CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Batch 8277 sampled a few times within two months of its release: Has a bigger fresh piny grapefruity hoppy nose than I remember from the first release. Sweet pale and caramel malts provide good balance to the sticky bittering hop resin and crisp, slightly warming bittersweet finish. A very nice double IPA that I wish I had a few more bottles of.
First bottled release sampled on 11/22/06 (8,3,7,4,14): Pours a transparent golden bronze with a thin, lightly-lacing white head. Aroma boast a lot of fresh grapefruity and piny hops along with a touch of toasty pale malt. Body starts with some sweet caramel before being overrun by resiny sticky citrus bittering hops. Plenty of hops in this and a good amount of malt that hides the alcohol well, but itís still not as balanced as some other double IPAs.
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with biegaman, blankboy and mds - biegamanís bottle. Hazy orange, average frothy off-white head. HUGE hit of pungent, fruity, resiny hops (grapefruit, mango and pineapple), it even smells acidic - very sweet too; wow. Taste - more bitter,less fresh hops - quite good, but a bit of a step-down from the aroma - long bitter citrus-zest finish, enough malt to still seem quite sweet. Average body, acidic, astringent and bitter mouthfeel, long linger - solid, if ultimately one-dimensional I2PA. Thanks, Jan!
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 I thought this beer was similar to Two Hearted, just a little bigger. The flavor was sweet,slightly hop dominated giving it a moderately sweet pineapple and apricot flavor. Moderate to low bitterness, no alcohol in the flavor at all. Well made beer. I think if you like Two Hearted, you gotta like this one.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
$13 a sixpack in Evansville. Hazy orange gold body is topped by a small offwhite head that retains well and leaves generous lacing. Juicy orange, mango, and grapefruit esters to the nose with some unusual notes of composted grass or even cat urine. Still, very lush. Creamy carbonation enlivens the medium body. Solid hop bitterness on the tongue. Citrusy grapefruit and some lemon rind with just enough of a pale malt backbone to preserve sanity. A totally different than Bells Two Hearted Ale, my usual standby. A truly exceptional DIPA.
Sammy (8912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
lots of initial head on pour on orangey brown. I grabbed this as an IPA, and then I find out quickly its a double hophead and higher alcohol than I expected. Its a bitter, sucking the leaf sucking the lime hop delivery that works and is satisfying aftertaste, not in your face or substantial malting as in other DIPA. My tongue was frozen later on. Good carbonation. Good but overated.
temporrari (384) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 I just canít really see how you could make a beer, saturated in hop goodness, taste much better than this. Itís amazing.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice golden yellow amber color. Smell of wonderful grapefruit, malt. pine, grass, lemons and a "Hulk Hogan body slam to Andre the Giant" hop smell. Total hop smell in this beer. I love it! Taste of pine, grapefruit, oranges, lemon zest, a pinch of salt, sugar, malt and HOPS! Great sour bitterness that lingers for awhile. Alcohol is present. I will have to stock up on this one.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Pours a hazy golden orange with some floaties and a smallish off-white head. Beautiful citrus aroma, orange, mango, apricot, and grapefruit all present. Nice lively palate. Nice malty sweetness balanced by a strong but not too strong bitterness that leaves itself a little bit to be remembered by. Wow. Re-rate 08 - One of my faves fresh, but it seems like it loses a lot quickly.
Lowe1983 (1361) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is of caramel, citrus and pine hops, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts off with the caramel and citrus flavors and finishes with the pine hops and slight alcohol. For the price I was expecting more, itís a decent double IPA but not nearly what I was expecting.
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
To be honest, I had no idea on what style this was when I had it. Received thru a trade with Ogglethorp (thanks!). Aroma is really outstanding with huge notes of grapefruit coming thru. I didnít get really much else because the hops were so overpowering. Unfortunately, there wasnít much else than grapefruit in the nose. Mouthfeel was a bit harsh but nothing too bad. Flavors were grapefruit, lemons and a little malt. My buddy I was tasting it with described the flavors as being ragged and he was dead-on. There wasnít anything clean or refined about this. It was good drinking, but I think due to the overpowering one hop taste and aroma I couldnít drink more than one. There is something to be said about mixing things up a bit.