bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color with some haziness. Head lingered for a while. Lacing reminded me the head had been abundant. Hoppy aroma that almost masked the malt. Some bite from the alcohol and nice bitterness from the hops. Malts come in and try to balance it, but the hops won't let them. That's a good thing. Goes down smooth but didn't last long enough. I'll need to get two bottles next time.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! This is a nice IPA! It first goes down smooth, but the maltiness is quickly replaced by the strong hops which stick around for a long-lasting aftertaste. I haven't yet had the 120 minute, but this is the hoppiest beer I've ever had that has remained balanced and natural-tasting. Most highly recommended.
bclasen (17) - USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a nice frothy head, which disappears quickly. Some nice lacing. Dark brown color. First taste is malty, with lots of hops. Smooth with a nice aftertaste, a bit on the dry side. While a high ABV, not a high alcoholic taste. A great flavorful beer, although the high ABV will keep me from enjoying too much of it.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Refreshingly unique hop character. Citric, spruce, cedar, herbs, etc. Satisfyingly full bodied. Woody, bitter flavor, finishes bitter (duh). Gets away with being a bit tongue-coatingly sweet. Bitterness is balanced by huge maltiness. Toward the end of the glass, the malty sweetness fails under the bitter assault of hop. Hides its alcohol well.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hops galore. Wow! This one is powerful from the start. Strong hop aroma with grapefruit. Big white head that slowly diminishes to a dark golden colored body. Nicely laces the glass. Smooth and somewhat creamy. Flavors are nicely balanced with hops, malt, and a hint of grapefruit again. The finish is mildly bitter. And, long lasting. It leaves a feeling of hops dancing on the tongue long after the beer is gone.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hazy golden color. Aroma is musky hoppy, not citrusy or grapefruity like I like. Flavor is lightly sweet but the hops are pretty straight up in this. This was after my homebrew IPA (which has lots more hops) so it was subdued. Very nicely balanced IPA though. Thanks hopsrus & Indra
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice and hazy gold with a thin layer of head and some spotty lacing. A very nice blend of hops in the aroma, some malt. Oh, citrus hops are abundant in the flavor, nice sweet malts compliment the hops! A nice and smooth body with some more hops to finish it all off. This is a fine example of an Imperial IPA.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Draft: big beer! Nice spruce hop aroma. Even a bit of alcohol burn in the nose. Ditry gold to amber with a small white head. Big malt balance. Very good, but I still prefer Hercules. Even with that said - keep ’em coming!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this stuff will knock your socks off. Incredible hop aroma and taste. The pour is a very light golden color with a rich creamy head. The taste is so big and hoppy that everything else is kind of pushed aside. Sweet and extremely well balanced for such a hoppy beer. The aftertaste is stinging and reminds me slightly of a fruity carob candy. You must try this stuff!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Orangeish and hazy. Good lacing with head that quickly dissipates. Sweet and fruity aroma. Very hoppy flavor with an aftertaste that I can't place a finger on...maybe it's the "Simcoe" hops.