ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful orangy color with a somewhat smoky aroma. Earthy tones in the flavor which masks the strong alcholic content. Great stuff! heh a good weekend for IPAs for me, with the Three Floyds Dreadnaught and this.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have found my new favorite beer. Orange with a white foamy head. Very well balanced between malt and hops. Nothing is overbearing, but it's still a large beer. Also, there's none of the harshness that I found in 60-minute. Smooth and good. This is how IPA should be.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didn't like this. No sir. Way too much hops. I couldn't even clear my palette afterwards and it ruined my next beer.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Color is a solid cloud of orangy amber with a big fluffy ivory colored head that grew to be just over two fingers high of impressive strength, but was fast to crumble and pop down to a hazy mist over the top. Leaves incredible stringy lace in drippy rings. Smell is all peachy, a bit citrusy and a piney/woodish backing, somewhat earthy, soft but nice and rich of hops galore. Taste is wildly smooth and soothing of peachy/citrus hops, one hell of a nice bittering effect thats very calm and easy. Some light earthy tones dotted in the mix with a blend of well balanced malts, gotta keep those hops in check, I suppose. Feel is full and quite bittering in a mild sense, in which it doesn't linger to much to be over the top in any way. This is quite excellent stuff, I don't care that its 9%, which is masked beautifully by the way, its way to damn easy to drink, which makes for a short evening.
egajdzis (5515) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2009 Poured a dark orange color with not much head. Aroma was very sweet, almost like bubblegum. Had this on tap this weekend and in the nose I also noticed a rose petal and very skunky herb aroma. It’s taste was initial hops followed by a very sweet finish. Also tastes like eating marijuana nuggets while drinking this.
rapkungen (19) - USA - JUN 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Beer, the best American IPA I have had. A big beer, but the high alohol content did not overwhelm the beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice slightly hazy amber colour. citrusy hop nose with a piney herbal hint. good coating slightly syrupy mouthfeel. big citrus hop flavours with wood, malt and a hint of alcohol. a nice big beer to be sure, but it didn't impress me as much as the 60.
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 deprogram and i picked up a 1/6 barrel for a moving party we had last night. not too sure if this is a great drunken backyard beer, as a number got spilled, and it was such a waste! however, i enjoyed it, nonetheless. thanks bob (and john) for your help
very foamy head due to pouring from the keg with a pump tap, this was convenient because the bugs would just walk across the beer, making them very easy to remove :]
otherwise, i stand behind everything i said before [read on]
nice frothy, cream-colored head when poured from the 12 ounce bottle i had the good fortune to obtain (after much prompting from my favorite salesman at the local beer store). the 90 minute ipa is a medium bodied, crisp beer with a bitter, hoppy overwhelmingly great taste, that has the good sense to leave you with litte to no aftertaste. the head, while frothy to begin with, widdled its way down to very little in no time at all. however, the tiny foam bubbles cling to the side of the glass, leaving a small sticky mess for those unfortunate enough not to have a dishwasher.
side note: i really need to learn more about beer, so i can sound snobby in my reviews and talk more about the actual taste and nose of the beer, rather than just the way it looks...
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
favorate beer in favorate category, for such a hopped up special the malt balance at the start holds it's own.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 750ml Corked Bottle and Re-Rate 11/30/03
Nice pour, hazy orange hued with a nice thick head. Head dies down some but retains well and completely laces glass. Nice big hop aroma with notes of citrus, especially grapefruit. Has a smooth body and overall pleasant mouthfeel. Flavor is classic IPA, good hop flavor, citrusy and bitter. Alcohol is well hidden and maybe better than most others in the style. This is a fantastic Imperial IPA, not as bold as Dreadnaught and some others, but a really nice one overall. Thanks CaptainCougar for the bottle.
Rerate: a 12oz bottle on 3/17/04Poured a crystal clear copper/gold color with a huge frothy head that lasts. Nice retention. Big hoppy nose that is sweet and fruity with some graininess from the malt. Body is really smooth and full with a nice carbonation level. Flavor is super hoppy with tropical fruit all over the place. Bitter finish but nothing that will knock you down. Hard to say wich was better, the 750 or this fresh 12oz. Both very good. I may give the edge to the 12oz.