JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with dra19. Pours a slightly cloudy light mahogany color with a thin broken white head. Hop aroma not overwhleming, but thereís still a sharp citric tone to it. A nice strong biscuity malt aroma is present as well. Pretty thick palate. Good hop kick to start, nice and floral without tasting too earthy. The finish is moderately hoppy and the alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden. Pretty even-handed for such a strong brew.
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful clear copper with almost no head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with citrus, pineapple, and after a while the hops come away to reveal the earthy malt. Wow, this is a rich product, and strong with alcohoppy goodness. This thing toasts my tongue. Malt is also strong, but it barely keeps up with the rest of the brew, which stays with me minutes after I sip it. Rating #500, and Iím quite pleased with my selection! $5/12oz
MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capones, recomended by Stegosaurus. Cloudy red/brown pour. Sweet hoppy aroma, floral taste but a real good blend. I got to tell you that Stegosaurus knows his beers. Thanks bro !
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I must admit that when I was first introduced to this about three years ago the nomenclature of "triple ipa" was a bit intimidating. This is still an intimidating beverage. Nice looking pour reveals a radiant cherry amber body with a small and quickly vanishing beige head. Huge aroma of all kinds of hop notes backed an equally large backing of maltiness. Citrus rind, pine, spices, and earthiness jump all over the chewy malt profile. Syrupy maltiness, resinous hops, and hot alcohol all bounce off each other. Aggressive, challenging, and still memorable. Keep away from children.
jglerum (1) - USA - JUL 11, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dangerously strong and deceptively rich and smooth, this triple IPA immediately catapulted to the top of my favorite beers list. Love at first sip!
gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 bottle. pours translucent dark brooding amber. Smells of citrus hops with an obviously strong malt backbone. first drink .. whoa.. holy sh#$. 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 (2452) - 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 (7515) - 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 (5490) - 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 (725) - 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.