oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Strawberry liquorish and strong grain alcohol.
Appearance:Dark amber, cloudy, bubbly head.
Flavor: Strong hop flavor fallowed by straight alcohol, with a nice smoke finish.
Palate is a little rough and not very well balanced.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 12oz, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée-rouge et claire. Nez de houblon résineux, moyennement floral et citrique (pamplemousse) avec des notes herbeuses, malté de caramel sucré aux notes rôties, moyennement fruité (léger d’agrumes, d’abricots et de raisins), léger d’alcool et de buiscuits ainsi que de faibles notes boisées. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture résineuse,, moyennement sirupeuse et légèrement huileuse. Assez amer de houblon résineux, citrique (pamplemousse asséchant), moyennement floral et aux petites notes terreuses (présent durant toute la gorgée) accompagné d’un goût fruité (agrumes, raisins, léger d’abricots) accompagné d’un léger goût boisé (fût de chêne) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt du genre caramel sucré aux notes rôties avec un léger goût de biscuits ainsi que des notes de sucre brun (traces de toffee), parallèlement à un moyen goût d’alcool assez réchauffant jusqu’en finale, où l’on retrouve un regain d’amertume de houblon plus herbeux et asséchant (faibles notes de poivre). Arrière-goût long et sec, assez amer de houblon résineux, citrique, moyennement herbeux et aux petites notes florales et terreuses, moyen d’alcool et légèrement fruité (zest d’agrumes, notes de moût de raisins).
dalekliz (907) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark clear orangey-red with no head. Strong citrus hops aroma with hints of berries and raisins. Flavor is sweet and sharp, of hops, malt, and fruit. Nice bite of bitterness. Very tasty.
Slipstream (2403) - USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Adrian for a bottle of this! I have been looking forward to trying this strange brew. I am ready for the adventure - here it goes! A weird drawing on the label - a flower in front of an angelic dancing girl? Dark amber coloring with a strong smell of sharp hops and alcohol. Not much head. The flavor is intense - sweet malt and alcohol to start, then the hops kick in for full IPA flavor. The finish is pleasantly hoppy. This beer is aromatic and stealthily powerful - impressive and off the main road. Anyone with a taste for hops and alcohol should give it a try. A few of these and you will be dancing with the devil.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is lovely yet quite strong. Malty sweet , alcohol but nice, Hops aren’t as defined as I’d expect, but not surprising considering 13%. Finishes nicely w/ hops though for a long time.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops with a good malt background in the aroma. It had a disappointing head with a dark burgundy. Those hops are really, really strong in the flavor though. They however lend a wonderfully thick, creamy smoothness in the palate however. There’s so much hops here that it’s almost too much. It’s quite good still though.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Dark copper to amber in color the beer poured a 1/4" head that dissipated leaving some nice lacing. The nose was even dry. A hop-lovers dream this was filled with citric hops (mainly grapefruit). In the mouth the beer is filled with, surprise, lots of hops. The high alcohol leads to a palate with good weight and presence in the palate. The midpalate must have some balancing malt as it does not come off overly dry or bitter and even shows a bit of sweetness. The lingering finish does have a nice bitter dryness though it is balanced. Overall, this is a freak of a beer that i can see some will lover and others hate.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Crown #15 in Fishers, IN. Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy, beige head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring of bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Despite wearing the "triple IPA" moniker, this both looks and smells more like a barley wine than an IPA or IIPA. Big and malty, the nose is of sweet malt with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar and light alcohol. The hops come in at the end, but behind the huge, malty front, it’s difficult to pick out any distinct hop notes beyond citrus. Medium-bodied and oily, transitioning into a softly grainy, bitter and "warm" finish. The claim of 200+ IBUs was surprising, after taking in the super-malty aroma, but after having a few sips, I’m a believer. The flavor is much like a barley wine, with a big, sweet, malty front and notes of dark fruit, but that front is followed by a hit of alcohol warmth and the distinctive tongue squeeze of huge piny, citric and resinous hop bitterness. While I prefer my IIPAs and barley wines to demonstrate a bit more subtlety, this is a damn fine beer. I have to believe that this one would cellar quite well. I wish that I had bought more than the one to test my theory.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of pantanap (secret santa). Pours a slightly thick red-orange color with no head. Big time hops in front of a sweet malt aroma. Taste is what you would expect...an overload of piney hops and syrupy sweet malts. Drinks very much like a barleywine...with not much carbonation. Very approachable and not as much heat like you would think. Love it. Thanks a ton Santa!
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish orange color that is clearish in appearance. Thin off-white/brownish head. That fades completely. Smells sweet but with a huge spicy alcohol backbone. Tons of hops in this baby. Sweet and fruity up front but with a lot of hop and alcohol bitterness on the finish. Pretty thin and smooth for a 13% brew, good carbonation, but whew... alcohol! Good brew but at 13% it’s alcohol-ful.