beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear body of pale honey amber. Small capping of whitish smooth foam. Keeps a good skim the whole glass through and the lacing is placed well across the glass in broken inky strings.
Aroma is fairly grassy edged with an herbal hay notion. Nice little twist of orange/lemon citrus on top and a notch of pine. Trace faint malt detected as it warms.
Taste is decent with an overall clean profile. Semi hoppy texture abounds upfront with herbal grassyness, a sweet underbelly, and pale pine. Middles out rounded with the malt creeping in more then earlier points. Ends cleaner with slightly bitter grassy hops twisted together with a citric lemony orange pulp tint. Leaves a partial dryness as it cinders into tthe finish with a lemony warmth of hop oil.
Feel is medium bodied and textured with a hoppy leafyness in front, rounds off in the middle, gets clean, then drys out with a slight bitterness. Smooth and balanced. Seemingly more akin to a good Pale Ale then an IPA, but holds its own well enough for a hoppy enjoyment. Perhaps not as complex as others I’ve had, but is decent enough.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a glowing golden body with a dense creamy (milk bubbly) white-ish head. The head tastes marvelous. Piney resin aroma. The flavor is moderately hoppy, nicely balanced by malt. I can taste the Torrified Wheats... Unfortunately pretty basic and not overly hoppy like an IIPA should be. The palate is simply bitter. Nicely warming. Unfortunately, the hops were used for bittering and not aromatics.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very soft,but distinct hop and grain aroma, sweet soft hoppy citrus,some malt background ,very bitter in swallow, tangy,slighty dry,tasted a little weak at first, but that bitter taste became more pleasureable as time went on . An excellent effort
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 On draft at the Denver location, 4/15/06: Bright orange. Just a thin head. Stark citric hoppiness, almost peachy. Definitely for the hopheads. I liked it alot. Also had in a bottle in Sep 06: Bit of a fruit-peel in the brew with a stark alcohol aspect. Almost whiskey-like with its burn. Excellent.
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark amber color...looks like honey with a medium head. It has a very sweet sugary bitter taste. starts out real sweet and finishes real bitter in the back of your mouth. I guess the aroma would be of hops, im still a noob and I’m only ’pretty sure’ i know what hops smell like.
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty standard IPA, but a tasty one - very resinous aroma and dry, woody flavor - lingering biter finish - some background grassy, herbal qualities and mild strawberry sweetness - very well-balanced.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Hazy with a pink grapefruit juice hue. Large spotted white head. Strong citrus nose. Bready, wheaty with an underlining raspberry note. Sweet and sugary. Caramel and toffee. Bitter and citrusy. Lively and full. Grapefruit and woody. Finish is piney and caramel, followed by a tingling long bitter dry, sticky finish. The alcohol is really starting to shine through. As is the bitterness, and yet a small trace of caramel lingers throughout even into the long finish. The malts were initially dominant, but as it warmed and opened, the hops and the alcohol burn really started to permeate. And finally overrun the flavor and body. This is really quite tasty!
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured golden orange with a creamy head. Fruity notes to the nose and taste--orange, caramel, and a slightly floral character. A nice hop finish, not overly done. A well balanced brew.
MartinT (9191) - 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 (1748) - 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.