SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - big thanks to eyedrinkale for this one! Pours rich reddish amber and hazy with a small off white head that diminished mostly. Aroma is sweet and fruity with apricot, caramel, hints of molasses, a bit of spice, very piney, spruce and citrus hops. Flavor is also very sweet, somewhat syrupy with hints of maple, clovey spice, cointreau, grapefruit peel hops and a strong alcohol presence that warms and bites. Thick full body and gentle carbonation round out this monstrous brew.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouring this one for my buddy Richie, whos funeral Iím attending today. Pours a very dark hazy amber color. Nice thick and foamy white head with spotty lacing. Aroma is full of pine needles, lemons, grapes, cherries, and some bready malt. Flavor starts sharp and sweet, lots of alcohol in the taste. Smooth body and finish to it. Thanks to Styles for this one!
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: lots of hops, some smoke, grapes, and a strong sort of chemical aroma--like the cleaning supplies used in a hospital
Appearance: orange-brown color, small, white head, some lacing
Flavor: hop leaves, malts, and caramel tastes
Palate: very smooth, nice malty/sweet caramel aftertaste
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark clear orange color with a light tan head. Nose is pure caustic hop oil, burning the nostrils with a pungent, alcohol infused orange and burning plastic, fuesal aroma. Flavor is mostly bitter, astringent, corrosive hop resin, some caramel or orange flavors perhaps, but itís hard to determine exactly what the flavors are when theyíre overpowered but fuesal aggressive hop acidity. Mouth feel is prickly, strong alcohol bite and a general numbing from the hops. This was sampled alongside Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA and this one is lacking compared to the Founders, in more ways that just one. However, for what it is, I canít knock it too much, but it certainly isnít something I would want to drink often. The semi-sweet, syrupy hop finish reminds me of some west coast IPAs such as Stone and Alesmith, but as a whole this beer doesnít cut it as something tremendously special. I always enjoy trying these styles, however, itís usually not my favorite but occasiaonally I find some gems.
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thin offwhite layer of foam. Lightly hazy copper/amber body. Pungent fat hop nose, piney, citrusy and fruity with good malt notes. Body is full, oily, resiny. Massive hop deluge, sticky pine, juicy citrus all backed by big malts, doughy and medium sweet, light caramel notes and then a alcohol shot reminding you of its 13.6% muscle. The heat residing in yer throat, gently of course ;) Finish is fairly dry, juicily hoppy and solidly malty. This MOFRO rocks! Thanks to EDA for the flight! A DIPA lovers dream!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yah, sitting alongside the Founders IIIPA we had two 13% IPAs in one night. This pours a very clear copper with just a small white head. Very sweet malty aroma, with lots of caramel sweetness and crisp hops with a bit of spiciness. Lots of alcohol showing throughout, but I thought it would being 13%. A bit of graham cracker flavor comes through in the malt with a very bitter strong hop finish. Very heavy body, almost as thick as a barleywine.
FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange brown. Small foamy white head. Sickly sweet malt and alcohol aromatics, with a spicy floral hop undertone. Very bready sweet flavor, loaded with diacetyl. Some residual bitterness in the finish.
jsquire (3227) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, from pailhead. Orange golden color against the light. Big mouthfeel. The first sip was very sweet and reminded me of a Twix bar without the chocolate. Caramel, applesauce, pineapple. Big hops and big malts. Very nice treatment of the IIPA.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big aroma, potent hops are resiny with a little citrus, tons of caramel there as well. Dark for an IPA, ruby amber color, thin white head. Intense flavor, toms of malt and hops, caramel and toffee, cotton candy, resiny/piney hops. The balance comes off moderately bitter, but you can tell there are a lot of IBUs and residual sweetness - has that bittersweet quality. Medium full body. Very intense but well balanced, tough to drink a lot of this because of the strength (both flavor and ABV). Thanks to Pailhead for this one.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma of big citrus and piney hops, caramel, and a touch of butter. Malt and hop flavors with the hop flavor carrying to a bitter finish. Nice warming sensation and a medium body. Alcohol was well balanced. i would drink this as my go to beer if it was sold around here. Normal I knock a bunch of points off for butter/diacetyl aroma but I liked this too much to do that.