lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Was lucky enough to find a 4 pack of this. Very thick, unfiltered dark copper color. The aroma really jumps out at you, and is dominated by a pleasant piney smell, with maybe some grass. Flavor was a bit much at first, but I quickly grew to crave more of the grapefruity, earthy taste. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. I respect bold beers, and this definitely fits that bill as its the strongest, highest gravity IPA Iíve ever had.
IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Odeed; Nose of piney hops and ivy smelling hops; Appearance hazy brown with a small off white head; Flavor of caramel, dark fruit, and light hop bitterness. Was this a double barleywine IPA? Naw on;y 13.6% and not noticeable at all. Well balanced!
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, pours orange/amber with a average size white creamy head that fades away quite quickly leaving just a small white film on the top, there is little to no lacing to be found. Looking through the glass there are big chunks floating around, if you didnt know any better you would think it was apple cider. The aroma is awsome, hops all the way, very citrusy. Takeing the first drink, it was really sweet and really bitter. Big hop flavor, pine, citrus (grapefruit and orange) you can taste the caramel malt behind all the hops. The body is full with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden, but it is there. The guy in the beer store said he just got this stuff in and was ranting on how good it was, he also said it is available in very limited quantitys, so I bought 2, one to drink fresh and one to celler for a while. Overall, this is a very good IIPA.
BigBeer45 (1200) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured cloudy amber gold from a 12 oz. bottle, nice slightly off-white head, big pine, citrus and floral scents with lots of caramel and sweet malt aromas, big bite of hop bitterness on the tongue, lots of sweet thick malts and grapefruit flavors in the mouth, full mouth feel, finishes dry with a bitterness that stays on your tongue, I found this drink to be more balanced towards the malt, the alcohol aroma and taste is revealed as it warms but stays in the background, lots of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to Styles for sending me this. Poured a deep amber body with a nice big head that dwindled down fairly quickly. Nice grapefruit aroma, lost of other citrus, very pleasant. Flavor is a huge mash of hops right up front, bitter but vary sweet. The hops are huge but very bareable with a sweet malt backbone. The grapefruit hop taste leaves a long lasting impression on the tongue. Good beer.
demitriustown (1027) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz Bottle with the cool green wax. Iím guessing itís the 2007 batch, because these things donít last for long on the shelves. You can smell the hoppy grapefruit just from opening the bottle . It is quite pungent and very forth coming. Into the glass I can smell the pine needles and a very dry hoppiness, some very light caramel, but the overwhelming scent is the grapefruit hop aroma. Pours almost like fresh apple cider a cloudy almost brownish/ orange with a thin sized head that lingers. Taste is heavy on the hops, citrus, nicely bitter, almost candy-like with the fruitiness coming through nicely. The 13.6% alcohol by volume is very well hidden in the brew as well making it very well rounded. I like this a lot, but my favorite IIPA is still Hopslam. This comes in a close second though.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honestly, this stuff looks just like raw sewage poured into a glass, its baby poop brown with a TON of stuff floating in it, but wait, its tasty! Heavy on the hops, but balanced out fairly well. Not near as sweet as other DIPAís i have had, and thats good. ONe heck of a lot of grapefruit taste, good stuff here, my rating would be higher but i had to rank it pretty low on appreance, regardless if it is supposed to look like that.
jrob21 (2288) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral and lavender aroma. Murky reddish brown color. Creamy texture. Bitter backbone and malty thickness. Grapefruit, alcohol and slight sugary tastes as well. The adjectives kept coming as I drank this one so I guess Iíll just call it complex. Nice one.
Marsiblursi (2975) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, thanks Ughsmash) Pours beautiful hazy redish amber. Peppery, fresh hop aroma with tones of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange peel. Also some pine, apricot, lychee and some smaller notes of roses, black tea and alcohol. The malt brings sticky caramel. Hoppy flavour with some caramel sweetness. Hop brings grapefruit, pine, apricot and pepper. Rather fiery alcohol bitterness. Clean, rather nice sticky mouthfeel. Medium to full hoppy bitterness and medium sweet. Also quite dry. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Medium to full, malty body. Under rated!
EithCubes (4575) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 Bottle, green wax, fresh 07. Massive delicious floral and grapefruit nose, hop profile reminds of Dreadnaught, though Iíd need to compare side-to-side to be sure. Sweet and alcoholic. Body is full of motionless, suspended sediment and a pretty dark amber-orange gradient, with a very creamy yellow-tan head. Harshly bitter taste, but a little more to my liking that the single Crooked Tree. Tongue-numbing and throat-warming. Obviously huge body. Grapefruit and citrus flavors take on like peach and caramel, perhaps some lychee in the bg. Spicy, peppery, but not resinous. A little over-the-top, letís see if some age helps to mellow. [3.5]
This is a bottle from the same batch, four years later, in 2011. Hah, a four-year old DIPA! Nose is still pungently hoppy, actually greatly reminds me of Indian masala, and not just a little bit. The overall beer description at the top of this page is right on -- with some age, this sucker really smooths out. Has good, hearty bitterness, but nothing extreme. The alcohol is better integrated. Thereís cardboard and heavy oxidation, but the caramel isnít bad, and the papery resin still tastes good. Hops are damaged, more like crippled, and the flowers and citrus are totally gone, but there are some pleasant non-yeasty notes in here that suggest an imperialized Galeís recipe. No longer very good at this age, but not bad, either. Alcohol doesnít stand out like expected, and the mellow darkness, with wood and leafy plant overtones, is at least something to be enjoyed. [2.8]