Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber orange,carbonated but no head.Aroma is hoppy citrus and slighlty sweet subtle malt. Alcohol is obvious but not the 13%. Needs more of that grapefruit punch to it. Thick,hoppy and slightly sweet at the same time. Beware. $$$$ as hell. $18 a 4 pak. Iíll be stashing 2 of these for another year.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber orange color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a drab brown amber color. Barely a wisp of a head forms when poured, but if roused forms a thin amber-tan color. The aroma is a mix of concentrated malt and hops with a bit of alcohol in the finish. The aroma is a bit muddy actually, I was expecting a bit more of a hop attack.
The taste is thick and rich with concentrated notes of hops and malt, and that same muddy note that is found in the aroma. Up front this has nice concentrated notes of pure hop nectar (lots of citrus with notes of pine, herbs and a bit of menthol), it does seem to die off in the finish though. This has quite a thick, syrup-like palate to it; it sticks to your mouth even after you have swallowed it, and for some reason it is not all that pleasant. The malt also plays a heavy hand in this beer, it is not just all hops; there is a concentrated unfermented beer taste to it (very similar to malt extract), with lots of notes of caramel, & toasted malt. I am gonna have to say that this was pushed a bit too far, it is a bit too over the top. The flavors just clash on my palate.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My last rating got eaten by the system, but in short-needs more hops to be a double, or triple IPA-not more bittering, but more flavor, more aroma. Very alcoholic-not in a bad way, but just doesnít hit the mark exactly. Nice stuff though.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has been in the frige since I got back from Wisconsin. Good blend of citrus, floral and some alcohol aromas. Bloody red with a small tan head. Good citrus flavor which I thought alcohol would be present more than it was. Had a cherry flavor also. Medium dry palate, good brew.
presario (4441) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dark copper. Foamy cream head. Hop aroma rises from the open bottle. From the glass the aroma is not overpowering with strong malt and hops. As it sits the alcohol builds in the aroma. Doesnít attack the palate like Ruination, possibly due to the strong malt syrup-like base. Hits your head immediately. No sweetness to the malt and no joy for me in the beer. A celebration of excesses without justification for me.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This is the first Imperial IPA Iíve had, so it may just be the style I am not happy with. This beer looks beautiful, the aroma almost knocked me over. HOPS. The flavor, all hops and alcohol. The alcohol is overwhelming. Iíve never drank Pine Sol but I imagine itís somewhat similar to this beer.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had two bottles of this one in my cellar: one that had í03 hand written on the cap and one that had an í04 hand written on the cap. I cannot remember who sent these, but thanks to whoever did. While I cannot verify the years myself, I assume they are accurate.
2004 bottle: Pours reddish brown, nearly ruby red with a tan head. Smells of yogurt, alcohol, oranges, and rosey. No familiar grapefruit notes which is surprising for a beer that is billed as a triple IPA with 13% ABV. Taste is very bitter with an underlying bit of caramel and alcohol burn that almost overwhelms you from the very beginning. Bitterness is there, but I would have liked to taste a better blend of hops than the rosey notes present. Finish is strong and bitter with a definite alcohol burn. This could have been a lot better had more thought could have been put into what hops they used and when they added them.
2003 bottle: Smells of roses, yogurt, alcohol (though to a lesser degree than in the 2004 bottle) and caramel. Sweetened out a bit with some caramel malt notes, but otherwise very similar to the í04. The alcohol has mellowed, but is still too pronounced. Not balanced at all.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WTF happened to my notes? I must have been completely consumed by this devilish beer as they start off takin note of my sheepish attitude toward the ABV (which is an unusual note for me) and mentioning not wanting to share (only SOMEWHATstrange). Sweet and THICK with hops registering in the smack you in the head range. Would love to get more, not only to flesh out rating, but because i liked dancing with this diablo.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks richlikebeer for sharing. Aroma strong hoppy citric profile. Poured an amber with a tan head. Flavor was good, strong hoppy character just enough malts to sweeten things up. Palate was smooth and easy. I liked this one very much.
BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 [bottle] Pours an excellent ruby color, with a coffee colored head. Aroma is hops immediately, then alcohol and malts. Flavors are intense hops, citrusy grapefruit rind and malts, as well as a very complex sweetness- this is one memorable IIPA.