jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a very sweet and very strong IPA. its almost too strong but blend the flavor well with the alcohol. more than one of these will have you buzzed in a hurry.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a slight sweetness to it on the nose and the palate. Strong alchol taste that does do well with the other flavors. A must try.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 12 oz bottle from several traders. Holy hell is this stuff potent. They claim that this is 200+ IBU’s and that may be no lie. This is about as extreme of an IPA as I have had, and it borders on being ridiculous. Wouldn’t this be a Barley Wine? This style is ok in very small doses, but it is way way way too friggen sweet for my tastes. As I drank this, my mouth felt like I ate a whole bag of cotton candy. Not my thing, but to each his own.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish maroon color with little to no head. Smells of monster hops and must. Taste is sort of sweet hoppy, not the piney hoppy you would think. Definitely get that heavy alcohol in this one. Somewhat bitter in the finish although still pretty smooth. Get real sweet malts, and slight raisins taste, mixed in with the bitterness. Quite a monster of an IPA.
mnurda (1124) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Huge malt character is an undertstament. it was like a milkshake. Great tasting, but too much alcohol for my liking. Had to share it with a couple of folks.
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
From the description you would expect this to be a giant hop bomb with intense amount of bitterness. Instead it is very mellow, almost most like an American Strong ale than an Imperial IPA. If it did not cost so much for a four pack I would consider buying it but since a single costs over $3.99 I will probably stay with cheaper, slightly inferior alternatives.
Aroma / Appearance - A huge one finger head lingers indefinitely over a body that looks like someone melted a handful of caramel candies into a goblet. The lacing crawls down the sides like sticky glazing. The nose is not nearly as intense as I was expecting. If I had known it would be this mellow I might have tried it a month or two ago. Caramel, oak and a tame grapefruit nose form the highlight of an aroma backed by chocolately vinous scents.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of rich chocolate silk pie fills the mouth upon first sip. Delayed by a few seconds, the next wave brings forth the hoppy notes by way of a lingering taste that is reminiscent of licking pine cones. The second wave adds caramel, molasses and pecans on the top of the bitterness complimenting it nicely. The finish is semisweet and bitter simultanouesly leaving the taste of wood shavings on the throat. The overall experience is very creamy and pleasing with only a few shortcomings.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle form leopoldstoch: pours a thick ambery orange hue. the aroma is hops and then some more hops with some malt added in. some aroma of alcohol.
flavour is gnarly of hops malt alcohol and just plain bitterness. with that said it is quite satisfying. this is one monster of an ipa i think it needs just aliitle more time to lay down. but about as huge as i have tasted.overall this beer is big it is a little syrupy i am not sure whether to drink it or pour it on my pancakes in the morning, but like i said it is satisfyin to my hop need.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
HUGE! INTENSE! WICKED! To be honest, I found this IPA a bit too "green"; it strikes me as a little raw, a little simple, a little too much special-effects-to-hide-the-vacuous-script. As with any beer of this density, though, all it takes is a little time...I’m tempted to open another this week...but I think I’m going to wait...
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 Bottle from Sprinkle. One year old. Pours a syrupy deep amber color. Little carbonation. Sweet hoppy aroma, quite a bit of malt as well. Reminds me alot of a barleywine. Very thick and well balanced. Alcohol is just lurking outon the fringes. Very good, brew. The one year old definitely has barleywine characteristics throughout. Will give the fresh one a shot.... This beer is even better fresh. Big hoppy character. Lovely 2IPA. Both versions were excellent, but I enjoyed the fresh one best.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a slightly cloudy mahagony with a moderately lasting head considering the alcohol content. Aroma has candied apricots and peaches with caramel. A noticeable spicy cirtic hop aroma is also sharing the stage. Flavor starts out with a real sweet crystal malt base that quickly gets overtaken by the hops in the beer. Quite bitter and plenty of hop flavor. The citric american varieties seem to be mostly represented. Quite an interested beer that begs for another sip as the flavors change so rapidly in the mouth.