Oakes (12514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy golden-amber colour. Fruity, earthy aroma with lots of fuggles. Fairly big hop flavour, albeit without a massive corresponding bitterness, with the earthiness of fuggles and foresty PNW varietals.
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy golden orange color. Sweet pungent nose of pineapple and orange hop scents. Fresh and leafy sweet pine and juicy lemons and peaches. Very well made and even though it’s a hop monster, it’s more balanced than most doubles.
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 (2-4-06, 22oz bottle) Healthy off-white head atop a clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some cookie, caramel, floral. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, floral, cookie/caramel. The dry hopping is evident in both the aroma and taste -- hops strong but not overly bitter. Medium body that gives no hint of the alcohol wallop this beer holds. (7/4/8/4/15)
(10-3-05, draft) Clear amber body with white head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, pineapple. Taste is medium sweet, pineapple, light grapefruit. Medium body, light resin. One-dimensional, but nice. (7/4/7/3/14)
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. This pours a light copper with a medium white head that clings to the glass. Sweet hoppy aroma. Excellent flavor that has quite a bit of hops in the finish. Very nice mouthfeel. This is a good Imperial IPA.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a thick head. Nose has cedar, green apples, and copper notes with, of course, hops. Mouth feel is rich and thick, a perfect match for the overall intensity of this double. Taste is not quite as complex as the best, but a nice brew nonetheless. Of course, I’m a sucker for imperial ipas.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper colored with a nice sized cream colored head. Quite foamy with different sized bubbles and nice lace. Aroma is a very spicy hop smell. Grapefruit and nice strong citrus hops. Hops mostly over power other aromas however a creamy malt is barely apparent. Nice bitterness. Strong sitcky resin hops. Grapefruit and other citrus; piney and full envelops the palate with bitterness. A decent strengty alcohol is present but it really is entwined well with the hop bitterness. It is not harsh and compliments the bitterness well. As it gets warmer some malts are emerging. A plesant sweetness is apparent up front and then is wisked away by the strong bitterness.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber, white head, tight lace. Spicy nose of hops and slight malts. Smooth mouthfeel. Starts with a sweet and toasty maltiness with tangerine and develops into a great hoppiness of the C-type as the malt fades. Leaves a short aftertaste of toasty malts and bitterness. Not as bitter as I expected, but very good.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thx goldtwins for grabbing me one. Orangey copper pour. Huge pine and citrus aroma, with some malty sweeteness in the back. More huge pine and citrus hop flavors, with a decent backing of sweet caramel malt. Big somewhat-harsh bitter bite at the end. For 9.2%, I felt the alcohol was extremely well hidden. Very nice IIPA.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to chilehead for this bottle. Nice copper colored pour, aroma is malty sweet with hops. A nice citrus malt character, sweet and bready, a bit sticky mouthfeel.. Labeled as "double-hopped", I expected more hops in the finish but I’m not complaining because the balance is nice. A very nice ale.
TheEvilTwin (13) - Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great ale. Execelent hop flavor and nose. Nice deep amber color. Excelen t hop flavor with malty and yeasty tones.