grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orangey and lemony aroma. Soft, starchy malt body - way too thick. Sticky pine cones littered with flower petals. Little depth or complexity here, just extra malt and hops. Fairly bitter finish. Amazingly unexciting for an IIPA.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep autumnal amber with a loose white head that does stick around for a while. Aromas are heavily malty and caramel with some piney grapefruit in the background. The body is med. heavy. The flavor is heavily sweet with a good dose of piney hops but nothing over the top. The finish is med. bitter but not drying at all. I am really surprised that this rates this high. Good beer? Sure. But this is not a IIPA, it is an American strong ale. Iím glad they listed ingredients. Munich and Cara-Pils have no place in an IPA much less a IIPA. Pliny, which to me defines the style, actually has dextrose to thin the beer out, and these guys are using cara-pils???
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Greets witha wonderful aroma. A medium hoppyness dictates the palate, with a long lasting mild bitterness, just the perfect amount. A medium body is slightly sticky and very drinkable. A small frothy head follows post of the way down.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not blown away but this was good. Very bitter and a tad unbalanced. Better than brecks normal fare.
dpointer74 (16) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely one of the finest IPAís Iíve had the pleasure to sample. This ale is amazingly easy to drink for having such a high alcohol content. Delicious!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours straw colored with hoppy aroma and off-white head with great retention and good lacing. Spicy hop taste. A little musty. Maybe too old? Would like to compare with a fresher version.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The hoppy, earthy nose is of pine, caramel, leather and black cherries. Moderately bitter flavor... grapefruit and pine needles with a blast of caramel. The alcohol is evident and warming, but not overbearing. Full-bodied and oily with medium carbonation. Finishes bitter-sweet and grassy. World class brew! Thanks to growler for sharing his bottle with me!
thedm (4866) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a carbonated slightly hazy caramel brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma contained nice caramel hop notes. The mouth feel was tingly and hoppy initially with a caramel hop finish. The flavor was strong in the finish with a large caramel hop note.
FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bomber. . Citusry aroma with orange notes predominating. Definitely hop-loaded. . . .. Copper pour, big airy lt tan head - good retention. . . . ....Malty start. Fruity, hoppy middle with bitter finish. Tangy. . . .Medium body, but coats the mouth almost too much. . . . .A tasty IPA, Lots of interest in the hop department. Quite malty, a bit sweet with a firm mouth-coat.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tastes about 6 or 7 months old. Hazy,light amber,beer. Big,fluffy,head leaves lace all over the glass. Aroma is more malty(caramel,bread,old toast),with underlying alcohol,and pine,grassy hops. Flavor,unlike aroma,still tastes of hops,but a huge,malt,base is present,and really dominating at this point. Mouth is all malt(caramel,bread),with just a little bitterness. Finish is loaded with pine,and citrus and has a little alcohol,burn. I imagine fresh this was a hop bomb,which usually,I would prefer it that way,but not in this case.