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 don’t 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 isn’t 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.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the PDX Green Dragon. Pours dark mohogany/amber with a soft light beige head. Big floral hop nose, fresh and citrusy. Hops were floral through the flavor as well, very well built beer, not overwhelming on the bitterness, but a beautiful balance of malts and fresh hops.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Horse Brass. Pours a bright orangey with a thinner offwhite head. The nose is bright with sharp citrusy hops, orange as well. Lightly sweet, without any darker or even caramelly malt character. Clean and lovely. Lower in carbonation. A bit fuller than watery, drinkable. Flavors bright and sharp. Really clean hop bite, largely citrus. The sweetness is very light, the pale malt flavor is strong. The finish is clean. A bit creamy maybe. Reminds me of Moylander. Better than I think the average score suggests!
dmac (5233) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber from stoutlover72, thanks Garret. Poured a hazy orange/amber with a small bubbly off white head. Rather sweet aroma for an IIPA with notes of fresh hops, caramel and rum. Medium bodied with average carbonation and bitter finish. Flavor of bread, caramel and toffee.....wheres the citrus and pine from the hops?? Although this beer is drinkable I was far from impressed.
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, there lived a strange race of people... the Druids. No one knows who they were, or what they were doing... but their legacy remains... hewn into the living rock of Stonehenge..." Spinal Tap. Surely the finest band ever to pull on spandex pants and lose a drummer to a bizarre gardening accident. Deschutes may not have had Tap in mind when they named this imperial IPA, but the standing stones on the label are about the size of those on Tap’s stage set. Hop Henge was a cherry-tinted brown colour with a loose cover of suds. The nose-prickling aroma was floral - violets, perhaps - with strong pine needles and caramel. Soft carbonation and quite thin in the limbs. Chocolate orange, intense lime flavours, Seville marmalade and a coarse, herbal finish. Very sweet and under-attenuated - presumably to balance the heavy alpha acids. Strong crystal malt toffee notes. Intensely bitter mouthwash-like finish. For mine, this was too sweet to rank amongst the better IIPAs. (Bottle courtesy of Linc at Ecze’s Sydney RB 2007 gathering. Thanks to both.)
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Orange-red pour with a white head. Aroma of caramel musty malt, floral/grassy hops, light fruits and yeast.
Flavors of sweet candied malt and earthy floral hops. Medium body, bittersweet with a sweet/bitter/dry finish.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
TRADE. Thanxz! To me, this p[oured a cloudy orange. Samll non descript head. Nosewas more malt than hop? Now the taste was a sour grapefruit. Pine in the palate as well. There was an underlying ???? about thgis, but the bottle said 8.+% The after taste/linger is HOPPY man, and , with the cool weather, It is a bit hot/hoppy for me. thanx for the trade. I loved this, and I am not a hop man.!
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
She’s a big’n. Drinks easy though. Mildly sweet and uber hoppy. Usual big malt middle from these guys. It’s like a signature with their beers. Love it.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on tap at the Truckee Brew and Blues festival, August 2007. Deep roasty grains aroma, dough; somewhat herbal-infused orangey hops aroma. A little raw and worty. Very hoppy, bittter flavor, quite sweet and chock-full of crystal malts. Hops flavor actually a little lacking, or at least hiding behind the bitterness and overabundance of toffee notes from the crystal malt. Less crystal malts and more attenuation would push this closer to being a winner.