Gmku (296) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
More rapid than eagles their coursers they came or hark the herald angels sing. Darn, but this is good stuff. BIg time hops, goodly malt. Nice and smooth. Like it better than the 90 or 120. This is like just right.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy aroma. Pungent, and good. Hops not as abundant as 90 minute imperial. (obviously). Very nice smoky malt sweet flavor with lots of hops. Very good beer, smooth enough to drink lots.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle at the Brickskeller. Really huge cascade hop aroma. The aroma is the best part of this beer. Gold in color with a strong white head of large bubbles. Outstanding balance of hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Mid-finish toasty flavor.
Sammy (9665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pine herbal aroma. Citrus, very nice IPA. Bitter but smoothed out with lots of sweetness and fruitiness.Aggressive carbonation tingling the tongue. Lace and wooden golden colour.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pungent aroma of sweet lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine. Suprisingly little floral aroma. The flavor starts with sweet citrus, then goes into a full-on floral hops. The taste lingers on the tip and sides of the tongue, and gently fades to a grassy taste. Body is smooth with moderate carbonation.
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from Riley’s. Pours golden yellow, almost corn colored with a thick, fairly small-celled head. Large amount of lacing. Aroma has notes of citrus, definitely grapefruit but also lemon and tangerines. Flavor of this beer is complex, initially sweet and tart, then a flourish of floral hoppiness, and finally the bitterness which lingers on the sides and middle of my tongue. Not a harsh bitterness that sits on the back of the tongue. I picked out 3 distinct phases of flavor while quaffing this beer...a solid, complex lineup of flavors. Truly a pleasure.
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark golden to light amber, crystal clear, thick white head. Real big aromas of hops and grapefruit. Hop flavor grips your taste buds right from the beginning and grows incrementally til 30 seconds after you swallow. A touch of sweetness runs throughout. One of my favorite beers.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, packed in "1". Pours a crystal clear copper colot, very little foam, but that little does seem to cling to the edges of the glass nicely. Odd that a bottle-conditioned beer would pour so clear and leave absolutely no trace of yeast deposit in the bottom of the bottle. Smells of toasty malt and woody hops. Drinks with more of the same. The Warrior and X hops seem like earth to me...and I don’t get the citrusy fruitiness of the Amarillo. Aroma becomes very bready to me as I sip, with an almost roasty quality in there and the finish as well...Overall, the hops are strong, earthy, and not all that bitter to my tongue. I percieve a good bit of maltiness in this as well, a mark of a good IPA, IMO. Pretty good beer, the hops used make it a bit of a different spin on the normal American IPAs...makes me wonder how my all-Warrior IPA will turn out!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Papago<P>
The beer pours a cloudless deep amber color with a monsterous creamy light tan head that declines slowly leaving a thick and clinging blanket of lace upon the glass. Nose has a marvelous hop floral spiciness with a sweet and somewhat earthy malt aroma, lime like in its crispness, fresh and so inviting it just makes your mouth water in anticipation, start is sweet and delightfully malted with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish delicately carbonated with the hops magnificent in their spicy bite, dry long lasting hop laden aftertaste lay easy on the palate, oh how happy we hopheads now that “Dogfish Head” is available in Arizona “Woo Hoo”!
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival sample 8oz. Cooper color and small head. It was 90 degrees outside and this hoppy experience was great to start out my day. Will have to find me a bottle of this one. Great Beer.