MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear and crisp amber color, and barely any head. The smell of alcohol is nicely hidden by the sweetness of the hopps; a definate orange leafy/grassy aroma makes it pleasantly appealing. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, rather viscous as well. There is a bit of the hops hidden behind the initial sting from thr alcohol, and the following sweetness. Overall a damn fine american strong ale/imperial IPA or whatever you wish to call it; maybe a bit to strong or sweet, but the pro's outweigh the con's y far
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This tastes like dogfish 90 with a cup of sugar and pineapple garnish. Hops are never allowed to come through due to the sweetness. The brew tasted a little better as it warmed but definitely not worth the price.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2004 The color is reminisent of a Sauternes. Similar body also. Bouquet rich and alive with super sweet malt and maybe a little honey. Hops are there, but not as much as I expected. Incredibly complex nose. Too much to list. Very full bodied and rather sweet. Not nearly as bitter as expected. Finish that lingers on and on. Not much of an IPA. I'd call it simply an Imperial. Intense. Over the top in a lot of ways, but still quite enjoyable. Would make a great appertif.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was expecting this to be a lot worse than it was, and overall, I enjoyed it. Not excessively bitter and rather sweet. It had sherry notes but nothing terribly offensive.
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 (2929) - 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 (5186) - 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 (645) - 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 - i’m miffed! They got this one right.