jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2006. Hazy copper color, thin white head. Layers of hop complexity in the nose--some pine, resiny, light citrus. Flavor is sweet malt upfront followed by a sharp bitterness in the finish. Overall, starts as a nice IPA with decent malt/hop balance and then slaps you in the face with hops in the finish. Good imperial IPA with lots of complexity.
OldMrCrow (1621) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brouwer’s hopfest ’06.
This one pours deep caramel with limited head but huge lacing and an enormous herbal dusty, grassy aroma of pure hopfields, and aroma like inhaling a fresh mint plant on a scorching summer’s day.
The beer tastes exactly as it smells - incredibly herbal, lots of fresh mint, with plenty of thick resin underneath. Strong malts thrash around desperately beneath the ocean of hops, but fail to break through teh surface. Alcohol comes through particularly in the flavor and the mouthfeel is hot --- this is clearly a big beer.
Unfortunately, as the beer warms, the herbal nature gets over the top and those malts finally break through the surface to do their share of damage. The beer becomes sticky and cloying on the tongue.
I am very glad I had a chance to try this one - I can’t recall ever before tasting this particular suite of herbal hop flavors at this level of intesity. That said, this would not be likely to be come a regular drinking beer for me even if it were readily available.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe Hopfest ’06. Pours an almost clear amber with a big lacy head. Fruit and citrus on the nose. Medium-light body with a light carbonation. Bittersweet taste with a resinous finish.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe Hopfest ’06. Medium straw color. Light bubbly white head that sticks around. Sweet sugary/flowery hop nose. Clean mid-palate with sweet malt and fruit. Body’s almost creamy. Light finish for an IPA. Not a really hoppy IIPA, especially not by west coast standards. That said, there’s probably more than enough hop in here to salt and braise your typical grandmother from Toledo. Nothing against Toledo, or grandmothers, mind. Maybe not the single best beer from BB, but I’ll happily recommend it to any hophead I ever meet.
turnerm5 (12) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grabbed a glass while at Boundary Bay for dinner the other night. Like stated below, no head, very attractive amber color, all unfiltered goodness. Aroma is all hops, a little bit of citrus in there as well. A bit heavier on the palate than their standard IPA, though nothing overwhelming. All hops here, with bitter citrus coming through. Recommended if you can get it.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impossible to get a head on (tried myself, this time (!)), orange-foxy ale. Grapey, rich hops nose, good USA hops. Sweet-bitter orange marmalade and hints of alcohol. Taste is again typical orange marmalade. It’s discreet for an ’Imperial’, but that helps actually its delicacy. Medium to well-bodied impression; slick, alcohol in the aftertaste. Serious attempt at delicacy rather than at overwhelming bigness. Bravo - I’ve had plenty of different...
omhper (18353) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2006
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Hazy reddish. Strong grapefruit aroma. Sweet and thick with plenty of hop induced lychee and grapefruit flavour. Like in the other beers here the mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky. The finish is very bitter, but sticky sweetness still gets the upper hand.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dull clear golden body covered by a good sized off-whtie head. Big crystal malts propose good caramel flavours that remain dwarfed by the complex herbal, leafy and floral hops. The heavy bitterness is completed by a medium, creamy malty mouthfeel. Nevertheless, the palate stays bone-dry, smooth and quite drinkable, offering flavourful hop peaks here and there, now grassy, then herbal and floral. Good west coast style multi-dimensional hop arrogance.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the pub in Bellingham
Clear bronze color with light head and light lacing. Nose of bright hops, on par with a PNW DIPA but not quite a CA DIP. The flavor is balanced with a bit of tangy bitterness, slightly overwhelming at first but the sweetness kisses back just in time to ease the wonderful pain. The finish is expected; more overwhelming than overimpressive. Still good though.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft: Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA) Oh boy, now we’re talkin’! I wasn’t even going to make the drive to Bellingham since it’s over an hour north of Seatle, but was told the Imperial IPA is worth the drive. And as promised, everything about this beer is excellent. Deep amber in color, approaching light brown, and fully cloudy, large tan particles are suspended in the beer, thus proving they don’t filter their beers. The very aromatic and fruity nose features sweet orange citrus, solid hoppiness, some herbal tea and plenty of rich malts. The flavor is no less incredible, showing the same sweet, fruity character and solid, bitter, citrusy hops. Full bodied, with a sweet and almost syrupy mouthfeel that is offset by the very crisp hops bitterness. Tan head is creamy at first and gradually settles to a ring, leaving a few small patches of lace on the glass. Most definitely worth the drive, even if it adds an extra day to my trip. Top notch, a beer to fully savor. And wow, as an added bonus, the brewer (Aaron) came out and gave me a sample of the recently brewed, but as yet unreleased batch -- the batch bound for GABF 2005 -- and sweet Jesus, the hops is so incredibly fresh! Wow. What a treat!