legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, I don’t even know where to start. First off, I find thi sbeer to be really one dimensional, but how can it not be, considering how it was made. I recently bought a bottle of Hop Schnapps in Germany, and this whole pint reminds me of that a lot. The 20% definitely goes straight to the melon.
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of hop aroma, grapefruit and strong. Also lots of alcohol as well. Copper/amber aroma with a thin white head. Starts out with a huge grapefruit taste, then a bitterness, and then a astringent flavor. It ended with a curious sweetness that almost tasted like pure sugar had been dumped into the bottle. A nice thick mouthfeel and a long finish. Truly interesting and yummy.
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 This one came to me thanks to the fine BeerAdvocate mikeys01, as part of HHHIF 1.0 take two. The pour was intense reddish orange with a foamy smallish head capping the body. There was very little latent carbonation to speak of. The aroma was much more subdued than I had anticipated, with resinous hop presence balanced out by sweet malts, and perfumey alcohol. The taste nearly bowled me over with the extreme sweetness of the first sip. The next sips revealed spicy, warm alcohol, and surprisingly very little hop bit, but the initial sweetness continued to overpower all other tastes. The mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky, with a deep burn. The drinkability is a letdown. This is a genre busting drink that is very unlike any other Imperial IPA, or any other beer for that matter. It’s closer to a distilled beverage than your average beer, and makes no bones about it.
The second time I tried this I liked it a whole lot more. I have updated the scores to reflect that. This time I rather enjoyed the zingingly spicy hops and the searing alcohol burn. And the sweetness didn’t bother me as much as I had remembered. Probably a case of knowing what to expect before opening the bottle. A shockingly different beer for certain .
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 well its 20 percent.....and it tastes like it.if ya like realy strong beers,this is for you.
RE-RATE:not much hops here,mostly sweet syrup type malts,and loads of alcohol.
Kevin (2066) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber with a decent off white head. bitter grapefruit and earthy aroma. i think there are a few hops in this. taste is thick and obtuse. obviously the hops are prevalent. taste is very strong with the alcohol that takes away from the flavor. finishes with a creamy dirty super citrus grapefruit and pepper flavor that is still overly sharp with alcohol. this is a grand experiment and i appreciate what they’ve done, but this beer needs to age for a few years. i’ll get back to you then
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Bottle. Light copper in color and very clear. Small cream colored head. Good lacing. Not bad. Decent bitterness, not as bitter as I was anticipating. Tastes slightly of cherry and cedar. Good sweet bitter finish. Very nice.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled in 2004, Sampled August 2004
Pours a brilliantly clear, bright copper color. A wispy head forms, but then quickly disappears. Surprisingly it has a medium level of carbonation, which I was not expecting in a beer of this alcohol content. The aroma is of apricot, hops and some brandy-like alcoholic notes. There is almost a smell of candied hops here.
The beer is thick and sweet, yet somewhat light and not nearly as alcoholic tasting as I expected. A fair amount of hop flavor manifests itself as apricot, tangerine, pine, wildflower fields, and a bit of bitterness in the finish. This beer is much more enjoyable than I was expecting from such a beast. It certainly could use a bunch more hop flavor (especially given the billing). In the end though the hot alcohol wins out, and is a bit too much. This is good in a 2 to 4 oz samples, anything else is just too much.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Light copper/orange in color and very clear. Small cream colored head,, with good lace. Aroma is sugary sweet, but with apparent hop presence. Strong alcohol flavor and sweetness that is somewhat balanced by hop bitterness. Definitely on the sweet side of the scale. Slightly metallic in flavor. Might be a little young. It should improve and smooth out with some aging.
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 A rich amber color with a strong initial carbonation, a tan head that dissipated, yet clung to the sides of the glass, a surprisingly mild hop aroma... and a flavor that kicks ass. The alcohol taste was negligible. What you get is a hopped-up brew that is very drinkable, and I will have it again.
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ElGaucho (2194) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma a lot less hoppy than I would have thought. Floral hops but a strong whiff of alcohol cuts the hops. Huge, off-white, fine bubble head. Cloudy orange in appearance. Head is lasting with excellent lace. First sip features a hit-you-over-the-head alcohol mouthfeel. In fact, similar to that in the aroma, the hops is drowned out by alcohol. But, this is still a very nice brew despite being a little over the top alcohol-wise, which I see now is 20?!? It really is too much alcohol to truly enjoy, however.