uhclem (326) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice IIPA. Pours copper with an eggshell head and good lacing. Aroma was subdued, and consisted of bread, malt and citrus. Taste was again of citrus and malt with a little resin - and letís not forget the hops. The brewer did a decent job of loading up on hops, yet keeping the balance. Alcohol was nicely hidden. Mouthfeel was excellent - silky yet crisp. Aftertaste echoed the balance.
pepsican (1395) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a thin off white head. Aroma was citrus hops and sweet malt. Flavor had caramel malt, a touch of sweet sugar, and a bit of grain. Some hops, toffee, and corn as well. Finishes bitter sweet, decent mouth.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I loved regular hop henge so I was excited when this came out. I donít want to say that I am disappointed because I am not, but I was just expecting a little more. It tastes like the grain bill was doubled but the hop bill was left the same. Sweet malty nose, with a faint hint of floral hops, a light bit of citrus, but like I said before, very malty, and that definitely has an affect on the hops, a slight bit of bitterness on the tongue, but no actual complexity, as I was looking for some typical hop flavor characteristics, and found very little. Still this is a good beer all around, but I think it could be tweeked, and Deschutes is notorious for that, it will become a better recipe down the road.
greenhorn1 (731) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from BottleTrek.com. Pours a clear amber with a minimal head. Mild citrus nose with some floral and pine notes. Dominant malt flavors, in additional to floral and citrus. Unbalanced for a IIPA and the ABV was very noticeable. The carbonation was very low and hurt the beer overall. I believe with higher carbonation it would have released a more noticeable aroma and would have brought out more of the hoppy flavors. I had high expectations for this one, but it just did not do it for me.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber from 99 Bottles in Federal Way. Active, foamy pour leaves layers of lace. Amber in color, with just a touch of haze. Nose is a sweet pine and citrus mix, strong, but not overpowering. Flavor is malty for an IPA, but perhaps not for an IIPA. In this case, I felt that the malts kind of pushed some of the hop bitterness aside. Even so, the hops are present all along the tongue, and do leave a lasting impression. The mouthfeel is definitely thick and resinous. Those looking for a hop-monster might be disappointed, but I liked this beer quite a bit
cstuartj (853) - Washington, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright red/orange yellow with a nice pillowy white head. laces well while drinking. Nose is hops, pine, flowery/grass, bitter. Attack is piney hops and biter, very light on the tongue, just a hint of alcohol and malt, finish is bitter and dry. very nice IPA!
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Tenaya Creek in Las Vegas. The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a wispy white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Earthy malt, fruit and hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with fresh fruity hops, malt and caramel flavors. The finish is hoppy with lingering citrus and earthy malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
HughConway (676) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber with white laced head. Nice clear hop aroma. Taste is some malt and bitter, hides the alcohol. Not much Imperial about this more an IPA with an extra % abv.
stetzel (22) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
i donít know why i keep trying deschutes.they are very lack luster.everything they do anymore taste the same.if this beer would have come out ten years ago,i probally would have loved it!??!!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Clear, dark amber with good head. Big hops, but balanced well. Man, the pine hops keep coming in the taste and the bitterness really sticks around. Very bright hops. I love that it isnít even close to being sticky, syrupy malt. Comes off as light biscuit. This is more like a true double hop IPA vs. an almost hoppy barleywine, like many imperial ipas these days.