bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had a sample of this as my first beer at last weekends barleys beer festival....im not a huge fan of bjs beers although they are palatable. this one was probably the best beer i have to date of theirs. however still this cloying aftertaste of astringent cleaners or extracts. huge hope character dominating here with a slight malty bed to lie on, a bit sweet in the palate as well. not much co2. i definately didnt feel like it was way too hoppy for me as the other rates state. lets get real this cant hold a candle to the likes of a stone ipa, bear republic , etc. but still good.
bigbeersrule (97) - USA - APR 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer I had was brewed in Chandler, Arizona. This was the biggest double IPA I have ever had. It had something like 150 IBUís of hop bitterness in it. Not at all balanced because of the hop overload and not a beer you could drink everyday but an outstanding job aty creating what I think has to be the worlds hoppiest beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I thought Iíd never say this but Iíve found a beer that is ďalmostĒ to ďhopped upĒ for me, itís a taste bud numbing 147 IBUís and 8 percent ABV, had it on tap at Papago Brewing this weekend.
The beer fresh from the top sets in the glass a nebulous amber to burnished copper color with a statuesque creamy light tan head that after its erosion leaves a thick and sticky coat of lace that welds itself to the glass. Nose is unbelievably light in floral aromas, sweet malt, and citrus crisp and fresh, a real treat for both the olfactory and ocular senses, start is sweet and delightfully, malted, the top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish is delectable in its acidity, then ďBLAM, ZAP, POW, ZOWIE geez Batman, the hops slap your taste buds to life, then strangle them numb, and then leaves you wondering if you will ever taste anything again. Had a De Dolle Stille Nacht and a Imperial Octoberfest after this, didnít taste a thing, so whatís a poor guy to do, ďHell Yeah", I had a couple more ďImperorísĒ. Damn what a hoot, but trust me most every other normal person in the pub was doing a third Imperor with a topping of two thirds Sonora Burning bird, ďTee HeeĒ wimps! Lol