BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fiery burnt orange color with a 3 finger ivory head that left significant lacing. Evergreen forward with pine resin, grapefruit, and citrus rind. Just enough caramel malt to balance out the harsh bitterness. I was pretty impressed by this brew...Deschutes has really been putting out some impressive stuff.
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2008 Total Score: 3.5
Where’s the imperial in this IPA??? Perdy (yes, I meant to spell it that way) crystal clear orange-amber color with a small white head that left lacing. This beer has a sweeter aroma than expected, but still possesses the traditional characteristics of most IPA’s. Flavor is well balanced and truly enjoyable...citrus, douglas fir, caramel late, minimal bitterness. A little thin. If this wasn’t categorized as a double or Imperial IPA, I’d definitely rate this highter!!!
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by miketd. Thanks Mike! Pours orange with white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, with some sweet caramel. Flavor is in your face biting hops. Pine, grapefruit, and finishes with a sweet grapefruit flavor. I was thinking simcoe perhaps? Great brew.
Earlier Rating: 5/31/2008 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle pours dark amber color with a off white head. Aroma is more sweet smelling from the malt than hops. Has a medium mouthfeel. Taste follows my nose and is pretty malty for a IIPA. Some hop flavors come in on the back end. Overall a decent brew.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a clear medium copper color with a good sized of white head that left good lacing. Tons of fresh pine and sweet malts on the nose with a touch of citrus. Flavor was medium sweet with great hop bitterness to round everything off. I great IIPA from the boys from Bend OR. Shouldn’t this be classified as a Double IPA?? Being almost 9%
Earlier Rating: 5/26/2008 Total Score: 3.2
22oz bottle from S.B. Liquor. Pours a nice burnt orange amber with a fairly thin off white head. Nose started off with good amounts of pine and citrus, then disappeared quite quickly. Flavor was a little off, had kind of a mineraly finish. Not overly impressed with this beer.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Pours caramel orange with a large tan head...aroma is bright pine and sweet malt...then you taste it...Not so sweet...hop bomb, citrus, pine, sunshine...the sweetness is still there, but you need to get past the ass puckering IBU’s to find it...balanced? who knows, my brain is melting...
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mostly clear, dark amber color with an average, pillowy, creamy, and yellowish head which settles somewhat quickly and leaves some lace. Nose is filled with lots of ruby red grapefruit, resinous pine filtering in right behind and other notes of spicy alcohol and faint biscuits; simple but pleasant. Flavor is not the same with the juicy, ruby red grapefruit hops diminishing quickly leaving dry resinous pine, dead grass, and tobacco. By the finish, only a moderately high onslaught of herbal bitterness remains. The palate is lively, more than medium, and lightly sticky and velvety. Last year’s version was put together much better with the hop flavors melding well together. All the nice citrus notes in the nose and early in the flavor progression are demolished by less attractive hop notes. Good but far less inviting than last years version.
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2007 Total Score: 4
Pours a transluscent copper-ruby color with an average-sized, off-white, creamy, frothy head; longevity is fair and lacing is tight and a little sporatic. Nose is a little muted but still sweet and citrusy; grapefruit, caramelized raisin, lightly bready, and lightly piney. Flavor is totally unexpected; starts with some sweet caramel and some citrus but quickly the hop flavors and bitterness kick in bringing an onslaught of presence. Buttery, biscuity malts back the highly bitter hop notes of herbal and some pine, almost cedar-like by the finish. Palate is interestingly nearly full, slick but still silky, and soft to lively. Finishes average length, all bitter with some warmth and lingering notes of herb and cedar. I would have thought there were more IBU’s than 95 based on the overpowering sensation the hops give, and it did take a while for my palate to adjust to the onslaught. But after the entire bomber, I liked it more after each sip. I think too many people were too quick on judging this one, it is not you typical IIPA and certainly took some getting used to; but it is refreshing from some others that try to simplify the style. Intriguingly sweet nose, and overwhelmingly overpowering hops in the taste.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Bottle. Pours mostly clear dark (golden brownish) orange with a sizeable head. Nose is a spicy evergreen forest of hops. So hoppy that the initial malty sip is quite a surprise, but it eventually fades into earthy hops with a long nice finish. Lacks the overpowering bite of some IPAs, but the flavors are interesting and very well balanced.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I must say - this is the most beautiful lacing I have ever seen. Decent sized head with good retention and density. Amber in colour. Grapefruit and spicy on the nose and tongue. Nice bitterness at the end. Well balanced nutrition. Good one.
nautwerks (3) - , Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2009 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Empire Ale House. Poured nice dark amber, almost orange with a great head on it.
Aroma was pine resin-ey and malty. smelled great.
Nice malt backbone but there was a flavor I can only explain as over-the-top minty. Like I just ate an Altoid and drank a pint. Made me not want to finish the pint.
Nice warming alcohol and nice and strong!
Don’t know if I could make myself buy a pint of this again. That minty flavor was simply overpowering.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well if this is in fact a different beer, I guess I will write a review until it’s deleted. The aroma was very nice with lots of grapefruit and other citrus along with some doughy sweet malts. The pour was a nice orange amber with a fantastic head and sticky lacing. Nice hops up front, lots of grapefruit, orange rinds, and some floral notes combine with doughy malts, light caramel sweetness, and a spicy bitter finish. A light amount of alcohol is detectable, the carbonation is light and this drinks very smoothly.
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is more sweet than hoppy. Some fruit punch or something. This is a thick and syrupy beer man. Wow! Barley wine like sweetness with some grapefruit and pine. Pretty damn bitter really with some caramel malt backbone. Not alot of lingering dryness.
drjay44 (2640) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. 8.75% ABV. 95 IBU per the label. Pours a thick head of good duration with attractive lacing, over a clear amber-gold body......nose is heavy pine, spruce, resin, grapefruit dominating....tastes initially of malt and the the hop layers come in, initially mild, then gradually building to a fairly typical hop bitter finish, which lingers just long enough. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Carbonation is light. The forces in this are incredibly well balanced. Thanks to Roxies.