ElGaucho (2320) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
6th annual Bistro IIPA fest. Hemp aroma. Beautiful, dark, reddish amber with a ring of off-white head. Wow! Very good #1 or #2 brew of the day along with the Drakes Denogginizer. Pretty high in alcohol. Listed as 11% here, but 12% in the program vs. 10% for the Denogginizer. Unbelievable.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great brew indeed. HOPPY. Hops on the aroma. Hops in the taste. Bitter but balanced. Delicious. Right up there with denogg.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest, Dec 05. Orange pour. Big hoppy grapefruit and citrus aroma, with noticable alcohol. Sweeat caramel backing that showcases a ton of grapefruit rind and foral hops. Peppery from the alcohol. Lingering bitter finish.
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey-amber colour. Brash hop aroma is very heady. You really sit up and take notice when presented with this one. Massive bitterness, off which some really neat spicy hop flavours play. Can’t really say it’s balanced because it’s not even close. It’s what I imagine drinking hop extract would be like. Still, it tastes great and that aroma is killer.
omhper (21769) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Deep orange red. Massive lychee aroma. Sweet and supermalty with soft, rounded mouthfeel. Megahoppy with some burning alcohol coming through and an extremely bitter finish . What amazes me is the softness of the malt here, in the midst of the hop and alcohol onslaught - that’s what makes this beer so good.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge and wow did I say HUGE? This is a tour de force of an IIIPA, Hops HOPS and yet even more hops smack you in the face and yet manage to give you a reach around at the same time. The nose is absolutely amazing and one could just smell this all night. Yes there is malt, big rich satifying mildly sweet malt with great depth that just compliments that wonderful oily, resinous character like a bikini models implants. Absolutely amazing brew that continues to up the ante in the Lupulin wars.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely NOT for the faint of heart. This is a nut-check in a bottle, if you know what I mean. Where do I start? Amber in color with an impressive clarity. Aroma is just an onslaught of hoppyness that leaves you thinking you are smelling it everywhere. Incredibly fresh smelling, it’s one of those smells you never forget. It sort of takes a part of your brain, wraps it up in hops and never lets go. Flavor matches the intensity of the hops but is given some oopmph by the malts with makes it balanced beyond reality. You’d never know the ABV was 11% because it’s not overpowering in any way. Just an excellent beer from some excellent people.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Clear amber color with a reddish hue. Huge piney aroma with some citrus mixed in. Aroma was fresh and huge but pleasant not over powering. Tons of hop flavor running all the way through but doesn’t over power. Mouth bitterness is well balanced with the caramel sweetness.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Pizza Port 9th Strong Ale Festival. Some ctirus on the nose, but *Huge* pine ( juniper tips?) aroma, lilke walking into a forest; never have I encountered as much pine in the nose of a beer. Malt backbone stands up to the hops well, good residual caramel sweetness. Medium body, alcohol not showing in 11% strength. Excellent & interesting brew.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Slightly hazy ruby amber beer with a thin off-white head. Huge citrus aroma. Huge citrus flavor. Very clean. Some malt backing with a bit of caramel. Pine/citrus at end. Rich mouthfeel. Very slight alcohol presence.