Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
03/04/05 Bottle. Poured into small Scotch tulip glass as nearly clear golden-orange color with lasting thin white head and decent lacing. Nice spicy hop aroma while still chilled. First taste impression: fruity, malty, hopy, syrupy with little alcohol presence (that last part is sure to change as the beer temperature rises). Just the right level of carbonation. Aroma still mild as it warms up. Hop bitterness is low in this beer. I think some of what Iím tasting is coming from hop flavor. Yum. The warmer temps have created more alcohol aroma. This does taste a lot like a barlywine. Lingering tastes of sweetness and bitterness in the finish. The sweetness does build up making it difficult to drink more than 4 or so ounces.
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been waiting to try this beer for over a year. It pours off orange to amber with a thin white head. Mild citrus aroma while in the glass. The body is thin, palate starts out smooth, turns sweet and finishes with a mixture of sweet and bitter citrus flavors that hide the alcohol entirely. Itís difficult to take more than a mouth full at a time because the aroma penetrates your nose and takes over your entire mouth with wild delicous sensations. The carbonation is just right and after the swallow it bites the tongue with just the right amount of bitterness. Iím not sure I would make this an everyday choice to drink but Itís certianly an IPA to try.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Um...this is an IPA? I would certianly like to try it fresh. My bottle was a 2004 bottle. I certianly liked it, it was rich, creamy and malty. There wasnít really a balance of hops. Could this be a well blended and balanced beer, or one that has had itís hops mellowed into oblivian? Iím not sure, but I did enjoy the sweet nectar that flowed from my glass, and did appreciate the hop like resiny taste that I could barely pick-up.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW this is a Barley wine in my book, in the same caliber of Bigfoot ale.
Nice creamy head, extraordinary lace all the way down. Incredible blast of flavors right off the bat. Malty sweetness balanced by big hop bitterness. great beer WAY expensive. would love to have some several years after cellaring, i think the flavors would blend and improve even more.
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is of citrus, huge hops, malts, dark fruits, and plenty of alcohol. Flavor is pretty much the same, very thick brew and finishes with plenty of alcohol warming. This brew is not for the average beer drinker. Not the most bitter beer iíve had but itís pretty close. Some people told me it was too much, perhaps it is but I still find it pretty delicious.
ivan9856 (190) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ale pours a with a cloudy, deep amber or copper colored body and features a large, long-lasting tight white head that leaves a splendid lace pattern. There is a strong nose of alcohol, malt, hops and dark, preserved fruit. Palate entry is a dense onslaught of sugary sweetness and unambiguous alcohol spiciness. Mid-palate is creamy smooth and offers hints of preserved dark cherry, port wine and dark raisin. Despite the high hop content, I find the finish less drying than expected. A nice warming alcohol sensation completes the drinking experience. This beer is not subtle and would probably be improved with some long term cellaring. Nonetheless, this is a unique ale worthy of it rating.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004. Rufescent ambered gold pour, with edges of honey and a silky smooth creamy head of ivory. Surprisingly pungent rich aroma of cherries, cran, toasted pine nuts and light wafts of red cedar. Heavy on the malt. Flavor is an alcoholically biting creme and berries, flowing downstream to a state of vegetal conciousness with hearty pine resin, grapefruit skin and light tiger balm. Heather dances with diamonds on the fruited plain of smoky breezes. This amalgam of alcohol, hops and grain has moved into a phenolic flow of biting esters and sweet currant juice, running from the edge of stone ground cracker slather with pineapple cream cheese. Itís a delectable dance, but too grindingly harsh as Jesus and the Mary Chain can sometimes be. Lay off the ether, someone glances at me. Itís a slippery slope to the world of overdoneness and 120 minutes can be 20 too many. Way too alcoholic hot. A touch of ergot and grain in the end. Holy crap! This is twenty one percent? What was I thinking. Well done, Chap. An earthy complexion yields from the abusive hop history. Itís transformed to another level, all together. With new dimensions, flavors and character. In the end, though, I miss the standard hop behavior.
vanwiel (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a much anticipated beer for me. As I poured it I could smell the lovely aroma without even getting my nose close to the glass. I expected a high alcohol taste but was surprised by a sweet caramel flavor. It was my hope that it would be hopier. You know a beer that takes a couple of tastes to let your pallet settle into the intenseness of the hops. However, the wonderful sweet flavor had won me over. This is a great sipping beer that will not disappoint.
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
for starters... i donít remember this beer being this sweet.
huge floral hoppiness in aroma, underbitten by alcohol, which becomes more prominent as the beer has time to rest.
honestly, this isnít as bitter as i remember before. maybe itís because iíve become more beer-saavy in the past year... but the sweetness is almost too much in this.... i remember last years batch as being a kick in the face of hops. right now, i feel as if iím drinking a not so syrupy hop liquor.
palate lingers for a while, but the sweetness lends to notes of caramel and takes away the hop backbone i recall from this.
this is still an incredible beer, but not as fantastic as i remember...
and iíve been desperately watchign and waiting for this to hit the shelves since it was supposed to be released in March... here it is in mid-May, and we found it last week after hounding every beer and liquor store for months... and at our local beer-mecca pub. (Rich Oís in New Albany, IN)
again this is great, but not as íbrutally hoppyí as i remember it to be.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I loved it, the girlfriend loved it. Golden color with an off white fluffy head that lasted surprisingly long. Hop aroma isnt as strong as you might expect, but the pine/citrus notes of American hops are there. Sugary sweet taste that actually overwhelms the alcohol and hop flavors. It is by no means balanced, its like drinking hop soda. Strangely, it is really good. Definitely unique. It is definitely going to be a love/hate beer.