davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma seemed pretty muted. The beer pours a dark brick red and has a brown head. The hops are oily and stick to your mouth. The hops and malt are powerful, but there is a watery base that leaves something to be desired.
jgb9348 (4961) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a hint of a copper and ruby glow at the bottom and a nice, two centimetre tall tan head that leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass. Aroma of toffee, malt, hops, citrus and a bit of nice pungent hops. Full-bodied; Dense, deep toffee and earthy maltiness showing with a slightly sour hop note, some caramel and other sugars and a good deep metallic and almost fruity note at the end. Aftertaste shows mostly sweet and hoppy tastes combined with a complex maltiness and some subdued alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice deep, strong beer with some good flavours and a strong hop note. sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at K&E Beverage in New Paltz, New York on 20-November-2011 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 06-March-2012.
UDBeernut (1974) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle poured into a snifter
a: deep amber/red, 1/2" off white head with good retention
s: caramel, toffee, slight yeast, faint pine
t: more sweet than I was expecting, well balanced with a pine hops. A subtle beer that contains imperial and india in its name.
m: light to medium bodied, slight soapyness and chalk
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Incredible Hop
Date: September 21, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy gold, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet floral aroma
Flavor: dry malt flavor, lots of floral hops, just enough sweetness to balnce the hops, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Expensive ($9.49 + tax for a 22 oz. bottle), but very good. A nice warming drink for the holidays or anytime during the winter months. The label is misleading, since it makes you think that the beer inside is going to be very hoppy. While there is a hop presence, it’s not as strong as I thought it would be.
edwardbass (611) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Should have read the description on the label. Was on a small FCB kick, so decided to try it blind. Not enough hop and way too much malt for my taste. The aroma is malt graininess over the top. Don’t really get much "caramel". Oh well. I can say I tried it.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, toasting, leaves, light caramel, light hops, and kinda just ’red ale scent.’ Poured very deep orange/copper in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small, medium, and large-sized particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, hops, and light resin. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, hop finish. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured amber with a light tan head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Aroma of caramel and citrus hop. The flavor found caramel, light hop, and a candy like background. Medium body, sweet front, bitter back, and a caramel aftertaste.
Nik925 (769) - USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great aroma, and then all down hill from there. The color is good, palate is way off. Flavor is all one note yet still somehow muddy. Chased with a bad aftertaste.
Strykzone (5325) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear and dark copper with a soapy head. The nose is rich malt. The flavor is malt with pleasant fruit. Some very light hops. This is nice. Uncomplicated but good.
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Half Time. Clear reddish amber ale covered by a slice of off-white foam. That one drinks pretty much like its commercial description. Malt-forward, intense nutty Munich malts paired along strong dextrinous crystal malts with heavy toast notes and lesser biscuit and caramel tones. Sweet, albeit not sticky due to its toasty moreso than straight caramel focus. Pretty much the foundations for a barley wine. Soft tobacco notes peak through before the spicy, heavily leafy, oily hops kick through. Surprisingly, they have not chosen the brash and acidic citrusy kind. Still, there is plenty of woody bitterness in the finish. Filtered, a bit stripped down mouthfeel with timid carbonation. That and the Munich maltiness make it distinguishable among similar beers, but it’s obviously not meant to be refreshing and feels a bit simple from a sipper and therefore is not quite a candidate for greatness.