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 (5611) - 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 (6661) - 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.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 In the bomber bottle from Roof Bros. Amber copper in color with a serious density slightly off-white head. Aroma of a cherry and grapefruit little old lady fruit salad brought to a Sunday church dinner on the grounds. Thick malt sweetness that controls the hops dying to escape. Caramel and phenol in an unholy union. A hard beer to dispell, but remarkably smooth for an Impish IPA. UPDATE 11/2006: On tap at the Crescent Moon. Deep gold in color with a thin, but tough as hell head. Great lacing. Aroma of freshly cut yard grass and bushels of hops. An alfalfa sunshine smell like being in a haybale on a summer day. This is a smooth beer for such a high ABV. Nice amount of malt, but not over the top. Sweet, but neutralizingly sweet for the intense hop flavor.
IrishBoy (4024) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle a present from Enniskillen, my son; Very hoppy aroma mixed with caramel malt; hazy copper with a few bubbles on top; flavor is nice hops and caramel in the background; with a sweet finsh that slowly trails into a mild bitterness.
Radek Kliber (6890) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy, muddy amber with bright white top. Strong hoppy aroma, plenty of high alphas, medium malt base. Fruity character . Initially this beer feels quiet balanced malts and hops cooperate well. In the midlle hops do take over. Overall clean solid IPA.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light copper color with medium sized off white head. Aroma has a fair amount of herbal hops, sharp caramel. Flavor is malty, bit of hops, somewhat thin, with a midly bitter finish. Just fair.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden amber with an off white head. Citrus, grapefruit aroma, with a slight detection of pine. Taste of sweet grapefruit, a pleasant bitterness. This is truly a great refreshing alcoholic beverage with a well hidden high alcohol content, one of my favoroites.
tennisjoel (1271) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle...Somewhat faint aroma for the style. Grapefruit hops and cookie malt are distinct in this brew. The flavor is an improvement. Not top notch for the style, but I still like it. Fairly smooth, more of a toned down imperial IPA. Very good and unexpected.