illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating from February. Bottle from Roziís in Lakewood Ohio. I tried this along with Bells Hopslam. Pours amber with a white head. Very nice citrusy aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation. The pale malt backbone is very west coast like, staying out of the way to let the hop grapefruit rind and piney bitterness take over. Not as sweet as Hopslam, and much drier and grassier. This was good, but I think this one has a very short shelf life like Pliney, as this bottle did not seem fresh.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at the Founders brewpub and oh my goodness, how tasty and fresh it was! Poured glowing orange with a small white head. Aroma is a beautiful blend of hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine pineapple with a nice sweet malty backbone. Really bites the nose nicely. Flavor is just as potent with very freshly squeezed hop oils. Not too bitter at all with just the right blend of fruity and floral. The balance of rich caramelized sugar gives it a nice leveling. Slightly bitter finish but not unpleasant in the least.Medium to full body and a relaxed carbonation. Amazing Imperial IPA. I may be biased having it straight from the brewery but it was nearly perfect.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: Orange amber w/ a short lived, thin, white head. Alcohol legs on the glass. Initial aroma was grassy and piney, floral/lightly pineapple/grapefruity hops. Similar to Juicy Fruity gum. Not the gum aspect, but the overall character of the aroma. Toasty malt w/ a bit of caramel to help try to back up the hops in the aroma. Yeast seems mostly clean/ lightly fruity from hops! Flavor is well balanced between fruity/citrusy/floral hops and toasty malt. Hop dominant flavor up front and actually throughout, but not overly hoppy due to malt flavor balance to keep it in check. Finish is herbal and medium dry, citrusy, touch grassy and slightly alcoholic in flavor. A lingering persistant bitterness lasts into the aftertaste which is apparently hop flavored. Full bodied, medium carbonation, lightly astringent from hops, but well taken. I like the overall complexity, which seems to come mostly from the hops. Very well made!
A little side note: Iím picking up licorice as it warms. Obviously not from licorice/anise, but the combination of the hops and alcohol.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy with golden color. Aroma of floral hops. Taste of strong citrus hop bite with tons of grapefruit. Biscuit flavor in the finish. Easy drinking and cannot tell it is 9.4%. Was expecting more from this one but it is still very good.
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and slightly cloudy orange color with a thin head. Strong floral hop aroma, light orange and some caramel malt. Most a strong, bitter and acidic taste. Not a lot of hop flavor, more like evidence of a lot of hops. A little floral on the end. Some biscuit and toasted malt. Well balanced, hides the alcohol well. Enjoyable.
adamlangolf (21) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly cloudy goldenrod..hehe. MInimal lacing with a nice staying foam. Smells like itís going to taste great. Subtle pine, citrus and fair smell of alcohol.Drinks with flavors of caramel coated grapefruit and a bitter flavor to overcome the alcohol. Overall a pretty nice but potent brew. More enjoyable then then the 99+ ibu IPAís.
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy orange with a light head. Aroma is piney, citrus, and hops. Taste follows that with a citrus fruit and pine hops flavor. Very enjoyable!
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Thanks Bri. deep golden pour with thin spotty head. big hops, light citrus, pine aroma. fresh. bitter. vey nice balance. sweetness through finish. awesome.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz via trade with BBB63, wow this got a whole lot of ratings quick. Shared with dalekliz and my girlfriend Cyn Pours orange with a bright white head. Nose is fantastic really big hops and pine and citrus. Taste is sweet, and rich with notes of grapefruit, and lots of pine. I like this a lot, this is another big time winner from Founders.
aracauna (3039) - Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is kind of hard to place. Four a double IPA, it really isnít all that hoppy. Thereís no harshness, no resinous hop aroma or flavor, no sticky malt sweetness.
Instead, this smells, tastes, and drinks like a moderately hoppy IPA. The malt is full enough to support the hops, but itís actually a little on the dry side. The hops are black pepper and sweet orange, not the normal huge pine or grapefruit. The bitterness is firm, but not harsh or aggressive. This is just too easy drinking for the style, but I really dig the beer.