bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Others have noted all the subtle flavors I tasted in the first instant this beer was in my mouth So I wonít elaborate. However, there is an aftertaste of alcohol that makes it seem as though someone poured a shot of chhheeaapp liquor in every bottle. It ruined the beer for me, as I can mix a boilermaker on my own. I expected a nine dollar four-pack to be a lot tastier than this.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Rated Blind. Pours a transparent, clover honey amber color with a thin layer of creamy, well sustaining, off-white head. Big hoppy aroma of fragrant blue spruce needles and pink grapefruit zest jump up and grab the nostrils. Some fruity peach and mango notes lie in there as well, along with some sweet, light caramel malty notes. A hint of alcohol detectable in the nose, but not overly astringent or sharp. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Full carbonation, but soft and supple feeling on the tongue. Some sweeter caramel malt and light honey flavors start out the palate with a squeeze of fresh white grapefruit juice. Very bitter, piney hop resins linger on the palate in the final smack, along with some more warming alcohol. Quite nice overall; big and bitter with some nice malt complexity. Alcohol burn is biggest weak point, but its not too high to be considered a major weakness overall.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Gravity Head: Fiery orange pour with little head retention. Moderate lacing. The nose is nicely balanced between oodles of flowery, perfumey hops and cereal and bready malts. A more rounded hop profile is presented in the body - peach, grapefruit, pineapple and well saturated throughout. Almost winey at times with lots of residual sugars.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Vintage 07B. Hazy caramel copper with a one finger creamy pale beige head that fades to a film after a couple minutes. Nose intense pine, tangerine grapefruit next, and a bit of caramel malts. No idea thus far as to why this isnít a double IPA. Flavor continues with huge pine and citrus unfortunately to the point of astringency, but Iíll live. There is some caramel sweetness in there The alcohol is noticeable if youíre looking for it, but the huge hops and astringency coming with it trick your mouth into not noticing it. I can tell this is strong. Pretty big bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a full body--as Hoppity said, this isnít very smooth. Not ungodly complex by any means, but pretty good except for the astringency--and again, I dunno why it isnít listed as IIPA.
IrishBoy (4110) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Nose of piney hops with a faint hint of background vanilla sweetness; clear copper with a small beige head; flavor is hop bitterness with some pine and citrus notes; very good ASA could have been an IIPA if I had tasted it without knowing.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one on tap. Pours a heavy deep amber. Major hops on the nose. Massive hop taste with a hint of pine. Nice finish with a hop flavor that does not go away.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 Pours a deep copper with a touch of haze and thick mountainous head that fades relatively quickly (although a thin layer stays forever, keeping the glass heavily laced). The beer smells awesome - like fresh hops. The last fresh hops I smelled were Goldings hops - this beer smells like that but with a small chewable vitamin C tablet crushed in (probably a citrus-loaded american hop like Centennial...). There are some twisted malt aromas mixed in, too, and some yeast - but, holy smokes, is the aroma hoppy! I personally love the smell of fresh hops, so I am immediately enticed. The flavor starts delectably bittersweet - and big. Loads of pine and grapefruit balance loads of sweet malts, uncovering flavors of honey and caramel. The middle of the tongue is left quite dry after a sip, after being rinsed in nectar. The middle has a blast of pine and bitterness. The finish is pleasantly sweet and full of fresh hop flavor. The aftertaste is hoppy, but also quite sweet with a hint of smoke. The aftertaste, however, is almost all hops - albeit tinted with honey and alcohol. The carbonation soothes the tongue through the whole process, tricking the mind into thinking this beer is much less than 10.5%. The mouthfeel is quite rich and surprisingly creamy and thin for a beer of this great strength. The beer is exceptionally smooth and hides the alcohol quite well. You can detect alcohol in both aroma and flavor (particularly in the after-taste), but the quickness of the buzz is surprising nevertheless. Very good beer, but likely only loved by hop-heads.
shrubber85 (10756) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle (D3PA). Insanely strong pine hops aroma - like a glassful of pine sap. Cloudy orange-brown color with moderate head. Strong pine and orange juice flavor - nicely blended. Intense hops aftertaste - mind-numbingly so and keeps you from noticing any of the alcohol. This is a hops-loverís dream.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber body with nice head. Aroma is hoppy - piney with some citrus. Flavor is a little rough at first. A little too much sugar and slightly syrupy but tastes pretty damn good. Lots of carbonation with a nice sweet malty back bone. Good IIPA...I mean American Strong Ale.
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost opaque and syrupy, bronze whiskey color. IIPA in every sense. Aerosol, pinecone and butterscotch on the nose. Hints of hotter beverages. Undefined fruit characteristics are foremost in flavor. Maybe some apricot and a spark of lively mandarin orange. A heavy tide of sultry bourbon sweetness ushers in the waves of bitter grapefruit hops. Sticky, thick and resonant palate. Demanding, but well made.