Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very red with little tan head. Huge bitter grapefruit notes on this one. Chewy malts in the body with the citrus hops finishing this dance out. Alcohol is hidden in this devil. Lookout!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby wutha creamy light tan head and nice glass lacing. The aroma is massive citrus hops and alcohol. Sweetness is also a major factor here. Flavor wise this one is massive hops and lots of malt. Bitter throughout. Medium-full body dry finsih and alcoholic. Very bitter. More of a huge American style barley wine than an IPA3 but tasty nonetheless. Thanks bro (unclebleen) for the xmas gift!
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Deep ruby in color with a cream colored, well-sustained head. Aroma of pelletized hops before being used and a deep, rich caramel. Alcohol is noticable but not too hot and is well-integrated into the hop flavor. The malt character is burnt caramel and crystallized sugar with a definite smoky note to it. The finish length is unbelievable. The hop acidity rides along the center of the tongue battles with a returning malt sweetness and the hop flavor almost indefinitely. This could be described as Saturated Hedonism.
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Triple IPA? Yep this has hops and plenty of them but also has a huge grain bill with a equally huge caramel background. This beer has a glowing reddish brown tint with a forever lasting head and excellent lacing. The aroma has expected has major a piney resin character but seem to have the fruity notes too subdued compared to other IIPA’s. Caramel, toffee, hazelnut, and white pepper also detected on the nose. The taste just keep biting at you with those hops but a strange metallic and acidic nature keeps it from ultimately become fully enjoyable. The feel is quite sticky for the style, almost barleywine like. The alcohol is actually well hidden overall. This is one beer where the whole is LESS THAN the sum of the parts, I left a bit disappointed, but can see where some ratebeerian could really dig this stuff. A worthy try all told.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 Deep red brown body, medium head, good lacing. Aroma is big - piney citrusy hops and sweet malt. Body is thick and smooth - almost syrupy and later almost cloying. Sweet caramel toast malts - a lot more malt here than I thought there would be. I guess with 200 ibu, I was hoping for straight hop juice! The finish and aftertaste are where all the hop action is tho - long lingering grapefruit and pine along with a bit of roasty malt sweetness. This seems to be right in the middle of IPA and Barleywine.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a red hued caramel color much like a barleywine. Aroma is hops and more hops but is balanced, smell is like a barleywine as well. Flavor is hops but balanced with malt. Not quite an IIPA and not quite a barleywine. Interesting and good.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Large white head on a clear deep amber body. Piney and grapefruit hops dominate, but moderate caramel and toasty malts follow. Light alcohol in the nose as well. Bready malt flavor with toasty & caramel, hops are piney in flavor. Well balanced initially, but becomes cloying in the finish & aftertaste. Full body, low, soft carbonation, lightly sticky, but smooth. Well hidden alcohol. IMHO, not a great I2PA. Okay, but not as well balanced as it should/could be, and not as complex as a lot of others.
Maddog (374) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
With hopes this high, I was bound to be a little disappointed. Has 200 + IBU’s but they are masked by the intense malty sweetness. More of barley wine style than an intensely hoppy IPA. A very good beer, but falls short of my dream.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is a good beer...dont get me wrongl but it is very abundant of hops, which isnt always my favorite; very strong alcohol taste; hoppy aroma, hoppy taste; great dark reddish brown color...very piney grassy taste with strong grapefruit flavor; good beer overall, just a little out of my style
ElGaucho (2140) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 GTM. Hoppy aroma, but not overly hoppy. Some malt some alcohol. Dark brown with some yellow highlights. Light brown head; small. Wnderful flavor. Damn good.