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!
JFParnell (47) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Overall my second favorite Imperial IPA, next to Stoneís Ruin Ten. This beer is great. Not a hint of that grapefruit taste that I hate in IPAís and no bitter after taste. A great beer in my book.
BlackEyePA (570) - USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Awesome. Such a great brew, for 9 abv, hops are right on the money. The combo is money! The aftertaste isnt crazy over the top and the hops work well together like the 95 Cowboys! This shit is really good. Overall superb recipe! I could only hope to put together such a delicious combo of awesome ingredients and have it turn out as good. Red amber gold color. Smell and taste are nothing short of badass. Try it if you like IPAs, try it if you dont like IPAs, try it no matter what.
dwyerpg (4507) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I like this one even more than the lighter version. A fantastic fruity smell, nice orange color. This is a top notch beer. Quite hoppy but tons of fruitiness as well. Just a tad sweet at time, but mostly excellent.
robinvboyer (2994) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
depp orange pour with a sticky beige head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, oranges, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is intense! Hops, hops, and more hops! Wow, ok this should be in the Double IPA category, no way is this a run of the mill IPA. The hops are relentless. Sticky oily resinous hops with notes of pine, and citrus. Wow, VERY bitter finish. An intense beer. Iím not getting much malt, this seems pretty one sided to me, its just thrashing my taste buds. Hop head seek this beer out!! i love it!
zizzybalubba (1387) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from South Bay. Pours dark orange with a creamy white head. Aroma of pine, grass, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. Flavor is much of the same; big hop bitterness of grapefruit and pine with a nicely balanced sweetness not found in most West Coast DIPAs. Incredibly drinkable. This is outstanding stuff.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle via Hagen. Pours a semi hazy copper with a large beige head. Nose is malty with some herbal and pine hoppiness.
Taste starts a little sweet then quickly turns to a pine/grapefruit explosion with a hint of apricot and berries, then back to grapefruit and ending with a nice lingering pine finish, that sticks to the tongue for a good minute or so before demanding another long sip. Mmm this is good stuff. Great stuff. Chilled for 30 minutes from cellar to freezer, so about 55f seems to be a very nice temp to bring out a lot of flavors. I THINK i am tasting some Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hop flavors here, but who knows it seems very complex. Body is medium, carbonation is perfect. Alc very well hidden, i would not guess it was almost 9% if i hadnít read the label. World class stuff and an experiment that has passed muster!
Earlier Rating: 2/22/2007 Total Score: 3.8
22 oz bottle via Rothís. Pours a semi hazy amber with a small beige head. Nose is fruity and piney. Taste starts with some orange/grapefruit hoppiness, then some sryrup caramel maltiness and some toffee, and finishes with lots of pine and earthy hops. A bit of butterscotch and some rye flavor as well. Dry astringat metallic finish. Moderate carbonation. Full body. Sort of taste like a cross between a barleywine and a IIPA and an American Strong Ale..although there is so much blurring of the lines these days, it could fit within any of those styles. nevertheless, it is pretty tastey no matter what you call it.
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - MAY 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Borders on barlywine...my kind of DIPA! Tastes like the juice from some kind of honey grapefruit tree. I dont normally care how a beer looks, but this one is downright sexy, like a fiery sunset. Perfect mouthfeel, complex sweet taste. Wow. Only thing keeping it from perfection to me, is it needs more hop bite.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aromas of citrus and caramel. Well balance of sweet and bitter. Great balance, exciting.
tuohyam (14) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very good IPA. Not the best for the money though. Solid beer and yet another win for Deschutes.