MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A compact head thrones atop the orangey bronze clarity.
-Scattered oranges scent the resinous hop aroma.
-Well-endowed caramel maltiness hugs the complex wooden hop flavor.
-A sensuous body transports all flavors further into serious enjoyment.
What if you dig deeper?
-An expectedly important hop bitterness traces its way down the gullet, but amazingly doesn’t shout too loud.
-In the end, impressive balance is reached.
-Earthy hops and toasted maltiness work very well together.
-A Double IPA because of the alcohol and increased everything, but one which could be drunk for hours without reaching saturation.
Bottle; no date.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy orange body with a big fluffy white head - good dense lacing. Resinous orange citrus and cinnamon/nutmeg aroma. Perky apple-themed caramel malt start with a nice layering of spicy, orange citrus hops on top; long resinous, bitter finish with dougy notes. A well-balanced and tasty IIPA.
pivo (2610) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweetish dough nose, lovely amber color, tall spongy beige head. Maple syrup sweetness, powerful hop bitter across the entire mough. Full body. Good balance. Tasty, big beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours slightly hazy honey color with thin, creamy white head. The aroma is clean and hoppy with a great deal of sweet bread as well. The flavor has a smooth, even bitterness with lots of pine sap and some earth. Beneath the hops is some toast, raw grain, and a light hint of caramel. Pretty well balanced, mostly because, as many others have noted, it is not as aggressively hoppy as it claims.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I never got massive or redefining hops from this one. It was hoppy, but nothing close to some other hop-monsters that I have tasted. Not bad, but it was overly sweet and fruity I thought. It tasted reather like apple juice. Can’t say that I enjoyed it enough to get another one.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an in you face ass kicking aroma coming from this. Tons of resiny grapefruity hops. Massive hops and a sheer delight to inhale. Very malty and a well balance job with the hops. Very nice
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a clear hazy orange...with little head. Aroma is crap...nothing to it. Taste is semi sweet floral hops...but also artificial sweetener. Flavor is floral hops...not much else. They really missed the ball on this one. Mouthfeel is watery and syrupy.
jazz88 (2576) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A golden color with a light foamy head. A grassy hop aroma with a semi-sweet malt grass earth flavor with a touch of cardboard. Dry at the finish, slightly warming, with a bitter aftertaste.
mkgrenwel (596) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by IMthe Optimator. Very light nose of caramel and bits of cirtic and floral hops. Flavor is light as well, with some fruitiness. Reminds me of a caramel apple. Very little hop flavor, but ample bitterness. I guess there just isn’t enough other flavor there to match the bitterness. Even as a standard IPA I would call this weak flavored.
DYCSoccer17 (3388) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by IMtheOptimator. Sweet candy sugars in the aroma, with a serious lack of hoppiness in the nose...this does not even resemble an IPA’s aroma. Slightly floral hops are appreciated. Smells more like an English barleywine. Transparent, filtered copper color with a foamy light tan/khaki colored head. Not a fan of the filtration at all. Sweet malty caramelized flavors to start--turning a mildly floral hopped flavor. Slightly bitter and ethanolic finish. Tastes much more like a barleywine. Breckenridge only wishes this beer was as aggressively hopped as their website claims.