mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Toronado. Brownish/amber coloring on the pour. Sweet candy aroma along with alot of bitter pine. Flavor is very thick and syrupy citric hoppiness with a firm malt backbone.
1FastSTi (3150) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2006. Pours to a hazy caramel colored body with excellent lacing and lightly off-white head. The aroma is nutty and hoppy with peanuts and hazelnuts with bright lemons and grapefruit. Some perfume too. The flavor is citrusy, nice cereal and barley, lemons, grapefruit, light nuts. Smooth, lightly resiny palate, medium bodied and creamy.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark copper-amber color with a medium head. Fresh hops aromas abount with notes of orange and pine bark and pine wood with some interesting honey sweetness. Pleasant, moderate bitterness with full hop and malt flavors are supported by a substantial body and a well-balanced alcohol character.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at the Stone 10th party. Deep amber/orange color, sticky lace head. Wow, super hoppy tons of grapefruit, with a pine resin bite. Thick, sticky and slightly sweet with a big alcohol wallop in the finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Davecooks. Poured a slightly hazed amber color with a small off-white head. Big hoppy aroma of citrus, orange peel, grass and light alcohol notes. Hop foward flavor with a malty and fruity middle. Mild bitterness on the finish that grows to a decent size. Long lasting finish. Warming in the throat. Pretty nice balance overall.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Davecooks, apparently hand bottled by the brewer. This is certainly a hop bomb, in the best sense. It pours a deep amber with not much head (though I poured it very gently. As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell the hops, and in my tulip glass, my nose was assaulted by an amalgomation of sweet, flowery, cirtusy hops. Tasting it, there was a good malt presence to balance the hops, but the hops were definitely still the star. It finished fairly dry and bitter. I really liked this one.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 On tap at the Liarís Club: Pours a cloudy deep orange with an off-white thick head. Aroma is of apricots, diacetyl and caramel malts. Maybe some melanoidin too. Flavor is heavily diacetyl with lots of sweet caramel and bready malts and just light pine and grapefruit. Quite yeasty too. Finish is med. bitter at best. They would do better with a diacetyl rest and should just call it an American Strong Ale because a IIPA this is not.
Thanks Milo2: Pours a deep clear copper with a small off-white head that lasts. Aroma is dried apricots, some sulphur, a touch of crystal malts, and a touch of alcohol, but no big fresh dry-hopped character. The body is med with an appropriate level of CO2. The flavors are melanoidin and resinous piney hops. No citrus to speak of. Lots of Resin though. Finish is nice and bitter, clean but just not pungent enough. This is far better than the last one I had but I still donít see this as a DIPA. American Strong Ale I buy. Double Red ale, sure. But just not nearly enough in your face hops for me.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap@OíBrien"s: Cloudy orange amber color with a small (bar Pour) off white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some pineapple. Flavor starts sweet caramel and citrus followed by a light dry orange rind bitter finish. Light bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hand bottled @ the brewery. This is one of the best IIPA"s, and one of the better beers Iíve rated. Huge hop aroma w/ flavor donimated by hops and alcohol spiciness. Simple, not overdone w/ malt, and damn good. Nice job Rodger.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught poured at the Liars Club. Hazy red-brown pour with a small white head. Decent lacing. Smells wonderfully of cascade hops. A nice union of hops and malt in the overall experience, but the hops come in up front in the bittering and in after the finish you still taste piney hops. In between, a roller-coaster ride of malts and hops and malt again. Not ever too sweet malty, never too overly hoppy, never too alcohlic. This is an excellent IIPA, about as well balanced as any Iíve had. Some tend to overdo one flavor area or the other, but the people at Drakes came to a nice compromise with this one, and the end result is very tasty.