kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
hazy dark yellow, creamy off white head,
big sweet crystal malt aroma with lots of citrus and pine hops plus a bit of sweet fruity tangerine,
lots of liquid hop flavor, sweet tangerine and citrus character, crystal malt adds sweetness, a nice bitterness comes in to balance it,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge pine aroma. Huge bitterness and sticks to your tongue and doesnít let go for a very long time. Alcohol is apparent but does not detract from the beer.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2007. A very good beer. Huge, piney hop presence w/ a alcohol bite. Very dry finish.
jake65 (3351) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Brewpub: Orange/copper pour with a large white head and thick lacing. Nose is heavy on the hops with both citrus and pine. Taste again well hopped with lots of citrus and pine notes, some caramel and maltiness. Has that nice sweet/sour balance and a little warming effect.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Via trade with angeloregon. This beer froze inside the styro shipper and had leaked out about 1/4 of its contents. I salvaged to the best of my abilities...Nice floral hop aroma with a candy-like caramel scent in the background. Very murky orange/brown color. Medium palate. Very little carbonation left due to the bottle issue, but you can still get a sense of the hop flavor--which is only slightly bitter and is balanced to perfection with the malts. Not quite hoppy enough for me for the style--but I would welcome the chance to rate this one again.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 This beer is a quintessential IPA. Its big without being unbalanced and the color is as delectable as the nose and the taste. A perfect orange hue with a magnificent head that demands your palletís attention. I canít say enough good things about this beer!
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stingingly hoppy. Hop tea. Hop zama looma, a hop bam boom. Hopadelhia. Better HOP to it. HopNoScotch. Soporiffically hoppy. Well hopped.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy unfiltered golden appearance, monster white rocky head that dissipates into some beautiful clingy lacing. Big funky hop aroma that can only be described as tantalizing. Hugely hoppy this is how I want my Imperials to taste. Still has a kicking malt backbone to tackle the impressive hop profile. Very well done.
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at the 2006 Bistro 2xIPA festival. Pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, caramel and pine. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity (apricots and peaches), with some caramel. Hops are floral and citrusy, Medium bitter IPA. Nicely balanced. Very easy drinking, this beer would almost work as a session IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF05 (one of my first stops): Nice orange hue; fluffy head. Creamy and very rich texture. Flavorful malts really seemed to linger in the back of the throat. Pleasant amount of noticeable yeast. Notes of tangerine, spruce tips, and sweet grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Nothing sharp or over the top. Just rich and flavorful and balanced. Really nice beer.