cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Rate adjustment 1/20/04: Okay, Iím warming up to this a bit more. Not as off-putting as the first bottle I tried. Maybe it happened to do with it being taken directly from the cool, cool basement rather than fridged first. Still highly sweet and syrupy and sticky, and pretty alcoholic in the flavor/palate. And Iím still too afraid to take another shot at the 120-minute monstrosity concocted by this brewery. Only so much A-oiliness I can take.
This needs more balance. It isnít too highly hopped; itís too highly alcoholic in the flavor and palate! Oily character comes through too much. Stoneís Ruination IPA managed to do this style to perfection; this has too much A.
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Achtung!! Zis bier kerls mein leiderhosen. In der fadderlant such as zis bier haz nebber bin brewt. Zees Americaner micros are ashamet ov Budmiloors, so zey "kranken up" der bier styles. Eben der Englander vould zay, "I say, Old chap, haveínt you beefed this one up a tad?"
Earlier Rating: 12/31/2004 Total Score: 3.9
Massive hop aroma of american hops thatís not true to an English IIPA, Luscious mouthfeel but dominant hop flavor to the finish. I havenít looked, but is there seperate catagories for American and English IIPAís? I think Golding hops blend better with this style of beer.
bubbleflubber (1939) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Yes.... very nice.... Pours orange into the glass with decent head and nice lacing. Aroma contains citrus fruits & floral notes. Has a bit of a citrus upfront, nice bold malts with grapefruit in the mid-palate, backed with a nice array of bittering hops. This has a bit of retentive alcohol burn, mixed with an abundance of toffee and caramel. Feels very full-flavored in the mouth, and has a rich embodiment. The finish contains a nice warming complexity. An awesome IIPA, one of the best brews available!
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Intense pine hop aroma that is like sticking your head in a bag of hops. Crystal clear light amber body, lacey head. The flavor is forcefully bitter, obviously generously hopped, sticky malt background pulls it all together. Very good stuffÖ
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright orange beer with cream head, quite thin. Smells of hops. Citrus. The taste is quite strong, thick, bitter. The finish is dry. It feels like it coats the back of your throat. You can really taste the alcohol here. It warms you right up.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear light orange with amberous tones to it. Aroma of stale tobacco, grass, and lemon and pine. Flavor is dominated by what I can only describe as "stale hops". Not sure exactly, but the flavor remains pleasent. Palate is pleasent. Very dry finish.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wicked Brew! Cantí wait to try the 120 if I can get it. Great hops and a bit of citrus in there. Love to drink it nice and slow!
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i poured the 90 min. into my snifter glass.i was very impresed by the color of this brew.it was a nice translucent orange.i didnt get anything as far as head.just a ring around the snifter glass.the aroma gave me blends of banana,and vanilla.i was very surprised by the tatse.it did have a hop character,but not like any other ipa i have had. i got flavors of honey,caramel,and then some hops.even though this is nothing like any other ipa i have had,its still really good.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome beer that started off my eve before New Years Eve. Moderate head, about 1/3". Smells sweet, smooth and crisp. Color is calming; an easy amber brown. "Holy crap" was what went through my mind as I took the first sip. Tastes of honey, alcohol and lemons. Mouth watering and semi-citrusy; very sharp. Grassy and bitter afterbite, making me pucker up. You could feel the alcohol resonate with the finish.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice hoppy aroma, but could use a little more dry hopping. Golden to Amber and slightly hazy in appearance. Very heavy malty flavor. Balances more toward the malt than the hops. I get a slightly strange aftertaste. Another rating said metallic, and that is what it feels like. Warmth from the alcohol content. Overall, not bad but I would rather go with a hoppier regular IPA or an Imperial IPA.