Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Its all there but for some reason it doesnít come together for me. Iíve tried this now a few times and hesitated to rate considering the legendary props. But I canít hold out any longer. The booziness is distracting and the hops are too astringent. However, lets zoom out and consider all the crap thats out there- this is still quite a fine effort.
Re-Rate on Tap at the Maproom 8-11-04:
Here is what everyone is talking about! The ingredients come together in a seamless and creamy double IPA that is wonderful. Still not as nuanced as dreadnaught and a bit too much alcohol in the end. New rating combines bottle and tap results.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orangish, blonde. Crisp, strong, hoppy nose. Heavy bitterness, and powerful hops.Dry finish. The first taste was the best, after several drinks my tongue was saturated w/ bitterness.
MaxRebo (6) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If youíre a hophead, then this beer is fantastic. It pours with a tall head that eventually diminishes and leaves a nice lace behind all the way to the last drop. Aroma is of fresh hop flowers and citrus. This is what turned me on to Imperial IPAs. Iím new to rating, so itís tough to describe this beer. It has a decent mouthfeel -- sort of snappy. Sharp bitterness with some citrusy flavors. When I first tried it, I thought it had such an interesting flavor. I wasnít sure if I liked it, but I couldnít stop taking sip after sip. I guess thatís a good sign? :)
cubedbee (10) - USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light gold color with thick bubbly white head. Pleasant hops aroma. Very nice feel in the mouth. Strong hops feeling upfront. Tastes very good for the amount of alcohol.
Theli (3) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A truly awe-inspiring IPA. Powerful, slightly fruity aroma. Deliciously intense hoppy flavor with an interesting herbal aftertaste. This beer has taken up a permanent residence in my top 10.
Aurelius (4996) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruthless. Simply ruthless. This has a great mouthfeel. Lots of piney orange fruitiness with some diacetyls. Intense burnt orange coloring, but the bottle and label ought to take a deduction, however Iíll give it a pass.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You can smell the hops as you our the dark amber/brownish ale into the glass, finsihing it with a full lasting head. Hops are most prevalent flavor, with a little bitterness and a good amount of dryness. An exceptional beer!
osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím not the biggest hops fan as I prefer to lean toward the sweeter side of malt. Still, The aroma was unreal. A beautiful frothy head that had a very pleasing hoppy aroma. Extreme cloves comes to mind. The initial flavor was a bit overwheling for me (too hoppy) but doesnít linger for too long. The finish is soft and sweet. You certainly can feel the 9% ABV half way through. The strong hops flavor reminds me of the same hoppy flavor s at American micro breweries. As the beer warmed up to 60F, hops flavor mellowed and I really enjoyed this beer.
heemer77 (5286) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color is a very dark copper with a medium white head on top. The aroma is pungent with orange peels and caramel. There is a very sharp hops bite of pine and orange peels. Not much malt balances this out. This is very good but, I personally would prefer the 60 min.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 this is a better IPA, even though i really dont care for IPAs. A reddish brown color. not as bitter as i would have expected.