michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This rates very close to top of my list on robust IPAís. What a wonderful aroma, thick head, lovely amber/copper body, and sweetish bitter joy to drink. I savored these one per evening during a recent vacation. Mmmmm.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great full bodied pale, with a hearty mouthfeel, and a great malt profile which blends seemlessly into a powerful hop finish. Smooth and delicious. Can easily serve as a meal.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Complex. Strong barley and hops flavor with a sweet aftertaste. Complex and flavorful. Strong alcoholic content.
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 This beer made me love the ipaís. not noticeable bite like I was used to in an ipa. nice amber color floral hop aroma and clean taste! I believe this beer is one of the best beers brewed in America today (and even though I love hoppy beers I am still a malt guy at heart and always will be!)
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 My first Double IPA. Deep honey color, thin, quickly-receding tan head. Very nice, sweet aroma of apricot (perhaps coupled with some other fruit). You can almost feel the bitterness like fine bubbles on the palate. Itís sharp, citrusy, but then recedes into the malts, but then you get the hops all over again. Throughout, this beer has some very nice fruity notes of apricot, peach and citrus. Delicious! You get a little bit of the alcohol towards the end, and some in the aroma, but nothing overpowering. This might have to become my new favorite beer style.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a creamy head. Citrus and pine in the aroma. Very hoppy flavor. This one has a syrupy mouth feel. Probably my favorite IPA. Thankfully we can get big beers in NC now!!
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Cask at GBBF 05í, wow!, this is my first imperial IPA, and itís something else, extreamly complex, hoppy is an understatment, itís robust and quite bitter, every sip was something else, woody, piney, cirtusy, flowery, spicy, some apples, all of this is backed and balanced very well by a strong malty sweet backbone, very flavorfull, amazing beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Copper/bronze. Billowing, off white head. Big grapefruit/pine hops in the aroma. Same flavor-some sweetness with nice malt support. Syrupy medium body, perfect carbonation level. Excellent.
snookboy (9) - Cape Coral, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong beer, very personable and not for the light hearted beer drinkers who are used to corona and other water downed beers, nice aroma and color and good after taste considering how strong it is initially.
KUEric (930) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: I was suprised by how sweet this beer was. I had some strong malt flavors for a double IPA I felt like. It looked very nice with an darker golden color and a good sized head. I felt like there wasnít a ton of hops in this beer for a double, but they were definitly there in the aroma. There was also some citrus flavors. I agree while you can tell there are a bunch of hops, it is quite suprisingly balanced and I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks to beerbeast!