IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to beeryum for this beer.
Mmm... double pale ales. Always classifed as "American Strong Ales", but in my book they stand on their own. Popped the cork on this one and knew immediately from the fresh bitter grapefruit and sugar candy aroma that wafted up my nose that this was going to be a good experience. Poured an effervescent dark amber with a large creamy off-white haed. Taste is grapefruit and grass hops with a huge malt backbone.. sticky and sweet. Warming alcohol teases the palate and warms all the way down. Soft carbonation on this gives it a creamy mouthfeel. Clean and crisp grapefruit belches allow me to relive the experience time and time again after Iíve set down the glass. Ok, so maybe Iím a sucker for loads of hops in a big beer, but I donít care... I love this. Wow, Flying Dog can brew good beer... who knew?
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBESG 2005.
A hazy dark orange beer with a thick off-white head. Typical American IPA aroma, bitter hoppy and nutty with tones of yeast and a touch of earthly hoppyness. Soft and smooth bitter and biding hoppy flavor with fruit and nut in there as well. A nice and well balanced IIPA, very classic American.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is clear amber with a nice dense tan skin of a head...smell is big pine with some grapefruit along with strong biscuity malt...
taste is very sweet with caramel and alcohol along with a warming hop bitterness...finish is sweet but quick...
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very hoppy, as i expect from the style. Full on lychee, grapefruit and pine attack, loads of orange citrus aswell. It came across as a little too sweet and sticky. Loads of sweet hop flavours, too much so i thought. Alittle unbalanced, but undeniably tasty.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Didnít even get the nose in the glass and you could smell the citrus hopy aroma. Deep amber body color with good off white head and real good lacing. Alcohol seemed to be hidden in this one with a good balance of moderate sweet flavor holding back the hop bite that is trying to break though. Was smooth on the palate and somewhat of a dry aftertaste. Good beer.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper color. About half a glass of foamy white head. Very malty. Hoppy finish but not overly so. Kind of sweet
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, though it still brings a lot to the table in the flavor department. Nice color, with a wafting honey-and-hops aroma. Tastes include pine, grass, cookie, caramel, honey, and a little bit of bubblegum. A very sticky, thick mouthfel, that truly coats your mouth. Aftertaste is dry and hoppy.
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red orange color with a small offwhite head. Honey, caramel, some vinous notes, and a piney, grassy Cascade family hop aroma. Orange peel, molasses, and an artifical chemical fruit taste. Alcohol heat and sour fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky.
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet piney hop aroma, but enveloping. amber body with a great head of pillowy marshmallow cream. taste is very hoppy , sweet orange notes. very good, as good as i remembered from the gabf. so incredibly potent. there is some pineapple in the finish and some syrupy molasses in this when it gets some temperature. i really like but canít seem to find the words.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose-all PNW hops. Taste-sweet like sweet tea. Notes of cherry, yeast, oak with lots of fruit. It tastes like the milk in a bowl of Fruit Loops tastes. The palate is too sweet. If they could find a way to pull the sweetness down, this would be one helluva beer.