CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bitbucket: Pours a transparent dark copper orange with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts and fresh grapefruity hops. Body starts fairly full and caramely sweet with good fresh citrusy grapefruity flavor hop balance before a crisp, bittersweet finish. A nice imperial IPA.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the Boundary Bay. Poured an orange accent amber body, very slightly hazy, and with a finger of foamy white head. It has a pungent grapefruit and spruce aroma with hints of sweet malt. The taste was exceedingly coniferous and citric balanced out with a mellifluous malt character which was also subtly caramel and biscuit. I didn’t find it excessively bitter but rather bittersweet at the end which lingered along with a slight resin and alcohol aftertaste. I also found it to be pleasantly warming. I would rank this above Pliny the elder. They’re close but the malt in this one is much more appreciable and balanced.
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If this was available in the Bay Area, it would have regular rotation in my fridge. Unfortunately, this was a one-off after going to Brouers. This one has some nice, soapy, aromatic hops in it. There’s a nice biscuity flavor that comes out later, after the hops have faded. Slight banana nose in this one.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009
Date: February 23, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark copper, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with a touch of piney sweetness and lots of floral hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of sweet pine sap, touch of hot alcohol, floral and earthy hops add balance, light bitter finish
Date: September 05, 2009
Aroma: sweet and peppery aroma, pine and citrus
Body: thin body
Flavor: sweet pine flavor, peppery alcohol
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted @ the Uber Tavern in Seattle.
Copper colored brew. Sweet malty aroma with some hops. Very floral, hoppy and some sweet fruits. Some bitterness.
drfabulous (3650) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My notes emphasize the word "traditional." My recollection is that this one kicked all the other IPAs’ butt that night. Nice and hoppy.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, some toasted malt, and fruity floral hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, toasted malt, and a bitter floral finish.
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a medium amber body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Pungent grapefruit and floral aroma with some notes of caramel.
Taste: Sugary sweet caramel malts. Citrusy grapefruit taste kicks in. Some flowers. Moderate bitterness. Peppery alcohol taste on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A decent Double IPA.
HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a coppery amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is floral and hoppy, with a hint of citrus. Flavor is very hoppy, floral, with some citrus (grapefruit?) in it. Bitter finish. This is a bold IPA, and is not for anyone who is hops-impaired. I’d like to pair this brew with some spicy food, such as chicken breast cooked with jalapenos, onions and bell peppers.
luttonm (2072) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft in Seattle. Nice NW hoppy start on a huge orange beer. Malts start to overpower for my taste. lots of orange citrus, heavy, sweet and coating. Pretty crisp and very drinkable.