milewide (1990) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 Excellent combination of sweet and bitter. Starts sweet, but hop bitterness lingers. Alcohol, at 9.2%, is well hidden.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent and magnifying caramel brass in color with a hovering, fuzzy, compact khaki tan head. Sandblasted doily lacing etches on the flare of the tulip glass. Aroma lights up the room with honeysuckle, mango rind shavings, strawberry freesia, rose hips, marigolds and pina marmalade. Hot damn. Big, bold beer status is affirmed at first sip. Sugary apricot chews dive into strawberry shortcake with sweet cream remedies. Cherry toffee nips give a date-like caramel currant to the amarillo and cascade thrill. Some freshly chucked peach chews reside on honeydew rind as well. Semi-oily texture transposes to cream and then a light, floral and dry nectar character settles in for the outtake. Case-in-point: it nails all the desirable palate sensations. Rose blossoms and mango-papaya batter give a gummy, floral and sweetly cunning quality at the end of each sip. Watermelon and fuzzy peaches give a pleasurable backlash post-gestation. Long story short: melons and passion fruit have met their match.
fiulijn (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 Draught at Flying Saucer, San Antonio, 2006-12-23, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Hazy amber color, creamy head, nice lace. Very nice aroma of hops, with resins and fruits. Good malt taste, full mouthfeel, with very good resiny hops, and long final.
Bottle, 2006-09-08, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Copper color; generous head, thick. Mellow aroma, malt and fruity hops; medium strength, elegant. Good body structure, good malt, good aromatic bitterness; pine needles; grapefruit fruitness. The final is long and quite strong, with sweet caramel and hop, some resins. Humble IIPA, fresh; interesting end enjoyable for being so balanced between the sweetness and the bitterness.
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 A great tasting IPA. This brew had nice carbonation with a crisp smooth palate. Has a very floral hop aroma and flavor, with flavors of pear, apple, and grape also being prevalent. One of the sweeter IPAís Iíve had. Not quite as bitter as a double should be in my opinion though.
ClarkVV (5392) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle from Crosling, drunk on 9/2/06. Not sure of the age.
Very deep red-clay body has copper-orange highlights and a very high clarity, though the liquid looks very thick/viscous. Off-white head is flimsy, receding very quickly to partial-cover/ring and then nothing, in a matter of seconds. No lacing left behind. Sporadic, large bubbles drift lazily upwards. No sediment on the bottom.
Munich malt in the aroma pretty much overlays everything. Bready, lightly acidic sourness seems at odds with the clarity/crispness that these citric hops would like to deliver. Dry, thick, pine resin sits on the end and in between there is a touch of cherry and orange fruitiness. I keep getting an odd, almost chalky, dull/bland note, maybe the wheat (not that I would have guessed that). Whatever it is, it seems mainly stale, like preliminary oxidation. Candy sweet malts seem to outdo the hops, and in the end, Iím left with a large amount of sugariness, growing stale and finally bready and sour/acidic with hard pine and raw citrus.....
Seems like most of the bright/lively hop flavors have passed out of the flavor, as this is a syrupy-sweet, thick, cloying mess of a beer. Pine acidity, with dry orange-rind bitterness and an old, leafiness are all that are left as far as hops. Hard crystal maltiness produces caramel and candy flavors, while the munich malt keeps things sourish and bready. Forced carbonation is large-bubbled, not engaging and exacerbates the syrupiness. I think Nick is paying me back for the Nashoba Valley Peach Lambic ;)
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy coulded yellow orange gold with a sizable though quickly diminishing head. The nose is fragrant with orangey citrus and honey. Light and sweet malt and some graininess melds nicely with the noticable hops. The palate is a little thick with good creaminess and even a bit viscous, though itís still very drinkable. The flavors are rather big, though I wouldnít say big enough to merit double IPA status. I really refuse to believe the ABV is 9.2! Anyhow, light sweet pale malt with a touch of caramely notes. Thereís some grainy wheatness, which I just noticed makes sense given the malt bill. Thereís some balancing citrusy hops that border on being pungent. Thereís a sharp biting bitterness that sinks in as the beer lies on the tongue for a bit. Not really a super clean bitterness, costing a point or two between flavor and overall. The balance on this beer is truly remarkable, and the alcohol is hidden as well as Iíve ever seen it done (unless the info in the database is wrong!).
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer looks nice, it is yellow-orange in color and cloudy/hazy- you cant see through it at all. There is a big bubbly white head that dies down quickly but never completely. The aroma is very hoppy, with a blend of orange and general citrus fruits and caramel. The flavor is also super hoppy (even moreso than the aroma) and citrusy with a big bitter finish. I can possibly detect wheat in the flavor. Wouldnt have guessed the 9.2% alcohol.
kramer (5762) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, via Secret Santa PhillyBeer2112. Pours a clear dark gold under a fine bubbled beige head two fingers plus in height. Minimal visible carbonation. Aroma is well balanced between sweet toasted and caramel malts and a floral hoppiness. Flavor is moderately bitter with some hoppiness up front, and all bitterness on the finish. The malt is in the background, but certainly makes itself known. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine fizzy carbonation. Slightly sticky on the finish. Overall not too bad, but I never would have guessed that this was a Double IPA. Though that also means that the alcohol was very well hidded for such a strong beer. A decent IPA but not a good IIPA.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-brown body with a small bubbly white head. The aroma has bread, sweet alcohol, and oranges that are yeasty and bountiful. Big, chewy, yeasty-flavoured body with bread malt and lots of orange-pulpy grapefruit hops. Adequate sweet malt providing balance.
nimbleprop (7100) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a murky orange color with a semi-thick white head. Fruity, hoppy aroma. Initial flavor is citrus, sweet and a little syrupy. The finish is great, very clean and not at all astringent like other imperial IPAs. Not as hoppy as other small batch IPAs but the flavor is just as smooth.