notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Barcade - strong, bready malt backbone, with a slight biscuity driness - mild sweetness couples with the citrus qualities from the hops to give a mild orange and apricot flavor - a solid double IPA in a market saturated with good double IPAs - sigh!
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at Brazen Head, downtown Brooklyn. Slightly hazy but bright orange, with a white head mostly diminishing. Aroma of sweet pinapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and tropical fruit. Awesome tropical floral and fruit nose was reflected in the flavor-- sweet orange, ruby grapefruit, pinapple, peach passion, etc. and, by the way, a prevelant but mellow and pleasing hop finish. Sleek, smooth medium palate, and relatively no noticeable presence of alcohol. The cask conditioning and "cellar" temperature Iím sure brought out the best in this babe. The $4.75 happy hour pint was a bonus. An absolute joy under the circumstances.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is hazed opaque orange amber with a thin white head...floral grapefruit aroma...taste is sweet and richly malty with a nice fruity bitter finish...
CamdenD (1028) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice IIPA -- drinkable at 8%. Big hop nose and balanced tongue. This is not your overhopped IIPA, itís powerful, but tastefully done. Cask at Barcade.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 Tap at David Copperfields. Nice hop aroma with a small head. Taste is a hop fuckin bomb. I donít get the resin, piney West Coast hops but more of a sharp, prickly bite. Not too sweet and the high abv is felt right at the beginning. Has a nice finish as well.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Half Time Beverage. Poured a clear copper/amber with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of pine needles, candied orange peel, some peach or apricot fruitiness. Taste is heavy pine, a bit of orange, dry alcohol. Very dry and bitter pine finish. The flavor is not as complex as the aroma. Body is all right but actually feels a tad thin for the style. This is an IPA that does a lot of things right and some things just so-so. A good beer, a nice IPA, but not quite a "great" beer.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Cask at Barcade. Very cloudy deep golden hued beer with a thick sticky creamy white head. The aroma is very fresh and hoppy. Juicy sweet mango, pineapple, juicy fruit, orange and a touch of pine as well. Very fresh with a light herbal resinousness toward the finish. Light dusty pale malt. Low to moderate bitterness but massive amounts of hop flavour. A touch of grassiness that Iím not a fan of, but thereís still plenty of sweet tropical/piny hop flavour to keep this interesting. The flavour is also a bit too smooth for my liking, but itís much better than I gave this credit for the first time around. Light perfumy spiciness as the temperature comes up a bit.
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Chill hazed pale amber/golden colour. Fruity and strangely sweaty aroma. Some higher alcohols that arenít really working for me. Flavour is okay, sweet orangey hops with some light spiciness. Some resin. Noticible fruity esters. Really alcoholic as well. I canít say I enjoyed this one.
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puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first CL brew from an exciting new local brewery. On tap at Lazy Boy Saloon extreme beer fest. This beer was an interesting IIPA: not what one would normally expect in terms of hop assertiveness... much more balanced. In the nose, certainly, the hops shined, with greay peach, nectarine, grapefruit scents, very pure and rich and never offputting. The flavor was clearner with sweet malts holding the hops at bay, with a bitter, piney finish. Rich in the mouth, yet still slightly thin. Coating but not thick palate, I guess. A very nice brew.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the brewery. Pours amber with a white head. Smells very citrussy. Tastes of well balanced citrus hops atop a brilliant malt profile.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Great IPA! This extreme hoppy IPA tastes like a fresh spring day! Smooth going down, great head, and tremendously satisfying aftertaste! Canít get enough of it!