chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 Dee-licious! Extremely chewy and over the top. Flavor is grassy, with strong honey and vanilla and the suggestion of orange blossoms. Not unlike a tawny port. Almost a barley wine. I had another last night with elnadeau, not quite as striking this time around, maybe some age will change it.
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine golden color with sizable head. Smells strongly hoppy, with only some of the aroma elbowed out of the way by the permeating alcohol scents. Tastes amazingly like an IPA; some alcohol in finish, but overall smooth and not as overpowering as 21% should be. Standing up and walking to the fridge to get another one is a whole hell of a lot harder than drinking this fine brew.
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rediculously balanced for a 20% IPA. Actually, not all that hoppy. One of the rare IPAs where they didnít need malt to balance out the hops, but vice versa instead! I loved it, and so did the half dozen or so I shared it with. (What? It was a 750ml, Iím not insane!). Glad I didnít try to down it myself or I may not be writing this today. Wish I had cellared it a lot longer, but patience is a virtue, and apparently Iím none too virtuous.
Frosty (2) - Murray, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! Yeah, itís strong, but itís not too strong where the alcohol takes away from the flavor. Pours amber/golden with an offwhite head. Have a couple of theses and you are set for the night!
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2009 Rerate. Draught > Flying Saucer. Just had to rerate. Nose from the snifter just says this is a SOB. This taste completely different on draught and is totally delicious. No alcohol flavor. Tons of cherry flavor is what I get. Great balance b/c of the sturdy sweet backbone. Creamy palate. VERY VERY easy drinker, which is almost a bad thing b/c it goes down so nice.
Bottle >> Nice hoppy aroma w/ a little alcohol in the nose too. Amber color w/ a little white head that surprisingly lasted longer than I thought it would. Big piney flavors. Chewy & sticky on the tongue & teeth. This one was far better when it was cold right out of the fridge. As it warmed up the alcohol became more noticeable & overpowered the hops. I can appreciate the attempt at a big fíing IIPA but this one just goes to close to the Listerine level.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 This is a paradoxical beer on so many levels. I donít understand how a 20% ABV beer could be this pretty, but it is. A big creamy layer of golden head, settling in viscous lacing. Bright copper body. Aroma is not really anything I can compare to in the beer world. More like if they were to make some intensely concentrated hop soap. Piney, resiny, grapefruit rind, honey...and kind of a post-thunderstorm clean. Before I can start to register the flavors, I am aware of how thick this feels in my mouth! Even the hairiest of Imperial Stouts Iíve tasted so far donít come close. Do I chew before I swallow? If not, will it get stuck in my throat? The predominant flavor I get is a very delicious orange marmalade. Sipped gently, the alcohol is very nice, like the vapors of sipping cognac. After a few sips, I am aware of how fantastic the balance is in this beer. Something this heavily hopped could have been horribly astringent and unpalatably bitter. And something this strong could have been syrupy sweet and cloying. But it is neither. It is a taut line of bitter, sweet, and alcohol. This greatly exceeds my expectations.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What an unexpected beer! Pours orange with thick white head. Intoxicating aroma of fall leaves, damp cloth and spicy hops, malt, hints of northwestern hops. I also notice some of the floral effects of the yeast. Some banana is noticeable. Taste is sweet, like mead or geuze. Not what I expected from an IPA. Lots of honey and tart fruit. Further tastes reveal hints of raspberry, some citrus hops, and more honey. Aftertaste is like honey-covered sour cherries. Medium to light mouthfeel with tiny bubbles. Quite a special beer. Though it calls itself an IPA on the bottle, Iím glad it is categorized here as a strong ale. I wouldnít know where else to put it. Calling it the Holy Grail for hopheads is a bit much, as I donít get any hopforwardness on this.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a lightly coudy burnt orange body with a spare white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, and alcohol. Flavor of caramel, alcohol, and malts.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like any other fine IPA, maybe just a bit more amber....even smells like a top-notch regular, but is far from it! Very hoppy...and of course at 21%ABV there is plenty of alcohol. If you drink it slow like a good brandy itís quite lovely....mild sweet honey and a touch of pine.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber color, small white head, deceiving appearence for such a high alcohol monster. Aroma is booze and hops. Flavor is so strong, more booze and hops, almost like "hop schnopps".