SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Aroma was served with a healthy and hearty smell of floral hops and bold notes of citrus. Poured a burnt orange color with signs of flakes floating about and thick foam head. The flavor is a extreme shock of bitter hops and yet also contains a raw honey taste while a bready wheat oat background finishes last.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut amber with a great, lasting head. Toasty malts with an underbelly of sweet caramel. Snappy and bold hops seemed green and organic-tasting. Also zingy, electric, citrusy and sprucy. Tasty beer.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 22oz. Bottle in Honolulu Bar 35. Amber with off white top. Floral citrus aroma. Sweet. Balanced hops and malt profile. Medium body with with tasty long finish. Very good DIPA!
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím rating this as an Imperial IPA, not an IPA.
Aroma-Piney, resinous and a little citrusy, with some strawberry esters.
Appearance- Itís dark for an IIPA, the head dissipates quickly, and it is a bit cloudy when cold, possibly due to dry-hopping.
Flavor- Hops! Piney and grapefruit, with some moderate resinous flavors. Bitter taste hangs on after the beer is swallowed. The Malt background balances the hop profile, barely. There are oaky flavors that I detect. There is a definate citrus flavor which triggers the sour sensor on the side of my tongue.
Palate- Medium Body, the bitterness seems astingent, but itís just the hop bitterness. Moderate-high carbonation.
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a little fruity. has a hops EXPLOSION that comes on fast and doesnít let up. But aside from that, not much flavor or balance. Highly carbonated, brown/orange smells grapefruity and crisp. maybe tastes a little slimy. i love hops so iíll rate it well, but i wouldíve liked more body.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense hop complexity - monster resin and pine with a citrus component of fresh, distilled grapefruit. Very floral and aromatic. A bit of a soapy finish but rounded out with the strong caramel malt. Clean and impressive.
Earlier Rating: 1/22/2007 Total Score: 3.9
Rich, malty IPA with a definite, pronounced sharp , fresh hop finish. It does taste a little too fresh, the bitterness is very sharp and stings , however they are two of my favorite hop styles so the blow is lessened. A little thin too. Really nice brew overall - would be better without the edge.
Re-Rate - April 17, 2008; Purchased a bottle of the new batch. More mellow than previously. Sweet, honeysuckle upfront and a muted astringent finish. Very floral and citrusy- I get some soft pine notes as well. Slightly roasted malt - Old Rating 3.7, New Rating 3.9
3fourths (8480) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Ridiculously fresh, supple, gooey, dripping, glistening pineapple and
pear flavored hop oils. Candied cherries and sugared, gummy pineapple
slices tickle the front of the tongue, while a soft oiliness and a
chewy richness of body overtakes the palate. Sharpness builds over
the middle, finishing with a snappy but rounded bite on the back of
the throat. Just an insane IPA. Everything I love in IPA - clean,
oily, extremely fresh, fullness from proper protein breakdown during
mashing. Last bottle I had was weird :/
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ the PDX pub. Slighly more floral and fruity than I remembered. A little bitter w/ aspirin hoppy notes takes away from this overall well done brew.
Earlier Rating: 5/23/2008 Total Score: 2.6
bottle from southbay. Not impressed with this one. No hop aroma. Flavor is like a muted fresh hop pa. Drain pour.
Rusty (1539) - 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 (4186) - 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.