DYCSoccer17 (3014) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG05 Bottle from 02/05. Spicy, piney, peppery aroma with some sweetness. Hazy copper/orange color with a yellowish head. Mildly bitter and hoppy to start, turning malty and very mellow. Kind of boring finish. There are nice malts in this with little alcohol present. Nice, but not as aggressively hopped as I would like from an IIPA. Granted, this is 5 months old, so the hops may have mellowed in fairness to the brewer.
SpringsLicker (2823) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG bottle #50 2005
This started out with a huge, creamy light brown head that stayed the whole time. Medium amber color.
Light malt and piney hop aroma.
Smooth full palate delivers a nicely hopped crisp IPA with a good malt to hop balance in the flavor.
argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, RBSG05) Clear amber body topped by big beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, herbal, some grapefruit, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, some grapefruit, light caramel, dry finish. Medium-full body.
3fourths (6958) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUL 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured the yeast end of the bottle, but I got a good whiff of leafy, grassy hops in the nose, reminding me of the Stone 5th with how much of an aged or oxidized quality exists. Bitter, dry and scorching wood once again, a common quality in DDC beer. A decent beer.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour was copper amber with a nice dense tan head...smell is sweet caramel and pine...the taste is absolutely great...delicate balance between malt/hops...it is interesting for an IIPA...great stuff...
ChazyRPh (581) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2005 RBSG - 660ml bottle shared with several others. I detect yeastly banana in the nose. Strange for an IIPA. Dry, sticky, sweet - mildly hoppy - unimpressive, run of the mill, maybe a little below average. This just doesnít stand out as an Imperial India Pale Ale. Very cool that I had the chance to sample, however.
CapFlu (4012) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(660ml bottle) Sampled at RBSG 2005 in Montreal. Mildly cloudy, copper amber body with a thin, white head. Nose of nail polish, iodine, red licorice and malt. The flavours of a weed blender - Hi-C Hops, hemp and oranges. Nice lasting and smooth malty finish.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 RBSG Montreal Saturday. 2005 bottle at the brewpub. Hazy orange amber colour with a frothy and bubbly off-white head. Piny, citrus (grapefruit and lime), caramel, and light alcohol aroma. Caramel, bread and orange flavours with a pine, citrus, grapefruit, and limy bitter finish. Full bodied, lightly sticky, but still smooth.
egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2005... Poured a hazy orange color with a thin, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tons of citrus hops, spices, and light maple syrup. Taste of crisp orange hops, lots of citrus, light caramel malt, and a touch of alcohol.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazy copper bronze with a well lacing off-white head. Dry, grainy, lightly toasted and hoppy aroma. Body is lightly sweet and caramely with some sticky toffee and a good, but not very potent hoppy balance. Not quite as extreme as some American versions, but a very drinkable double pale ale.