michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Bottle: Very hoppy aroma with citrus notes and a little alcohol. Poured dark amber/orange in color with a very small tan head that disappeared quickly. Cloudy with floating particles. Heavily bitter flavor. Flavor of citrusy hops, caramel, and a little pepper. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Overall, the 13%ABV is well hidden. Still, itís hard to believe this beer is 200 IBUs. Either my tastebuds are shot, or this is more like 100 IBUs.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07 bottle. Pours a dirty reddish brown with barely any head to speak of (despite glugging the last fourth of the bottle in the glass). Aroma is surprisingly balanced with malts in addition to the expected hops. The hops give off some lemon/ginger aspects and maybe a hint of grass, while the malts smell of raisins, cookie dough, caramel and sugar. Nice. Tons of malt flavor hits first, with some brown sugar, caramel, toffee and gingerbread. Hop flavor is somewhat bitter, but surprisingly smooth. Some grapefruit and light lemon in the taste. Finishes with a lingering woody bitterness that sticks to the throat and wonít let go. Thereís still some gingerlike hop flavor going down the throat too. Carbonation is low and the beer is more slick than creamy. Slightly sticky, which I donít mind. Thanks to Walt for putting this bottle in my forgotten cooler, it was a nice surprise.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma didnít let onto the quantity of hops in this thing. The colour was very reddish and there wasnít much of a head. The flavour is fantastic. Itíís very thickly malty but bam is it full of hops. Graprefruit in there a bit, but strong citric acid\ness and lots and lots of bitterness. fItís not offensive in any way, despite the overload of hops.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 super thick IPA. lovely aroma and deep color. a lot of malt but paired with all the hops its a great balance. 13%...doesnít seem like its that much, well hidden. a huge treat!
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours clearish orange yellow with off-white head. Aroma is hops, tangerine, wet barn. Flavor is caramel, hops, bitter, ketchup.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy red, with a very solid off-white head. Hoppy nose, with a good dose of orange and solid piney notes, some caramel and honey. Flavor is nicely rounded, with a profound toffee sweetness that gives way to a nice almondine bitterness. Plenty of citrus and even a touch of chocolate round things out. Excellent creamy mouthfeel.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 Had this on tap at Founders. Smells quite sweet, almost like sweettarts, as well as citrus and some pine. Taste is quite different than the smell, loads of hops, still a good amount of sweetness and malt character. Doesnít hit you with a big kick at the end, rather if fades off and the hop flavor just kinds of sticks to your tongue. Enjoyed it.
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #400... bottle. Alright, so Iím fairly excited for this one, Founders seems incapable of missing, so weíll see what their Triple IPA is like. Pour is a reddish brown color with a very minimal head. As Iím pouring, I am almost overwhelmed with the hops aroma... pineapple and grapefruit are the dominant hops scents, but there are other caramel malt promises that are lurking in the background. Iím not picking up any sniffs of the 13% ABV... First thoughts are that it is fairly syrupy and thick... almost a sugary stickiness. That malty sweetness gives way to a hops blast of bitterness that finishes out the beer. Iím not sure that this is anywhere near one of my favorite IPAís... it is simply a little over the top and unidimensional... It is certainly a really nice Imp. IPA, but the supremely bitter finish with an alcoholic astringency leave me a little disappointed. Still, really nice... just expected a little more.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The First of the Dan Journal. Tasted 4/11/2006. Murky with a caramel hue. Spotty off-white head. Syrupy with port and caramel in the nose. Sugary bitter and long. Initially sweet with caramel notes. Then a citrus bomb, followed by a dry and sticky piney hop finish. Fantastic!
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full bodied yet a bit oily with floral aroma and fruity hoppy flavor and with out excessive sweetness or malt. Pine, orange, grapefruit.