hopscotch (10180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler... This beer rocks!... Clear, deep amber ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great retention. Smells of toasted caramel with earthy pine and grapefruit. Lesser notes of brown sugar and ginger with mere whispers of menthol and cedar. The flavor definitely, and amazingly, leans toward the bitter side of balance. Sturdy caramel malt backbone with a bushel of earthy, piney hops. Brutal, woodsy bitterness with a shot of red-hot alcohol. Full-bodied and very creamy with mild carbonation. Lengthy, violently bitter, tongue and mind-numbing finish. Thanks so much to jjpm74 for shipping this hop monster to Florida!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand Bottled: Dirty caramel, somewhat hazy, moderate to large frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing. † Moderate floral and citrusy nose. † Moderate hop juice on the tongue, not biting at all. † Malt background is soft. † Fairly clean, with a slight hint of citrus rind bitterness on the exit. † Body and mouthfeel are modarate. † Fairly simple example, but pretty clean as well. † To me this is a 1.5 IPA as the malt backing for an IIPA isnít as heavy. † Strong lingering citrus rind bitterness after the finish. † Pretty good example, one that I wouldnít hesitate to have again. † The only thing I could add would be a tad bit more malt backing. † Otherwise this one comes across as quite tasty! † Thanks Paul for this lovely brew!
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this on-tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. I got a lot of dry hop aroma and mouthfeel from this beer, but not much in the way of sweetness or citrus. Appearance was rather serious - hazy copper with only a thin bit of lace. Mouthfeel was fairly crisp and not sticky. A pretty big beer, but a pretty good big beer.
Sammy (9813) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a hop story all around, found on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Hop aroma, hops in taste, full mouhfeel, with nicely done balancing and creamyness in the mouth. Good representation of the imperial style.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - APR 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. golden color. small head. hops in aroma. hops in taste. great complexity. piny hops. some sweetness. and bitter pallete.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/2 Gallon Growler. A lovely brew. It doesnít have the most intense hop aroma and flavor, but it is definately still pretty big. The malt provides a nice sweetness and balance, while the hops taste really nice. There fruity, piney and herbaceous. Itís a fine beer overall, with a big hop character.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a growler shared by goldtwins on 1/10/07: Pours a hazy copper bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet pale maltiness with lots of fresh, piny grapefruity hops. Body starts with nice sweet pale maltiness along with a good amount of fresh piny grapefruity flavor hop balance. A smooth, enjoyable double IPA.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2007
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap. Pours a deep reddish gold with a head that disapates quickly. Nose is incredible; muted floral hops with peaches and apricots. Yummy. Unfortunately, this was the highlight of this brew. The flavor is very bitter and there was not much to defend against that. It did have a nice creamy/viscous mouthfeel though. I continued to return to the nose to bring me back to a positive place for my next sip. However, this intervention was not working. This was very tedious to finish and extremely disappointing overall.
yespr (36237) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from handbottle from tap. Pours golden amber. Aroma is sweet citric aroma. Starts sweey citric and turns quickly strong fruity and flowery before it gets bitter into the finish.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by moejuck and spector at Columbus tasting 6, thanks! Orange pour with a white head. Aroma of citrus hops and light malt. Flavor of some citrusy hops and some caramel malt. Bedium body with a bitter finish.