scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy copper, thin white head. Intense hoppy nose of orange zest, caramel, black tea, and toffee. Bitter tones of spruce, orange, caramel and brown sugar. Medium bodied, very light carbonation, bittersweet finish. In your face stuff which I really dig....
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Pailhead (or was it Styles?) at DL Day. Thanks! I remember having this on bourbon barrel at the MI Festival, although my palate was a bit too fatigued at the time to rate it. From the bottle, its cloudy and barleywine like in appearance, with notes of maple, citrus, and pine on the nose. On the palate, it reminds me a lot of Devil Dancer. Its spent a few months in the cellar, and I can imagine a few years would do this one well. Its hoppy! I was blown away that the alcohol level was 13.6. This hides it exceptionally well. One of the better Double (or maybe Triple?) IPAs Iíve had, and Iím not a huge hop guy.
kramer (4857) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Pours a slightly cloudy copper colored body under almost no head at all, save for a thin ring. Lots of yeast sediment in bottle. Aroma is bursting with raw green hops, hugely piney, over a heavy syrupy caramel malt base. Hop tea in the highest! Flavor is intense, tons of bitter hops with loads of heavy caramel malt. Just lots of everything in this one. Finish is warming and bitter. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy with extremely fine soft carbonation. This beer was like chewing on hop pellets. I can only imagine what it was like when extremely fresh. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for being 13%. Worth seeking out.
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this one in a trade a while back and let it sit for a good time. Pours out a hazy dark amber color with a small lacing head. Aroma is of pine hops and some sweet malt. Very thick mouthfeel with a nice balance of citrus hops and some earthy malty flavors. Alcohol hits on the finish. Solid brew
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Sprinkle. I have been seeking this for a while. Pours a murky amber orange with a diminishing white head. In your face aroma of sweet rich caramel, malt and fruity hops. Resinous texture. The malt flavors here are really overpowered by the grapefruit and piney hops. However, some sweet brown sugar flavors sneak through before the finish. On the bitter and slightly boozy finish, the hop juice coats mouth and throat, and warms as it goes down. To me, this is more like a barleywine than a IIPA.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my man Styles for the huge IPA! Poured a thick, hazy medium orange with about nothing going on for head. Nose picked up heavy grapefruit with pine needle accents... plus a definite alcohol undertow. Flavor found thick candied grapefruit upfront, pine resin, raisins, and heavy caramel across the middle, and finished with more caramel, pine bitterness, and alcohol flavor and warmth. Syrupy and heavy on the palate, coating all the tastebuds quite nicely. Bitterness level was ideal. This was a deep and seductive brew that was surprisingly drinkable. Thanks, Chris!
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via sprinkle. The beer pours to a transparent deep orangish amber body with visible carbonation and a very dense 1 inch off white head. The aroma is very piney with zesty oranges and caramel malt. Something lurks beneath. Perhaps a light port wine? The flavor reminds me a lot of the Wisconsin group brew that we created. Piney, woody apricots, butterscotch, caramel. I bet they used jaggery in the making of this beer. Itís got that similarity to our homebrew that was used (that and Iíve never tasted it in another beer until now). The palate is warming in the gut but not to the taste. An overrated IIPA. Tastes and smells too much like the Wisconsin IIPA group brew that used simcoe, amarillo, centennial, cascade, plus about 10 other ingredients. That was just an experiment. But, it seems that this is very similar to our goofing off.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured an opaque orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, with notes of pine, citrus and alchohal. This has a well balanced flavor with a nice hoppy taste accompanied by some sweet caramel malt notes. This was very smooth and I was surprised to see how strong this was, very drinkable for 13.6%.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Analmost harshhop pineyness greets the nose,which mellows out to malt and alcohol and fine beautiful grain hop.Cloudy orange amber color,,wow,big citrus hop dominant tastewith backing of big sweet sticky malt and a definite alcohol presence,. Strong hop dominant Double IPA The parade of great hop brews just continues to march out of the Midwest
mmhnto (31) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 Oz. Bottle courtsey of the Nugentís. Earthy, pine hops aroma with some higher alcohols present. Small head which leaves a very nice lace. Sweet finish with mild hop flavor some caramel malt. This beer has aged quite a bit, but oxidation notes are not very strong yet. Great stopper for the night.