dangerous as this is juicy and redolent of lightly fermenting fruits, perhaps infused with light maple syrup and honey, hop bitterness surprisingly restrained (well, not so considering the brewery perhaps but I would have expected more for it to be called an IIPA) although a fairly strong impact is made at the end when intense citric tartness and powerful hop oils finally do threaten to overwhelm the palate, but never do as it remains juicy and fresh and quaffable to the very end. Somewhat hard, prickly carbonation works well against the overall soft fruitiness of the beer. While I donít find this amazing it is certainly one of the easiest to drink and most likeable of 9% beers Iíve had, and thatís saying something.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful aroma of lively hops and citrus. Body is moderate amber color, clear and a bit bubbly. Flavors are fairly well balanced between the sweet malts base and the strong hop presence. Finish is clean, if not a tad dry.
greenhorn1 (767) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. It must be Christmas, because the instant I opened this, I new it was a winner. Pours a hazy orange with an oily frothy head. The aroma has a huge citrus scent, followed by piney and flower notes. Flavor is the same intense citrus and floral, yet very smooth. Very nice balance between the bitterness and sweetness, I hardly noticed the high alchol content. Awesome 2IPA!
jazz88 (2522) - 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 (3531) - 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.