blklab2007 (1941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 bottled rating: all the aroma of the draft version reeking of citrus goodness, light bitterness, and some resins. beautiful head on the beer and it seems to be filtered a bit more than the draft offering. flavor packs a big hop cocktail, citrus rind, light grapefruit, mellow resins, and a nice smack of bitterness. it looses a bit of the chewiness but the hop flavors come across even cleaner. still right up there with the big boys and the flavor is perhaps a bit more intense.
growler from the brewery, poured a caramel amber in color with a one finger head. aroma has candy dipped hops, rich pine and citrus, grapefruit, and background malt. aroma is just so juicy and filed with goodness. flavor is definitely hop centered with some bitterness and resin. fruit comes out and mixes with the citrus that is put up against a hefty dose of malt. mouth feel is coating and has just enough carbonation to bring it all across. such a chewy brew but remains velvety right through. huge beer but it remains balanced allowing all the flavor to come through. on my favorites list.
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. I loved the aroma of this as I poured the growler for myself. The strong hop scent gave way to hints of malt and the first taste told me of the light malts that would eventually balance out in my glass.
I found this to be super with pork lomein.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - APR 6, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. hand bottle from Hophead 75.
Thanks for trading with me. Poured out a hazy orange color, with a small tan head. Aromas are mostly hops. Piney, grapefruity hops. Flavors are mostly hops, with a sweet malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel, OK body. Alcohol is well hidden.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 Poured strait from a growler that was from the brewery. Started out with a decent head but after a few pours it faded more and more each time. The color is a clear amber color with nothing suspended in it at all. The nose is very fruity and filled with other sweet smelling esters. As you drink it you can taste the rich light fruits in your mouth mainly raspberry and other light fruits followed by some hints of honey. The finish is very bitter which is nice considering it is hard to release all those sweet flavors with bitter hops.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a one finger white head with a apple juice coloured, clear body. The nose is strong honey, berries, mild resin and grapefruit. The flavour is intensely sweet and hoppy, with notes of northwestern hops, honey sweetness, apple, grapefruit and raspberry, displaying hop flavour over hop bitterness, though the finish is quite bitter. The carbonation is extremely gentle and the texture is oily, but finishing dry.
Ramenen (464) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAR 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank it with Juancho at the Ginger Man in NYC. Classic well crafted IIPA, with lots of citrus and a huge amount of hops.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Gingerman
Very nice, rich amber/copper color. Very strong aromas of resiny hops, well balanced throughout with not a hint of the 8% alcohol.... very drinkable, it sneaks up on you afte a couple imperial pints....
BakerStMuse (19) - USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus-y, flowery aroma, lightly hoppy flavor, very smooth. Light body. On draft at DBA.
TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught@The Ginger Man, NYC as "Imperial IPA"
Dark amber color, small off-white head. Fruity, very strongly flowery hoppy nose. Fruity aromatic hoppy with balancing malts. Wow - this is an IIPA with all the hops and same time extremely drinkable. Finish is flowery and grassy. Good stuff.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handbottle from mgumby10; Nose is flowery and piney hops, with some light caramelly undertones and a Listerine mouthwash like note; lightly hazy orange with a medium off-white head; flavor has light hop bitterness, caramel and a little pine.