Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Arlington World Market. Orange pour with a creamy white head. Aroma is very pine sap, fruit hops, caramel, and grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, citrus, hops, a little alcohol, and bitter. Sticky. Hop finish.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with notalush. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a moderate off-white head that lasted until mid-glass and left moderate lace. Pleasant aroma of grapefruit with some light pine. Some light caramel notes also present. The flavor is caramel up front followed by grapefruit that is both fruit and pith. The caramel holds up well against the hops and is not overwhelmed. Medium bitterness. Very good beer.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Kahootz: Copper color, clear. Super hoppy flavor with a solid backbone in the stucture category. It’s an easy to drink 2 IPA and it’s not bad coming from a brewery that produces a lot of sup-par micros.
jgb9348 (5612) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice caramel and golden coloured body with a thinnish tan head and a nice glow. Aroma of potent cascade hops, with a bunch of alcohol and a plentiful amount of sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive potent hops with a medicinal, earthy and almost syrupy flavour showing a good malt backbone, some alcohol and a pleasant finish. Aftertaste has a lot of hop bitterness, some mild sugars and not much else - perhaps a good overlay of malt. Overall, a good imperial ipa, on the lighter side for the style, and one that I prefer, since I like normal IPAs much more than Imperials. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, Colorado on 14-February-2010, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 10-April-2010.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange. The head is white and laces nicely. The aroma is very piney and citrusy. The flavor is piney, citrusy and slightly sweet with a long astringent bitterness. Not blowing me away, but not horrible.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from… can’t remember off the top of my head, in the mystery swap. So… thank you whomever you are! Pours a lovely lightly hazed orange with a medium sized tanned beige head. Really big sticky citrus, nice pineapple notes to it, clean and candy like. Beautiful. Medium bodied, nice pineapple and tropical fruit flavors, medium earthy malt and light toast. Big slow lingering quinine and grapefruit. Fantastic.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours reddish amber with a decent head that disappears quickly. The nose on this one is different than most. I get the usual citrus, but also something like cantaloupe. Possibly like one rater below said "acetone." Wow. This one is astringent and full of resin with little malt backbone. It goes right to astringent bitter pucker, and seems pretty narrow for an Imperial in that regard. The alcohol is evident and can be felt within just a few sips. Reminds me of Victory Hop Wallop -- not balanced at all, but astringent and intensely bitter with evident alcohol. I like it quite a lot, but definitely not my favorite. And you wouldn’t want to down several of these in a row.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. bottle. Toasty malt and citric hop in the aroma, some faint sweetness noted, along with lighter notes of pineapple, grass and herbs. Mostly clear light-medium copper color, head is fine and subsiding. Flavor is full of grassy hop and citrus, also plenty of bitterness to be had from start to finish, with herbal and perhaps faintly metallic tinges, along with a very light amount of toasty, sweet malts in the background, mostly towards the start. Finish is all hops, but rather raw and unrefined. Very lightly resinous and gently astringent palate with a moderate degree of carbonation and a medium body. Flavorful, but a little harsh and unbalanced, ultimately. Lacking the heft to be considered an IIPA, also.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2010
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
Funky aroma--like belly button. As tomatillos are to salsa, this Hop Czar is to beer. What’s weird is that it doesn’t taste hoppy per se, but *green*. Weird beer.
degbert (1661) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from bottle. Odd nose of grapefruit and citrus, but with an underpinning of acetone. Color is a brilliant, intense gold, but suffers from a head that disappears so quick it could be ducking a court summons. Flavor is hops-forward, but still with an unpleasant chemical undertone. Carbonation is strong and good for the type. I like their regular IPA better.