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 (13722) - 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 (3926) - 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.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(hand bottle shared with irishboy.)orange body with a small white head.the aroma has some pine/citrus hops,but i also get this strange alcohol/medicinal tone.the flavor is much of the same.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark copper and clear, with a turbulent ascention of fine bubbles. A white cap of a half-inch stuck around for 2-3 minutes before retiring to a light skim coat. Not bad for a growler.
Aromatics are floral and citrus-laden. Dry-ish hopping and leafy, with light grassy notes, peaches, pears, and tangerines. A hint of warmth eludes to the strength amongst the hop-strong character.
Mouthfeel is drying and bitter, with a sticky, sappy cling.
The pallet is quite hoppy also, with a smooth, lingering bitterness which keeps the sweetish malts in check.
Plenty of tropical fruits and powdered resin.
Dryed apricots, candied orange segments, and pine sap are forefront, with the bitterness continuing on for the duration.
Finishes with a drying tackiness and warth on the back of the throat.
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Paul for the handbottle! Poured translucent medium orange with a tall initial cap of deep beige head. The aroma picked up a helluva lot of hoppage.. pineapple, grapefruit, and pine led the way with lighter fruits and a bit of citrus sweetness behind. The flavor had lighter fruits and hints of honey and toffee at the core, surrounded again by heavy bitterness.. pine and juicy pineapple were amplified by spicy alcohol.. warm, fruity finish. Heavier-bodied on the palate with just the right carbonation to keep it moving along.. well-balanced and just really enjoyable all-around!
beastiefan2k (2777) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do not know what took me so long to finally rate this beer. Either way every time I drink it I am always reminded how authentically non-East coast it is. It s a clear dark amber color with a small but sticky head. Aroma is strong tropical fruit hops with some present bitterness to offset the medium sweetness of the hops. Taste is nicely balanced with sweet and lightly bitter hoppiness. It has a medium body that is not sticky or overly aggressive on the cheeks. Makes this beer so easy to drink and yet get your hop fix. Seems to not have changed much since it was originally brewed (as opposed to some of the other brews)
Goblet pour on tap at Blind Tiger.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
rotten pine aroma not much of a head. Tastes much better than it smells with pine and citrus. A little dry and a decent hop finish. Was looking for more.
rds (230) - USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 Clear golden body and dense near white head, citrus notes, great, strong hoppy flavor that challenges the tongue to move with the changing notes.