HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle. Poured clear deep copper with a large lasting foamy beige head, nice lacing. Dry, slightly dusty hop aroma, dry sweet lightly roasted malt, and sharp/sweet yeast. Taste - slight bottle metal to it, very dry (straw and wheat graininess), the hops are incredibly muted for an I2PA, lightly funky, hardly any resin or citrus character, which is a nice change - thereís alcohol aplenty here, and a sneak but solid backing of quiet toasty malt. The body is ... average, with a very slight astringency and a building alcoholic bitterness - really subtle and a nice beer, but if you donít tell me itís an I2PA I would never guess it.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours out of the bottle with a coppertone base and warm dark amber highlights. the creamy white head clings to the room and by the end lines the glass in very thin strips scattered all over. from the first sip you are hit with strong bitterness and malts, malts, malts ~ chocolate, vanilla and roast. all the flavors swallow overwhelmingly sweet. finishes strangely raw and bitter.
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium size ivory head that was mostly lasting with poor lacing, fizzy carbonation, transparent, and a copper hue with some ruby in the background. Malty, oak, mildly hoppy, sweet, and caramel nose and ditto for the flavor with mild vinuous. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body.
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another fine beer from DFH . . . pours a two finger, white head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty/hoppy nose. Starts sweet a lot of malt but balanced with a lot of hops, finish has hints of molasses, high ABV is not noticeable. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More like a barleywine than an IIPA. Nice head amber colr, and a fair bit of maltiness. But not a lot of hops. The oak is there, but not overpowering.
A very good beer, but I donít know that Iíd put in the IIPA style.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of hops, caramel malts, alcohol. Flavor is caramel, sweet, barley wine like, alcohol mildly present, i smell the hops, but they are not as present in its flavor, citrus. Damn good brew, not quite a double IPA.
aracauna (3236) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I find it hard to believe that this clear copper beer is really an Imperial IPA. Sticky foam shows the beers high finishing gravity and the alcohol shows itís strength in the aroma and flavor, although itís pleasantly masked by the malt and yeast esters. However, the hoppiness expected is completely missing. Maybe the aging process allowed for the dissipating of the hop aromatics, but the bitterness is actually overwhelmed by the malt. In the aroma I get more yeasty fruits than hops and in the flavor I get more sweet malt than bitterness. This is far from a bad beer, but really isnít what I was expecting.
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from the bottle. poured a copper amber with a very small light tan head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma malts, with brown sugar all over it a long with hops the alcohol didníít show up until it warmed up a bit, light fruits. flavorthe malts and sweetness comes out nicely the sweetness leans towards honey, hops, fruit semm to be almost like apricot. dry this is a good sipping beer
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like brews in oak barrels. And I like this one as well. Flavor is similar to 90 min. but with a nice oak finish. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Overall a great brew.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought of this as an oak aged 90 minute - seems to be very similar, though I am not sure I can rate it as high as 90 minute. Taste is sweet, oakey, and malty. Rich smooth and very drinkable, this Imperial IPA goes down certainly better than most I have drank. Awesome