JoeTheYounger (1156) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Clear golden pour with beige head. Aroma was citrus and pineapple. Taste was tropical fruits and was very bitter. Overall it was pretty good but a little too bitter for me.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber pour with a moderate white head. Aroma is pretty subdued, some sweet aromas and tangerine. Has a moderately heavy body with sweet and biscuity malt, more tangerine, general citrus. More malty and syrupy than I like my IIPAs.
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper body with decent head. Smells like this one has been aged. Nose like an American barleywine--candi hop and fruit. Nice candied hop sweetness and sticky malt flavors. Still, it doesnít strike me as unbalanced. A big beer and enjoyable, just does not stand-out.
IndianaRed (2738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a clear light orange/amber. full dense pillowy white head. Huge pine/junniper/ grapefruit aroma. Flavors are a strong bitter piney hop front with a woody papery malt backbone. Bitter and plain and a lingering bite that says "108 IBUs"
pinkzambia (1584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma abounding with pine forest and juniper shrubs, egg farts, and citrus. Extreme hops, extreme bitterness - there isnít as much as much sweetness that you expect from a 2IPA. Itís definitely much more of an in-your-face 2IPA. Nice bitter aftertaste that sticks around for a bit. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing!
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks kevin! Seems over the hill on the nose, oxidized hops, some Jammy orange. yellow gold, thin white head. hops are dominant, strong and leafy in their intensity. direct.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat muted floral nose. Some sweetness. Hazy orange golden. Sweet and malty, orange citrus notes. Somewhat too sweet. As my favorite shitty rater of sour beers would say, Meh.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber/orange pour with nice tightly packed foamy head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves some nice spotty lacing around the glass.
Pleasantly hoppy & sweet aroma. Flavor has a nice balance between sweet citrus and piney hop notes. Very interesting and well balanced combination - Iíve had plenty of DIPAs that lean heavily one way or the other, but the balance here is refreshing. Quite drinkable considering the 9% ABV and not overly bitter considering the 100 IBUs...
I would definitely drink this again. Tasty.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap pre-GTMW
Unlike West Coast imperial IPAs this did not have an immediate hop whallop. More balanced with a malty presence it was a decent example of the style. I doubt I will be picking up bottles to take home however with so many better alternatives (like Head Hunter) just around the corner. Even in Wisconsin a few breweries have done better.
Aroma / Appearance - Mild carbonation ringed the edges of the rusty brown base. It looked like someone had poured tap water from a faucet which hadnít been used in ten years. A rich vanilla head crowned the top for a while. Grapefruits, melon, malt, and pine resin mingled. Refreshing the senses this was a distinct change of pace from Belgians and sour ales.
Flavor / Palate - Starting out tame this built up to a moderate bite by the third sip. Chocolate oak, resin, and pine cones formed a reasonable texture. Overall it was hard to get excited about this though having had so many exemplars of the style. Even some of the Central Waters IPA line (like Glacial Trail) have more to offer.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure how old the bottle I got was but the hop profile was tired and tattered.