steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a little buttery, but it isnít bad--just the right balance to share among all the taste buds (apple, caramel, natural spice from the hops...); overall a super smooth and tasty brew that hides the alcohol very well--great IPA that could have easily become aggressive to become an IIPA.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 60th rating of this brew, Bomber I got today at K&B. Pours deep orange with a tan head. Nose is full of pine and resin with a touch of citrus. Taste is pretty damn nice, a rich semi bitter grapefruit citrus with some resin and a touch of pine. This is a damn tasty and surprisingly smooth IPA for almost 9%.
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a varying reddish brown to an almost golden color with a prominent head. Aroma is of hops and grapefruit with a hint of something else just out of reach. Nicely bitter with notes of fruit and just a little malt. Fruitier than other IPAs Iíve had, which is interesting.
TheEpeeist (3295) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Clear amber with a puffed beige head that leaves lacy veils. Nose is orange, tangerine, brown sugar and a touch of pineapple. Medium to full body with a tang. Soft on the tongue. Taste is cantaloupe, juniper and orange peel growing bitter. Clean and dry finish like a good martini.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark for an IPA - almost reddish orange - with a thick, dense head. Aroma makes it seem like this one offsets the hops more with ripe fruit than with malts. Bitter, herbal hops are certainly predominant. Funky flavor! Resiny, bitter hops are layered over caramel malts and a mild, dilute apple juice. Mouthfeel is great - just a bit of a bite, but nice and thick. Leave it to Deschutes to keep playing around with a good recipe - Iím not sure this is better than last yearís Hop Henge IIPA, but this is good stuff, for sure. Great given its non-imperial status.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2008 Total Score: 3.6
Pours a clear amber with a small head. Aroma is subtle - not a lot there, which is surprising for an IIPA - sweet malts and a bit of the hops (far less than I know are in there). Piney, resiney hops dominate the flavor, with some light citrus notes and a good amount of malts to balance. Itís definitely sticky, leaving your mouth well-coated. This is a good beer, but I find myself asking "whereís the imperial?" It has a great flavor (balance is particularly impressive), but itís too subtle. I want it to have a bigger presence for an IIPA.
nickd717 (3471) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BevMo. One hell of an IPA. Dark amber color with a foamy cream colored head. Aroma is fresh hops and sweet malt. Flavor is more of the same, hops are piney and taste really fresh and crisp. Nice palate, fairly full for the style and a little sticky/syrupy.
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #2. The foam clings to the glass and covers the top of the beer. The hoppy flavor is complex and pleasant
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from K&B. Amber/brownish in color. Strong hoppy aromas. Somewhat skunky. Good hoppiness, but seems to have a bit of a soapy flavor. Pretty tasty but not great.
shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of great hops. Orange appearance w/a little haed that goes away. Great hop flavor w/the welcoming afterbite that sticks on the palate. Overall great IPA.
bb (6797) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper beer with an off-white head. Sumemr fruit and light grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with some summer fruit. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light tropical fruits and a nice bitterness.