Strykzone (5386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at The Stable. How many hops gave their lives for this beer! Tons of hops here with big bitterness. A very nice beer but the hops are overdone and tend to wipe out any subtleties.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Has an amber orange pour, a moderately lasting white head, and some spidery lacing. The aroma is primarily bread, brown sugar, and apricot, in a way thatís slightly off-putting to me. It seems a touch musky. Has a bit of toasty, brown sugar malt sweetness to the flavor, but itís mostly a big, woody, grapefruit hop finish. I barely even acknowledge the malt before the sharp bitterness cuts in and takes over. Kind of interesting and unique amongst the double IPAs Iíve had, but itís just not something Iíd want to drink for long.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím not a big fan of Bridgeport, to be honest, but I gotta say that this is a nice offering.
Pours amber with a decent head which leaves a decent lace. Aroma is pure hops, mostly citrus. Mmmm, smells a-nice.
Taste is of a solid IPA, with a slight kick up. Pure hops again, although itís not unbalanced. Lots of citrus.
Palate is crisp and cleansing. Overall, itís a really good IPA. I think Bridgeport made a few assumptions by claiming this to be an Imperial IPA. Itís a good beer, a nice IPA, but to put this up against Stone or Rogueís IIPA is a mistake.
Beaver (1426) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet fruity hops with some resin and pine and a little tobacco.
The flavor is sweet bready malts initially with some fruits. It is followed by a big charred bitter finish that lingers. Thereís a little mint in there too. The mouthfeel is light to medium and fairly watery.
Overall, it has good bitterness, but I really didnít care for the hop flavors or the mouthfeel.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light amber color, average coarse head. Strange aroma of lemon and spice, horse, old cheese and a stale malty note. Grassy, piney hops aroma; caustic, with some florality. Somewhat soapy finish, quite bitter. Proof that just throwing a bunch of hops into some malt is not all there is to making a good IPA.
mensch (265) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At 7.5% and 87 IBU, this beer is a little understated for an imperial. Aroma is too light too. Smells grassy, herbal, almost like chives -- not the usual Cascades. Color is bright orange-carmel with a slight turbidity. The flavor follows through with the herbal quality but adds some sweet juicy malt to complement. Finish is appropriately long, dry and bitter; hints of anise and mint. A very different take on a big IPA, but not imperial.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy amber orangish color with a little white head. Aroma was pine and citrus. Flavor was wood, pine, resin and some citrus thrown in. Some bitter in the aftertaste. Some sweetness in the aftertaste as well. Medium body. Sticky aftertaste. Very good decent beer.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
7.5% & 87IBU. 12oz bottle, new to KC. Reddish amber color with a small white head. Aroma is grassy and vegetal with some citrus and floral notes. Strong, but not over the top bitterness. Toasty and slightly roasty flavor with herbal and grassy (almost chlorophyll) hops with a little citrus and cat pee. Bitter finish with somewhat unappealing grassy hops. Too bad I picked up a six pack of this.
ChainGangGuy (4490) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a amber-orange body displaying nice clarity and topped with a sudsy, off-white head.
Smell: Well, it certainly smells hoppy, a bit like taking a whiff from a just-opened bag of hop pellets. Punchy notes of citrus, pine, and fresh flowers greet the nose. Itís almost hard to even sniff out any of the modest malts lurking underneath the excessive hoppiness of it.
Taste: Pale malts with further malt tastes of bread and biscuits and with a very fleeting toffee-like sweetness (though the accumulating bitterness eventually cancels this out almost entirely). Staunch, coarse bitterness carries with it hop flavors of distilled flower nectar, citric Florida-grown oranges, and pine needles with a slight overall earthiness to it. Eventually, the malts give way, as do the hop flavors, leaving just a bold bitterness to ride out the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Well, it goes down about easily as a 7.5% ABV, 87 IBU (according to my bottle) brew possibly, which is to say not so easily. Iím happy to have had it, though happier to have had it in this smaller, more sensibly sized twelve ounce version and not that foil-capped bomber.
Mora2000 (5925) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an orange color with a white head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is herbal and earthy hops. The flavor is bitter hops with some earthyness, hay, grass, pine and resin. Grassy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.