gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yep, lots of hops but not overly done. Nice aroma, good flavor. Only had on draft at the pub in DE. Need to try again and re-rate to be fair.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I am not man enough for this beer. Tastes like hopahol to me.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hops, sugar and citrus aroma. Orange/red colour, a big creamy vanilla head. With a never ending stream of bubbles. Hoppy to the max, citrus is so strong, itís like eating orange peel! Malts are present as well. Strong like orange brandy. Bitterness with some sweetness. Fabulous bitter aftertaste. Very dry finish. Sensational! Thanks Volgon.
stephen (308) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
No problems with the cork here - just pulled it straight out. Bitterness is even perceivable in aroma. Copper colored, pours with a loose head with a creamy top. Head lasts for at least 5 minutes. Well carbonated. Hints of grapefruit in the nose. Very clean tasting.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmm. Hoppy. Yet with an interesting aftertaste/tongue feel. The bitterness was quickly overtaken by a milder soothing taste. Bravo.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
True amber color, catches the light and seems to glow. Nice foamy off-white head builds easily and has good renention. Actually never got below a centimeter in thickness.. Surprising lack of hop aroma for such a high IBU. Seems to be lacking in hop flavor as well. Have I really gotten this used to hop bitterness or has this bottle been aged long enough that the hops arenít as much a part of the mix anymore? Iíll find out tomorrow when I revisit the Arrogant Bastard. Has a flavor (from the yeast perhaps?) that I picked up in World Wide Stout and Raison Díetre. Itís similar (vaguely) to some of the flavors I associate with Belgian yeast. As it warmed, I picked up more hops, mostly pine-like but some citric qualities, but never as much as I would expect from a beer that advertised its IBU.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick creamy head, nice lacing. Super hoppy. Very good IPA.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like drinking scotch or some other highly flavorful, powerful, strong liqueur. Itís pure hops, of course, but complex in its hoppiness. It has bite, bark, bite, then bitter. Itís wonderful and unusual and pretty near indescribable.
mribm (447) - Hurley, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer had a head that lasted as long as it took me to remove the cork! Nice lace too. Even though it took so long to remove the cork, it was worth it! Unbelievable is all I can say. This beer poured a beautiful copper orange color and had a strong smell of citrusy hops. The taste was out of this world...by far the BEST IPA I have ever had. This is one of the hoppiest beers I have tasted. It makes Sierra Nevadas Celebration Ale and Victoryís Hop Devil look like pale ales in comparison. I love this beer and thus it gets a top rating. (Disclaimer: I am partial to hops.)
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Nose is very ícitrusyí Pour is a creamy brown frothy head. Color is amber/brown. Wonderfully heavy hopped flavor that is balanced with a very generous amount of malt. This is a íhop headsí dream.