jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Clear orange color with a small head and nice lacing. Sweet malt aroma with a lot of piney/citrusy hops. Flavor was slightly sweet malt, but balanced nicely by a good deal of hop bitterness. A bit of oak in the flavor that I didnít notice on the nose. The alcohol starts to come through by the end of the glass as the beers warms. Nice IIPA, Iím kind of surprised at the somewhat low scores.
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up in Florida, and brought with care to Atlanta by a fellow beer lover, this was the first of a pair of 12 oz. brown bottles I acquired.
When pored into a tulip, the body was glowing orange with a relatively small bone colored head. The aroma was grapefruit, vanilla, and rum soaked cherries, and could not be called really hoppy. The taste was quite unlike most Double IPAs I have sampled. Sweet and spicy with a bready maltyness, this one tasted more like a hopped up Trippel than a DIPA. Sticky and creamy in the mouth, the aftertaste was surprisingly short lived.
If mellowness and balance are your thing, you will like this beer. But if you are seeking an extreme hop bomb, be prepared to be disappointed.
Jayb0 (981) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked 750 ml: This beer has improved greatly with just a few months of bottling. Iíll leave my last bottle a while longer. The harshness and lack of balance I experienced with the first bottle has mainly dissipated with great mingling of wood, hop spiciness, hop fruitiness, and solid malt sweetness.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried this a few weeks ago at our local gathering - Mike Kujo brought a 750 of it. Many people got a good laugh at the face I made when I tasted it - it just tasted so sugary sweet! So, today, I open my little 12oz bottle of it. Nice aroma - sweet maltyness and spicy citrus hops. Nice orange color, excellent lacing. Some of that sweetness is still here - like a thick fruit juice made with oranges and plums. but itís well balanced by a nice amount of grapefruit hops. At the finish, the sweetness prevails, but thereís a dryness all the way through. Worth trying again.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish copper color with a thin offwhite head. Excellent woody aroma of caramel and spicy hops. Excellent and weel balanced flavor of cask wood, spicy hops and caramel with a bitter finish, the malt base is strong enough the balance the hops. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. This is supposed to be a mix between 90 minutes and a botched batch of beer, the result is very surprising and I would by this beer anytime.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really fresh caramel nose, light amber color, rocky head. Creamy toasted malt body with caramel and vanilla notes. Spicy peppery end turning to more cinnamon. Heavy body - chewy! Alcohol not at all dominating.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with red hints, a filmy head and spotty lacing. Citrus fruits in the nose, maybe grapefruit. SOme bitterness and soap with a touch of medicinal qualities to it. Some oakiness. More oak comes out in the flavor with some hops and more malts. Finishes fruity with a chalky palate.
Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Melow wood aroma, no hop bite like I would expect. Perfect color, just barely amber, I wish My homebrewed IPA would turn out looking like this. tasted like a subdued 90 minute with a nice oak flavor. Mild hop bite, these varieties really match the woodsy flavor well, makes the hops not so bitter feeling. Has a smooth buttery mouth feel after the hops fade. I like it the more I drink it. Really fits my mental idea of an oak aged IPA.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portland
Amber color, light head. The nose is woody & fresh with Amarillo. The flavor is nicely hoppy too with some sweet malts and hops. Very full & bitter with some well rounded flavors. I was expecting to be bludgeoned but itís fairly cushy.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper with a small bumpy head, with good lacing. Aroma consists of malts, hops and some spicesThe taste was very sweet with a lot of oak in it with some spice and sweet malts. Some wood to it that mixes well with the hoppy bitterness.