Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 First rating: 4.5 Unbalanced and hoppy as hell, but amazing. Citrussy aroma. Round, full mouthfeel. Bubbly. I’d drink this beer everyday.
Second rating 4.0 Syrupy sweet, with a good citrussy/piney hop profile, but the constant addition process they use at DFH doesn’t get quite enough hops in at the start of the boil to bitter them up as much as I’d like. A great beer, nonetheless.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Darker amber, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is moderate PNW hops with some caramel/wood type malts. Medium bodied with a finish that was too sweet. Some alcohol. Nothing made this stand out as a 4+/5 IIPA. Somewhat flawed and not that interesting, meh.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 rerate 4/17/05 VIA RANDALL on tap at the Blind Tiger. hoppy smoked meat aroma, lightly hazy amber orangey gold. short quick light tan head. flavor is bitter but only at the front of the palate. hops are flavor soaked like tobacco. clean finish and mild smoky hop aftertaste.
2/6/05: golden amber color, fluffy and rocky white head. nose is strong hops, pine, resin. powerful hop bitternes, resiny flavor too. not cloying like the 120min. dry citrus for measure but not too much. not sticky sweet like a lot of other IIPAs. an imperial IPA on the brink but keeps it together.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangy gold in colour with a lasting white head. Malty toffee start with a hoppy citrus finish. Big grapefruit and lychee flavours and aromas. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold/orange with a thick fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of hops and grapefruit. Smells like breakfast. Taste is hoppy and of grapefruit juice with a finish of alcohol. On the dry side. Very enjoyable. This is the beer that could put me in the hospital.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 Pours medium amber/tan in color, thin whispy almost non existent lacing to go with the very thin offwhite head. Smells of hops, citrus, and some slight pine. Definite hoppy kick to it but in a very nice way, bitter buit not too much so, at least not for my tastes. Delicious after taste made me want to take my time drinking it. Slight warming sensation in the belly. Taste very even for an IIPA, I like this beer a lot, I’m glad I’ve got another one stored away. Goes outstandingly well with grilled hamburgers, which brought out some subtler tastes in the beer as opposed to covering them up.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer should come with some kind of warning. Drink with caution, hops will jump out of the bottle, kick the hell out of your tongue, and leave you in a gutter crying for your momma. Seriously.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper/amber with nice bubbly head that fades to just a film. Strong earthy aroma of floral and pine. Initial taste is all pine hops that afdes to a very malty sweetness. Aftertaste is very unique not as hoppy as you would expect but nice. Nice lacing in the glass. Very well done.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had to see what the big deal on this stuff was, so I picked up a 4 pack. Coppery color with a tan coating for the head, ends up ringing down the side of the glass. Aroma is pungent hops, with hints of the malt. The taste has a great balance, but not until the 2nd or 3rd sip. After you get past the original bitterness, you realize the complexity and evenness of the flavor. Aftertaste is very palatable, not too bitter, but holds the taste from the mouthfull. Feels a little bit fizzy in your mouth, maybe a newer bottle, I think I will have to cellar some of this and see how it is in about a year. Overall, I am impressed, with both this beer, and the IIPA class. I need some more samples of the doubles.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A thick, almost milky pour, as expected from this Imperial IPA. The taste is dominated by hops and citrus--delicious. Savor this beer!