scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber color with a very sweet smell and taste. i can't believe this is considered an ipa. i like it bitter myself. this is much too sweet for my tastes. i much prefer the 60.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 SE Gathering: Medium gold color. Tastes like champagne or cider. Has a cloying sweetness with a pleasing alcohol warmth.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Excessively sweet and syrupy, and whatever hops that are theoretically there (120 ibu's???) are overpowered by sugar. I'm just not a fan of super sweet beers... and this is total overkill. An absolute disaster.
Frank (2297) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drink this slow and savor it. You're worth it. Brilliant amber and surprisingly clear with a thin halo of head that leaves a few spots of lace with each sip. Earthy hop aroma with a hint of sherry sweetness. Big and thick with a good deal of carbonation for such a high-gravity beer. Very sweet, vinous, and fruity but that's easily balanced by the insane level of earthy bitterness. Sort of a cross between WWS and 90 min--sort of... Really, drink this slowly. I didn't like it much at first but after a couple hours of slow sipping, it was a new favorite. It takes time for the flavors to really bloom and they change quite drastically with temperature.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 How is it that a beer hopped for 2 hours is too sweet? Looks great - golden orange, nice sized head. Citrus hops up front, but finishes almost sugary sweet. Sampled at 2004 Southeastern Ratebeer Gathering, Atlanta.
skaughty (642) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 Re-rate does nothing to dimish the greatness. Sweet grapes abound. in this 6 oz. sample.
4 oz. sample at Southeastern Gathering. Dark golden color and fizzy. This probably shocked me more than anything that day. I was expecting something overly bitter, with a late burn. What I got was something strangely balanced with a sweet finish. Not at all being a "hophead", and loving a 120 IBU - iím miffed! They got this one right.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Sample glass, RateBeer Southeastern Gathering. Tons of malt and hops in the aroma. Simply too beautiful and complex for me to describe in words here (read=late in the tasting, looking for another bottle). Nothing citric about the hop profile. Flavor is everything the aroma promised. Gorgeous amber-orange body. Heavy body, creamy/oily texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: I donít know who brought this, but thank you so much; this is an awesome beer, plain and simple.
Re-rate. 12 oz bottle, snifter, 04 bottling. Not quite as aromatic as i first concluded (-1). Color is nice, but not as deep as previously indicate and the head diminished quickly with little lacing (-1). Flavor is a bit simpler than I remembered and the alcohol a bit strong (but still well hidden for 20%) (-1). Still a very nice mouthfeel. Overall is affected by the other decrements (-2). A tasty beer...just not top 10 material for me anymore.
Shag (2531) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Yellow orange appearance with a large head. Flavor is citrusy. Some hop bitterness is present. It hides the alcohol better than I expected. Pretty good but I prefer the 90 minute. RERATE : This was terrible and defines cloying. Im not sure why I even thought it was pretty good. Syrupy garbage.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 HUGE!!! What a beer. Over hopped American IPA is a beautiful thing and this is certainly no exception. Flavor overun with pine and cotton candy. This is completely over the top and I love it. Thanks to CaptainCouger for bringing this one to the tasting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Nice clear medium gold/amber color with barely any head. Yet, there is a constant fizzy surface which is just right. Light malty aroma with moderate flowery hops, a little wood, dark fruit. Very sweet taste which helps mask the alcohol, and a lot of hops. It basically tastes like sweet syrupy grapefruit alcohol, which is a little plain, but I still like it. ABV level isnít bad in terms of taste, but you can really feel it in the back of the throat. A bit of a bite in the hops... tends to build up. Overall, I admit it was a bit much in terms of ABV and sweetness. They both seem to mask flaws and donít provide any interesting complexities. However, I still enjoyed the beer.
Same vintage (2003), 10/27/2006. Very little hops. Surprisingly little. Dusty copper, sparse bubbly head. Its a malty strong ale aroma. There are some hops, but very little in aroma. Alcohol presence in the sweet malt give it a dessert-wine feeling. Taste is again malty, a stale cookie thing too. Has a bitter-like thing.