topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours coppery orange with a white head. Aroma is grassy citrus hops and a little malt. Flavor is resiny pine, a bit of grassy floral hop, caramel, and a long bitter finish.
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep amber with a cream head. nose is light hops and some light florals. medium on the palate, flavor is lightly hopped and a slightly bitter finish.
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-pours an off white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is pine/perfumy/grapefruit, some light/medium malt. Taste is pine/perfumy/resin hops bite, some light/medium malt-some caramel. Very dry finish.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours Orange/amber, with a white head. Aroma is hops, malt, and something a little odd that I canít place. Flavor is hops, caramel, and a bit of fruit. Ends a little bitter. Nothing special.
Strykzone (5534) - 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 (1458) - 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 (280) - 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.