Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber with a off white, almost tannish head. Sticky lacing. Soapy and citrus hops. A touch of malts backing it up. Hops and malts are blended nicely. The flavor is bitter and full of citrus and pine. Bitter end with a fuzzy mouthfeel.
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber poured a hazy copper with a large, lasting amber head. Aromas of Hops, lots oí hops citrusy and piney all my favorite hops! Palate was medium bodied, dry and resiny. Flavors of Hops piney, citrusy and even earthy!also a hint of carmel with a dry, lingering pleasently bitter finish! An outstanding IPA!!!
bb (8637) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Reddish amber beer with a nice off-white head. Big grapefruit and mango aroma. Nice fruity hop flavor - grapefruit, lots of resins. Underlying malt sweetness. Nice lingering bitterness. Some tannins coming through.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the type of IPA I love to drink. Good looking amber color with a medium sized ivory head. Strong citrus, grapefruit aroma with notes of malt. Creamy, soft texture up front, with a good balance of citrus hops - mostly grapefruit and orange, pine,and malt flavors. The hop flavors quickly overwhelm and dominate in a long lasting bitter finish. Killer stuff!
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 From the bottle (2/12/06). Pours a reddish brown with a good-sized off-white head.
The aroma is huge, flowery hops beyond belief, promising an enormous juicy citrus flavor. The flavor makes good on the aromaís promise; this is a powerful hop-bomb, braced with generous helpings of slightly sweet, chewy caramel malt. The finish is wickedly bitter, not at all metallic or soapy, just kick-you-in-the-teeth bitter.
Deschutes seems to be aiming for a Stone Ruinition killer here; theyíve certainly come through with a serious competitor as a hopheadís IPA. Nonetheless I have a few complaints. The carbonation is more aggressive than I would like, and the malts, while they might need to be rich to back up this blast of hops, seem slightly overdone to the point of dragging this beer toward the too-dark-for-as-hoppy-as-they-are PacNW winter brews that I find so tiresome. Even the hops are on the strongly aggressive side: not painfully so (Iíve never met a beer that Iíd describe as such!) , but I wonder whether Iíd enjoy it even more if it were a little bit more subtle. As a result, the whole ends up somewhat short of the sum of its parts. Still, I can just imagine that this thing would be a dream come true on cask...
OK, so I tracked this one down on tap at the College Inn in Seattle, and Iím even more impressed. My complaints above go by the wayside; the carbonation is better, the malts are not overdone, but rather they simply assertively back up all those hops, and I donít find myself wishing the beer was a bit more subtle. This is a real winner.
Oct í06 The better part of a year after the original release, I broke open my last bottle. The beer has mellowed -- the hops slipping back and a warm rich caramel coming out in the malts, not sweet so much as flavored. Perhaps a hint of oxidation, but this is really a nice beer now as well.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Bittercreek Alehouse - Boise, ID
Light hazy mamber, sticky thick head and decent lacing. Nose of fresh zesty citrus hops, light in malt but plenty piney, resinous and sticky in the hop department. The flavor is balanced but a strong bit of carbonation and an offset sweetness level foul up the already light body. Finishes bitter, lasting, but still clean and refreshing. A bit malty and strong with the hops. Above par PNW example of the style.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Wow. The nose on this thing is amazing. Bowls you over with floral hops, citrus, grape, other sweet fruits. I was afraid to taste it and be let down, but I wasnít, at least not much. The flavor is very balanced, not as bitter as I had feared. Itís very citrusy, so you gotta like that. Overall, though, my new favorite IPA.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Bottle. Pours an attractive reddish orange color, very clear. A long lived off-white head forms and leaves sheets of lacing behind. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, lots of piney and earthy qualities to it. Medium bodied. Just the barest hints of toasted malt are washed away quickly by the hop bitterness. A bit overdone on the hops perhaps, nothing horrendous but definitely qualifying as a hop bomb. Bitterness lasts quite some time in the finish. Decent, palate killer. <P> 2005 release consumed Nov. 2006. Deep bloody copper colored with a long retaining off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma is hoppy with a huge caramel influence, light musty influence. Medium bodied. Lots of caramel malt in aroma and tatste. Piney and earthen hops in flavor. Earthy qualities last in aftertaste. Tasty. Holding up well.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber body with a laced vanilla head, a nose so hoppy it could only belong to that of a some sort of large lizard beast, the sort of creature that you imagine is terrorizing some small japanese hillside village but canít truly feel the passion of until it sits down breathes fire down your mind while it brews a beer with a druid and an uptight conservative asshole (possibly a lizard beast himself), I hate to support a brewery thatís based on such a satanic framework as the republican party, but satanís army seems to have produced a rather pleasantly decent brew this time, bitter domination with out a great deal of balance in the flavor, honey, with sort of a weak malt finish, rigid hop palate, and the beast continues to breed despite my pleas for peace
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours a murky, dark yellow-amber color with a small, beige, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is really alluring! A light, sweet malt base of toasted bread supports a complex hop orchestration of flowers and herbs, juicy grapefruit, dried apricot, resin/pine and cedar. A nice spicy alcohol note adds additional interest. The flavor is lightly sweet and moderately bitter and gives away quickly to a long, lingering, lightly acidic, heavily bitter finish that wants to go on forever. The body is medium, the texture is almost velvety and the carbonation is average. The finish is lightly warm with alcohol. A few more samples like this and I could become an IPA fan.