DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2004 (Draft: Double IPA tasting, O'Brien's in SD) Pretty light and gentle flavor overall for a double IPA, and less bitter than even a standard IPA; Gentle, smooth maltiness is reminiscent of English ales; Moderately sweet with maybe a fruity, slight orange-citrus flavor, but it would be masked by a stronger hops signature; Very well balanced until the finish, which is moderately hoppy; Smooth, velvety mouthfeel; Mildly hoppy nose, but overall, the nose is gentle; Dark, golden color and slightly cloudy; Plentiful carbonation bubbles; Off white head is creamy with excellent retention; Remarkably dense, thick lacing coats the glass
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of a glowing copper color going on with little bit of head. Has a nice floral aroma, fresh floral aroma. I get pine and grapefruit, pink grapefruit mostly in this one. Ya, alot more citrus bitterness than pine, but its pretty damn good.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was expecting a hoppy aroma but found a neutral blend with malt. Appearance was pleasing to the eye of orange koolaid. I was expecting hops but found slight hops and a hint of sweet citrus. Palate was empty besides the alcohol. Overall, I didn't know what to expect from this 90 minute IPA but I found myself slightly disappointed with the IPA characterization.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Orange/amber color and a small head. A great beer with a nice hop bite as well as some complex fruity/spicy flavors. Balanced nicely and surprisingly different flavor than the Alpine Exponential Hoppiness I had right after it. On this day I prefer the 90 minute.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Hazy orange colour with huge fluffy white head. Piney hop aroma with notes of peaches, pine-apples and tobacco. Taste of caramel, apricot, peaches and grapefruit. Finish is hoppy! I can find notes of grapefruit, leather and green hops. Good stuff! Ciderguy - Thanks!
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity grapefruit peach aroma.Dark blond appearance with a full head.Fruity apricot peach grapefruit flavors with medium bitterness with a smooth bitter fruity aftertaste.Not as aggressively hopped as I thought it would be.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nutty, malty, grassy and lemony aroma. Reddish gold with an off white head. Honey, malt, amazing hop bitterness in the flavor. Scotch/alcohol burn at the back of the throat. Citrus aftertaste.
hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Paid $9.99 for a 4-pack (12-oz bottles)
MMMM, nice looking brew. Golden orange, kinda hazy, with a small soft head. Nice lacing.
Great smell... love IPAs... Soothing pink grapefruit scent, that's not overwhelming like some IPAs can be.
MMM tastes like it smells... just a bit stronger. Grapefruits all over... the alcohol is well masked by the sourness of this brew... Drinking this reminds me of drinking carbonated grapefruit juice...
A bit too sour to be a session beer (and a bit too high in abv too), but this is one to try and enjoy!
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cloudy golden orange color, it looks great when held up to the light. There are some citrucy hop tones and faint floral aroma. It has a strong hop character present in the aroma and the taste. An initial sweetness is present at the front of the mouth that rolls to a full figured citric bitterness at the back. Good Beer.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brilliant orange/amber body, dense white head. citrucy and resinous hop tones, fruity and floral as well. Dry pale malts. The great thing about this beer is its balance. with a 9 percent and outrageous hop quantity it still presents a beautiful blend of all that is IPA. Clean, bready malt tones mingle among the undescribeable (at least to me anyway) hop notes. Just sticky enough to hold the flavors on the palate to enjoy far after the initial sip. GREAT balance