SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Loved this beer! This beer turned me on to imperial IPA’s (although technically IPA, very, very hoppy) for which I am eternally grateful. Re-rate: Spectacular!! Hall of Fame.
calicool (16) - Keller, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on tap at Bosco’s Nashville. It blew me away. This brew is about 61 IBU’s, but has an extreme hop-oil mouth feel. It will strip the lining off the roof of your mouth. I like that! Go easy on it though, or you’ll really lose control.
I loved this beer!
TAR (2691) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle-conditioned; sampled at the Nashville location: Glistening golden amber riddled with tiny yeast and hop particles. Creamy, sticky, bright white foam. Toasted, cakey, honey-glazed malt aroma charged with leafy, piney hopsack essences. Fairly herbal and rindy, as well. Firm body. Tight carbonation. Bright hop flavors are balanced by a heap of biscuity malts. Mineral notes appear at the core alongside sweet glazed malts. Light hints of spicy star anise and soft, chewy hop resins. Balanced finish, yet brashly hoppy and lemony. Lingering flower and fluffy, bready malt notes. Yeast addition fluffens the malts while enhancing the spicy hops. Like a suped-up Tupper's Hop Pocket Pale. Clssy and delicious.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The only one I remember well enough to remember from my college days. This was a very hoppy beer but quite tasty. Wasn’t really sure at the time about the strong hop flavors as I am now.
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark gold with white bubbles. Strong citrus hops consume all nose hairs. Piney hop taste with a sharp grapefruity bitter finish. This was really nice.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At RAF Chicago: Golden hued with large white head and solid lacing. The aroma hints of fresh pungent hops, caramel roasted malts, twangy grapefruit, and herbal notes. The taste is quite hoppy up front with a mild citric component. The malt and yeast is barely noticeable, but does provide some support. Bitter lingering finish. Medium-bodied with a crisp and firm mouthfeel. Almost double IPA in style, hopheads delight. Enjoy if you get some.
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange, tan head, almost identicle in appearance to the Bombay IPA. Fruity, floral aroma. Dirty, earthy hop flavor, with a looooong earthy, resiny hop finish. According to the waiter, this was the winning recipe from a homebrew competition. Very nice.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, 16 oz. Shaker glass, Nashville Brewpub. Copper color. Totally diminishing white head. I was expecting this to be more over-the-top with a name like Hop God, but I guess they went for an expression of divine equanimity instead of power. This beer is wonderfully balanced, and though it feels a bit soft for a beer with 72 IBUs, it is not disappointing at all. Grapefruit and spicy hops aroma leavened with some cookie-ish malt, grass, and slight vanilla smells. Good malt backbone; sugar cookie sweetness balances the slightly salty, lemony and grapefruity hops and the bitter salty finish (which only gets slightly metallic at the end). Medium bodied.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nashville. 72 IBUs. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Piney hop aroma. The bitterness hits you right up front, accented by lots of grapefruit zest, and maybe a tad amount of pineapple. There are some slight toffee notes hiding behind the hops. Puckering, semi dry finish with some notes of white pepper and citrus. I went back to work after drinking this and let out a huge belch, and I could still taste this bad boy. So far, this is the only hop head approved TN brewed beer in my book. I wish Fred would brew this more often. I also wish that other regional brewers would follow suit and brew hoppier beers. Screw "balance".
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled at brewpub and from growler. aroma is dominated by tropical fruit but also has citrus, pine, and biscuit. hop taste reflects aroma with a nice dry biscuit malt flavor in the middle finishing moderate pleasant bitterness. finish is biscuit and pine. this beer laces in very nice sheets. hardly a "hopgod" but still hoppy and a very decent ipa.