jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thereís no doubt this is a big-beer IPA just by the aroma. Hops ó citrus, pine and floral ó dominate the nose, though malt is detectable and the aroma is somewhat reminiscent of barley wine. Not suprisingly, the flavor is also dominated by hops ó both citrus and floral. but again, the malt backbone is quite noticable ó raisins, caramel, spice. Still, this is one bitter, hoppy IPA from beginning to end and long afterwards. Medium to heavy body, somewhat syrupy and cloying. The alcohol makes itself known in the flavor and though it didnít get in the way, it didnít help. I think this beer tries to have too many big things going on all at once and never quite gets it all balanced.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color with a one finger head that slowly fades leaving a nice ring and a spotty cap. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell; man those hops almost jump out of the glass and slap you in the face. lots of floral/piney hops, citrus, roasted malts and caramel.
Taste; Piney hops with a bit of citrus, nice caramel malty backbone, and thereís an almost peppery spiciness, with warming alsohol in the finish. The hops werenít quite as overwheling as it smelled, and had a pretty good malt balance to it. Mouthfeel was medium to full, and just a litlle oily. as others have stated, it seemed a little closer to a barleywine that it does an IPA of any kind. Still, I liked this alot, I just donít think I could drink more than one because of the ABV%.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy amber body with a thick, slowly diminishing white head. Intense hoppy aroma of pine resin, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, toasted grains and some light brown sugar. The body is thick, full and robust. Sweet, warm and quite bitter at the finish. The warm alcohol really becomes apparent AFTER the swallow; it doesnít burn on the way down, but you can feel it as it goes. A definite sipper as it takes some time to get through the body. Not a terrible beer by any stetch, but itís far too much to drink regularly.
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottles acquired in trades with OhioDad & Jokes (thanks!). Poured a dark amber color with a larger sized off white head. Almost had a deep blood red look to it. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, and citrus. Tastes of grapefruit, oranges, caramel, and citrus. Light spices in there as well. Welll balanced. Full and sticky body. Alcohol content well hidden. I really enjoyed this one.
pivo (2632) - GERMANY - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasted malt nose, but mostly fresh hops, though not overpowering. Very dark amber for an IPA - already out of charater. Foamy lathery head. Sweet toffee tastes with some caramel. Tight biting bitter. Odd mix, really: seems to have the broken the bitter barrier and actually comes off sweeter than other IPAs. Full body. This grows on you. File under "Big Beer" category.
YogiBeera (2545) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murkey brown color, medium creamy head. Sweet honey first, than toasty malt nose. Doughie taste, some hops which puckers the back roof of the mouth. Long lasting. Reminds me a lot on DFH 120 - even more wondering why a huge hopedose turns out in such a taste. The more you drink though the more I like it - The hops intervals stay longer and grow on your palatine. Not bad.
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
They really should cut with the crap and just call this a barleywine. Thatís what it is. The beer pours a rich, deep red with a very slight chill haze. The head is a yellowish khaki that forms easily. The hops top the aroma, but thereís that buttery raisin/prune that is common among barleywine. The flavor is caramel and light toast malt, but the hops are aggressive, especially in the bittering in the finish. A bit of honeydew melon in there as well.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very slight bit too hot for me, but none the less still fantastic. Pours out a dark amber, very minimal head around the edge that sticks around throughout the beer. Nose is huge, and I mean huge on pine, grapefruit, just pure hop madness. Flavor reveals a bit of malt, but still just the hop taking control. Noticed a few hints of I wanna say..peach. Reminded me of a cloned DFH 120 but just a bit more tame. Very delicious, but a bit on the pricey side.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the crack of the bottle, this one is screaming with hops. Pours a cloudy mahagony color with a thin head. Lots of grapefruit and citric hops in the nose. Thick palate with a citric hop flavor upfront. Some alcohol in the background which blends with the bitterness and is hard to distinguish the two.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ach, mein Gott! This truly gets this hopheadís seal of approval. Deep orange, almost red (with heat) in color, it has a strong grapefruit-lemon zest-resinous hop aroma strongly matched by the scents of a rich, caramel malt. This baby is thick enough to chew on. Itís a seriously malty beer, sweet with some fruitiness (mainly orange) to it. Then itís violently attacked by an (un)earth(l)y hop bitterness that scalds the inside of the mouth. Strangely, it flows down WAY TOO easily. I wasnít quite sure if the warming of my body was due to the 13% ABV or my reaction to the 200+ IBUs. If it wasnít so damned expensive, it would be my new session ale.
Thanks, Randy, for making this gem available in the Chicago area!
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