MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear dark orange color with a medium head. It’s got a pretty cool label on the bottle; Zeus with lightning produced hops. Not overtly sweet like other IIPAs, but not loaded with the normal hop flavors you’d expect. Might be stale hops, as there was no date on the bottle.
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 12oz. Deep hazy brown with a very small amount of fine head. Aroma is first quite sweet: bubble gum and then picks up with grape fruity hops. Flavor is sharp of hops and leads to a long bitter finish. The light body is a surprise given the murky appearance. A decent double IPA whose hops are unencumbered by excessive malts.
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[1279-20080410] 12floz bottle. Super grainy hops aroma with citrus navel orange and toasted lemon and pine and sweetness. Clear, medium orange amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Pine hops citrus flavour has acidic bitterness and toasted malt. Medium bitter body. Good, but made even better because Zeus is throwing hop thunderbolts!
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hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, and toasted caramel. Tastes of basically the same. Alcohol content well hidden.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep copper with 2-finger off-white head and great lacing. Nose is fruity, with berries, heavy grapefruity hops, solid caramel malt. Tastes very resiny hoppy, with caramel malt, and not as much fruit in the flavor as the aroma, but notes of grapefruit and mild berries emerge throughout. Smooth, velvety palate. Nice.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Hoppy aroma. Smells of hops, citrus, grapefruit, resin, and nectarine. Poured copper in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared. Clear. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, grapefruit, resin, citrus, fruit, and tropical fruits. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish is not all that bitter. 8%ABV is well hidden.
kassner (1351) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had to take it by the bottle, but very nice double IPa, with plenty of aroma and florals but still firmly on the dry side. Very slightly hazy light amber, faur head
matt7215 (2173) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from a trade with Linus_Stick. pours brown with a mid sized tan head that lasts forever. nice lacing on the glass. very dark orange, much darker then most IIPA’s. aromas of sweet maltiness. mostly caramel with some hops but the aromas are pretty subdued. flavours are smooth malts with piney hops, a touch of plastic near the finish. not very complex a little to sweet and the plastic almost ruin it all. not terrible but needs some ironing out.
agl108 (786) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured deep amber with poor head retention. No lacing. Piney nose. Sweet and malty with a piney, citrus flavor. No alcohol noticeable. Nothing stands out about this one.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capones - Amber color with a medium head. Aroma is big and citrusy with some sweet, sugary essences. Flavor is a bit citrusy and piney with some sweet malts, but lacks a dominant "punch" that I would appreciate in the style (I would call it a regular IPA). Not bad at all - good stuff, just not in the "outstanding" category.