JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler, courtesy of MrBendo - thanks, Todd! Well, after working my way through this baby on a fine football weekend I can give it a hearty thumbs up. What impresses me about this beer is the interesting balance it strikes. Itís fine looking (ruby, deep), with a nice head (moderate retention). But what strikes me about it is the way it comes on very full and strong with rounded, floral hops, but finishes extremely dry and almost bitter. It makes for a pleasant combo, and a distinctive DIPA. Another excellent brew from this top-notch brewery.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the brewery. Paired with some blue cheese and salami. Sesame crackers and hummus on the side as well. Pours a rich orange golden color. Nice small head (orb) little fluffy clouds. Maybe its the food but the aroma is heavy hops and balanced malt. Pine and citrus form the hops as descibed come through nicely. Taste is sweeter than expected, but has lots of hops. Mostly hop finish with a little sweet sugary malt. Delicious every day beer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Name: Captainís Reserve
muddy orange, fine white head, touch of lace,
sweet pine aroma with a nice fruity mango essence,
sweet pine and caramel flavor, nice fruity sweetness, light balancing bitterness,
Name: Captainís Reserve
Mode: hand bottle
Score: 3.5 to 3.7
Words: throwdown 3
same wonderful sweet pine and fruity character, picking up a touch of alcohol, bigger bitterness in the finish but offers a bit more balance without distraction,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a sample from a growler ,a sample given from the brewer himself.This beer poured an amber color with huge aromas of hops,pine and citrus.Clean and crisp finish-an absolutely great beer.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Woah! Poured dark amber with off white head. Big aroma of hops and citrus. Big party of hop flavors in your mouth with hints of citrus. One of best IIPA Iíve ever had. Delicious and smooth.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from scthaden on "the other site" (sorry guys). Frothy head. Nice lacing. Crisp dry finish w/ a big, creamy mouthfeel. More like an American strong than a IIPA. Hop presence is rather subdued. Good nonetheless.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind Tiger NYC- One of the best aromas on an i2pa Iíve experienced aside from the dreadnaught. A wonderfuly balanced and huge imperial that would rate higher with a touch more malt. I am very impressed.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly clear amber. Aroma is the typical PNW goods with grapefruit, citrus, pine, a touch of tropical fruits. Typical caramel backing. Predictable but very enjoyable and well made. Had it as fresh as itís ever gonna be... kegged that day at the brewery. Bottle it!
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing in nearly every aspect. The coloring was a beautiful dark bronze, the aroma was ridiculously hoppy, and the flavor was everything you expect from an IPA and more.........much, much more. Hearty and easy to drink, yet thereís so much going on, you will savor every sip. Absolutely no hint of the alcohol this one packs, and the aftertaste just makes you want another one (and another one after that). Finally, a brew that lives up to the hype, I canít say enough good things about this fine crafted specimen. I canít imagine it gets much better than this!
Stine (1634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A still, clear amber pour. Aroma of wildflowers, vodka, and those poundable chocolate oranges. Simple. Taste initially seems to waver toward complete alcoholic dissonance. Sharp with aerosol. The flood eventually recedes into a pure citrus sunshine of pineapple, mango, and white donut peach. A massive piney bitterness, impossible to ignore, precedes a rather smooth and vegetal yerba mate pulse. Sufficient malt presence is felt but not tasted for the most part. This works. Carbonation is reserved, which streamlines the experience in this case. Soft and staying power on the palate. Vaguely different, and kindly effortless. Thanks Andrew!