jglerum (1) - USA - JUL 11, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dangerously strong and deceptively rich and smooth, this triple IPA immediately catapulted to the top of my favorite beers list. Love at first sip!
gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 bottle. pours translucent dark brooding amber. Smells of citrus hops with an obviously strong malt backbone. first drink .. whoa.. holy sh#$. Strong and as alchoholic as a barley wine. Almost toooo much? However, as it warmed to room temperature I was welcomed into Hopdom, where the streets are paved with malts and hops fall from the sky. Founders isnít playing around!!!
Dorwart (2431) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour with almost no head and very little carbonation. Thick dense pour into the glass. Sweet malts, candy sugar, lots of sprucy hops and caramel. Almost like a big hoppy barleywine. You can tell this is powerful stuff from the aroma. Color is a bright reddish orange. WOW, lots of heat and hops in the flavor. Loads of spruce and pine, sweet caramel malts. Quite the bitter flavor but not succulent bitterness. You know, the kind that makes the mouth salivate and thirst for more. Huge alcohol presence does detract from the flavor a little. Not as complex as hoped for. Finish is very warming and bitter. Heat and bitterness does a number on the gums. This is some powerful stuff. Certainly clears the senses. Thanks to whoever gave this to me. I canít remember right now.
Ibrew2or3 (7422) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep slightly hazy copper with tan head. The aroma really speaks to the flavor to come. It has a thick sweet syrupy caramelized malt and molasses mix along with a healthy dose of pine hops in the nose. As expected the beer has a sticky, sludgy mouth feel that seems just right for this huge beer. Essentially itís a very very hoppy barlewine. I taste thick rich caramelized malts that team up with a mighty pine hop bitterness and some sweeter pine hop flavor to wreck havoc on the senses. YUM. There is also light hints of dark fruitiness that lean the flavor towards a barleywine. The beer draws into the finish with residual pine hop bitterness and sweet caramelized malts. Just delicious. This beer doesnít mess around. Its big bold and aggressive. Itís the Hummer H1 of autos and not the sissy H2 thing.
decaturstevo (5409) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark amber pour with little to no head. A hops aroma that is there but not over powering it also has some maltiness mixed in. A flavor that has some malt on the front that is taken over by the hops which are closely followed by the abv. Then the IBUís kick back in for a long lasting very pleasant bitter. Drinking temp is critical in this beer more than most as this beer warms the abv really comes forward. Never hot in my opinion but always warm. Mouthfeel and palate are solid for a beer this big I think it is spot on in the palate. A demon to say the least I feel bad that I drank it all alone ah heck maybe not:)
b33r (717) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown in color, cloudy, with a light tan head and light lacing. Aroma was rich and hoppy. Flavor was just alright- hops were not as strong as I would have liked. I tasted a lot of malt, which was surprising- more than I was expecting for a triple IPA. Strong alcohol flavor as well. All around it was good, just not what I was hoping for.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma of citrus. Taste is primarily of grapefruit, with light pine and some sweet malts as well. Sticky mouthfeel. Reminded me almost like fermented pineapple juice. Yes itís hoppy, but I wouldnít consider it any more hoppy compared to other popular DIPAís (even at 200 IBU). Having said that, itís a good beer... but not as good as I expected.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, fiery orange-red color. Head was yellowish-off white with good retention and lacing. Overall the aroma and flavor were malt dominated. Aroma was of molasses, subdued grapefruity hops, dired fruits, and a touch of soy. There was also a hint of chocolate covered cherry at times. Slightly sweet up front. Full bodied with a slick mouth feel. Hop bitterness was prevalent throughout and peaked toward the end. The degree of hop bitterness never struck me as 200+ IBUís, however. Layered flavors of toffee, light malty molasses, cherry, and cotton candy.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Julios. Amber in color/dark orange with a medium off white head. Aroma is alot of caramel and citrus hops, with some pine. Taste is very big as I expected: tons of malt, and a good amount of citrus and pine hops. Bittering is moderate. Body is very syrupy, which makes sense as this is a 13 % IPA- IMO this is an american barleywine and not an IPA. Alchohol is pretty well hidden.
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry- thanks for the fresh bottle of liquid death!
Appearance is cloudy tangerine, minor amount of soapy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is a fresh pine forest. Taste- holy shit is that hoppy!!! Waves of bitterness (grapefruit rind, pine) are pulsating out of this nasty bugger of a beer. The inside of my mouth is a dehyrdated mess after a few sips. Must be a fresh bottle! Caramel malts try to bring a little something to the dance, but its tough. Mouthfeel is pretty quite good. Carbonation is low, but this is not nearly as sweet and cloying as I though it might be. Without a doubt, this is the most bitter beer Iíve ever had. It would make DFH 120 IPA weep like a child in fear of it. Thank christ it only comes on a 12 ounce bottle- youíd be in the fetal position after a bomber. Thanks Harry- this was Fín great!