Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Thanks cpferris for the trade. Hazy dark red-amber with a thin, very fine medium tan head. The aroma is for all intensive purposes is that of a barleywine: dark caramel malt, fruity alcohol sweetness, spicy hops, and thick, resinous caramelized citrus hops. The flavor is again dripping with thick, sustained bitter resin and dark citrus hops with some more spice that again very much leaves the impression of an American barleywine. The body is shockingly dry for how malty this beer comes across. The 13% alcohol is amazingly well integrated. This one is huge and unwieldy but maintains its balance and poise nonetheless--true to its namesake. That being said, however, read "triple IPA" as "barleywine."
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa Ty5592.
Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a soapy off white head. Aroma of tons of hops, malt, and some earthy notes. Flavor is huge malty sweetness and insanely well balanced hop bitterness. Goes down the hatch with a nice Slick oilymouthfeel. I somehow think the hops have faded since this was released a while back because this is a lot maltier and less hoppier than I thought it would be. Regardless even with a little age on this this is one hell of a brew. Definitely gonna do a trade next time this brewed so I can try it fresh.
travita (4715) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber to red in color with a light beige colored head. Smell is pine, citrus, caramel, and sweet. Taste is a nice bitterness with the pine and citrus coming from the hops, but it blends and balances well with the malts. Alcohol is well balanced in the to the brew as well. Medium to full body. Good beer.
coyotehunter (696) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 will re rerate at a later date. was slightly drunk last time. currently have one thats been sitting now for quite awhile. after my trip to Arkansas Ill redo this.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wicked hoppy aroma and a beautiful deep amber color. Truly something to behold in the glass. Flavor is one-dimensional, but MASSIVELY HUGE - Hops. The finish was incredibly bitter and long-lasting: well after the last swallow I couldn’t shake the taste. This beer is a bit of an enigma to me. Why go to all the trouble of making it so darn powerful if in the process all flavors except the hops are destroyed? I don’t doubt that under the right conditions this beer could make one believe that all is right in the world, but I have yet to find that happy place. Sooooo, for me this beer is completely over-the-top.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy.
Pours a very nice cloudy deep amber with beige head. Aroma is very hoppy and obvious alcohol notes that blended very well. Flavor is of nice strong hops, sweet malt, alcohol to boot that blends in smoothly. Mouthfeel is full bodied heavy beer, med. carbonation. Overall this is very nice.......has warming effect.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to KingpinIPA for this one. Bottle. Beautiful rich copper orange color. Citrus, pine hop and malt aroma. Sweet malt with citrus. Slight hop bitter finish. Very drinkable for such a strong IPA.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to RCL in trade. I really appreciate the upgrade on this one. this poured a cloudy caramel type color with a tiny beige head. aroma was wonderful with grapefruit, hops, and dough. flavor was great also with citrus, hops, caramel, and maybe had some doughyness in it. this might have just climbed up the ranks to my favorite so far!!
LilBeerDoctor (3633) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with no real head. Aroma of sweet malt, lots of citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is incredibly sweet with a bitter hops finish. Very strong. This beer had an odd interplay between the bitter hops and super sweet malt that just didn’t mesh well. Too heavy and strong so that lots of the other flavors normally found in IIPAs are hidden here. I agree with another rater that this beer is somewhat similar to 120 min (although much better and far more drinkable, but designed in the same vein I’d imagine). Too much for me. Maybe it’s better fresh??
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to sprinkle. This is a monster in all regards. Useless to list out everything because there really is everything in this beer. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I found the malts to just be too overpoweringly sweet, with the bitterness taking a back seat until the finish when the rest of the show was over. Alcohol also seemed to thin out the otherwise unbelievably rich malts. Just too big I thought. More than complex, it was an unnecessary onslaught.