Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice caramel color with a medium off white head. Aroma is piney hops, grapefruit, pineapple, coriander, citrus and malt. Flavor is piney hops, grapefruit, pineapple, coriander, citrus, oily resinous hoppy and bitter. Loads of caramel malt to balance out the bitternes. Good IPA, more like a DIPA......way better than the other (last years) hop henge. Actually worthy of the name.
Earlier Rating: 5/3/2008 Total Score: 4
Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a nice thick soapy head. Aroma of hops, pine, citrus and malt. Flavor of hops, malt, sugar, with a little bit of bitterness that is balanced pretty well with the sweetness in the end. Not as extreme as some of the Imperial IPAís out there, but still pretty tasty stuff.
boFNjackson (4101) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2012 Bottle... Poured burnt orange with a white head. Aroma of strong hops and very leafy, grassy and herbal. Nice thick, foamy palate that teased the tongue a bit. Mostly dominant hop flavors with a bit of smoked, wood-like undertones and a sweet, caramel acidity.. Pretty solid, but not as individualistic as I would hope for in an I-IPA.
hapjydeuce (926) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up from BevMo in Mira Mesa. Shared with Katie. Deep amber color with nice creamy head development and fine white lacing. Fresh, hoppy aroma of ginger spice, grapefruit, light apricot, toffee and caramel crystal malt influence. Thick, malty flavor, which I like in my IPAís. Malty backbone is nicely supplemented with a sappy, dry-hopped bitterness in the finish. Tastes very green throughout, with lots of grapefruit. Very enjoyable.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a dark, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that clings to the sides as it recedes to a collar leaving good lacing.
The aroma is outstanding with tons of sweet citrus fruit hoppiness - grapefruit, mangos and especially pineapples. There are some floral hops mixed in with enough malts to balance it out in the nose. Fantastic aroma.
The taste doesnít quite live up to the aroma for me, a much more bitter representation of the smell. The hops are dominated more by the floral than the citrus and have a fairly abrasive feel to them, especially building up in the finish. There is only a slight malt presence in the background, mostly bready.
The mouthfeel is sticky with the hop juice with good carbonation and, as earlier stated, a slight abrasiveness throughout.
The nose is great on this one and the rest of it is very good. Another very good IPA from the west coast.
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and very slightly hazy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Some lacing was left on the glass as the head diminished. Aromas of fruitiness, citrus, floral, caramel, and pine. Tastes of pine, citrus, lighter fruitiness (vs. the aromas), floral, and caramel. The floralness came out more and more as I drank and enjoyed this one. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Earlier Rating: 4/6/2007 Total Score: 3.5
22oz bottle share courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of orange peels, some caramel, citrus, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, pine, and caramel. Medium bitter with only a trace of a malt balance. Struck me to be more of an IPA vs. an IIPA.
Ratman197 (9518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of pine, earthiness, orange, light grapefruit and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, orange zest and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/24/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Bomber poured a hazy copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine and light citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, pine and a hint of grapefruit rind with a lingering bitter finish.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Beverages 4 Less. Burnt orange-amber with a big fluffy head. Nose is perfect IIPA. Hoppy, piny, sweet citrus. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit and pineapple. Some creamy smoothness too. Yummy.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a amber color with a tall lingering head. Full nectar with excellent carbonation creates a soft, creamy mouthfeel. This is not as sweet as most and that goes a long way with me. I have to say after weighing all attributes, this beer is a classic.I want for nothing from this brew except for an explanation of why itís labeled an IPA. As for IPAs go itís the bomb exhibiting superb balance and structure. As for IIPAs go itís not as burly as most but it does deliver the crunchy hop infested palate driver that you would expect from an Imperial. Eight way this brew is a classic. Blows away AleSmith in overall componentry.
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2007 Total Score: 5
A cold slow pour releases a full blown creamy frothy that slowly recedes revealing clumpy islands of cream that hang the duration. Hugh Jackman shows off a brilliant iridescent golden amber color. Mild aromas of aged citrus, fat juicy hop pollups, and candy necklace. Full nectar w/ superb carbontion for a creamy texture. Beautiful! Fat malt decadence with a subtle candy sweetness that is deminished just as fast by a powerful hop bittering component. Luscious caramel meets the perfect hop balance w/ aged citrus rind. Nunces of leather, bright hard candy necklace, mild herbs. The finishing bitterness sticks w/ the user w/ lating aspirin burn sensation. Trump!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-golden color, slight haze, strong white head. Piney (almost rosemary) hop aroma. Slightly sweet with a nice full mouthfeel. Hoppiness and sweetness linger. One of the more interesting IPAs Iíve had in the past couple of years.
highibus (707) - Vail, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a beatiful almost red tinged amber with great cream colored head. Great lacing. wonderful aroma of fresh piney hops. up front is a little alcohol and then the hops hit. doesnít last long because of the malt balance. I would like to see a longer lingering hopprofile. good though.