egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, tangerine, light grass, caramel, floral hops, toast, and toffee malts. Taste of pine, grapefruit, citrus fruits, light grassy hops, some tropical fruits, sweeter toffee malts, and light alcohol in the finish.
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a rather clear dark golden color with a small slightly lacing white head. Intense aroma of grapefruit and citrus, some slight malty sweetness and bread and then more citrus, very nice aroma. Taste is complex, citrus hops smack you in the face and donít stop until the last sip, some sweet maltiness going on also, but the citrus hop punch is what dominates, finishes warm, dry and slightly boozy. This is a very well done IIPA and I give it high marks for that, but I found myself looking for more of a balance of hop flavors.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold pour with a loose white head that fades to a ring of lace. Lots of zesty lemon, orange, and grapefruit aroma with a balance of sweet honey-like malt and a hint of sour apple. The flavor is quite resiny, and piny, with a a little bit of toasted caramel coming out in the middle and then a big hit of bright, astringent citrus. Medium body with loads of prickly carbonation.
2jayjay2 (10) - Warren, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderfully hoppy addition to the Founders line of ales. Strong hoppy nose which invites an immediate tasting.The color is lighter than most IPAS but packs a wallop of hops with a lingering bitter finish. An excellent imperial IPA.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sharp citrusy aroma,so sharp its almost like someone squirts a grapefruit around your nose,its really an incredible quality,so distinctly citrusy you cant believe this comes from hops,there is a whisper of caramel malt at first sniff,but that got quickly beaten down by those nostril buckeling waves of juicy ,tart acidic citrus,why canít they come up with a perfume that smells like this. Iím so blessed to be a card carrying hophead, with this glass of brew in my hand. And now the taste, ,an amazing lightness to it, canít remember ever tasting such a full body of hops,in a less then then full body beer. Balance,we donít need no stinking balance, nothing but savory hop flavor and tongue twisting hop bitterness smothering the taste buds,that flavor and bitterness lingers as a heavenly coating on the palate. Alcohol is mildly evident but uninteresting in lieu of the Garden of Eden hopping you experience. The only malting I detected was a slight sweet grain taste right after the swallow. All in all,a masterpiece of an Imperial IPA,if you consider an IPA a very hop emphasized pale ale,and therfore an Imperial IPA should be an uber hop emphasized ale, balance be damned, cast the balance advocates to the pale ales and English IPAís. I just canít see how this could be improved. There is no way this spectacular hop fireworks display can hold strong in the bottles as it ages , but for this brief period in these lousy struggling times ,we have some manna from heaven to sustain us
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2010 [fresh bottle rated 2.4.09] Yummy yummy yum yum! Pours a clear golden with a few bubbles and a large foamy sudsy white fluffy froth. Strong citrus hop aroma, fresh clementines/tangerines, grapefruit, similar to Founders Harvest Ale, with a matlier base and a touch of honey. Great flavor! o man its good, just like the aroma the Hop profile follows that of the Harvest ale but with a much richer thicker malt base, still not as malty or sugary as Hopslam though. Lots of fresh orange citrus fruits and a nice sugary grapefruit resin underneath of the huge bright citrus. Great mouthful.. maybe a 5... not as sugary/gritty in the teeth as Hopslam is, a bit smooth, still a full mouthful but not quite viscous. Great new beer! 126.96.36.199.18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[fresh bottle rated 1.12.10] This bottle is following a fresh bottle of Hopslam. Pours a clear glowing bright orange, lighter and brighter than Hopslam, with a fine white sudsy foamy frothy, beautiful. Aroma is is super juicy and grapey, white grapes, touch of orange/tangerine, hint of warming alcohol, touch of pine and grapefruit but light and delicate, malt profile is sharp and sweet but also lighter than Hopslam, touch of biscuit, and honey light caramel, some eraser. Flavor follows, juicy white grapes, hint of citrus, some rubber eraser bitterness/ bubblegum, much more delicate than Hopslam and every bit as potent, the alcohol maybe a bit more noticeable in this beer, the flavor might not have the depth of Hopslam, but it is more delicate and a bit easier drinking. Flavor is similar to the Port High Tide. As it warms a bit Iím getting some wheat and fruity esters to follow.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Just about clear orange in color with a medium large well retaining head, good lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong grapefruit, some pine, mango, and earth. Great, fresh intense hop aroma. Flavor has alot of resinous, fresh hop character- grapefruit and pine, a touch of weed- some light sugary malt sweetness comes through- just enough malt so you arenít drinking hoppy water but skewed to the dry side which I look for in IIPAís. Impressive that they were able to pull this off in a 9.5 ABV beer. The bitterness starts building about halfway through the taste and gets pretty strong in the finish. This is a great IIPA that I will keep buying as long as itís reasonably fresh.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a light straw golden body transparent with a 2 finger white head. Aromatics include a potent pine and citrus hoppy nose. Spicy hop resins, grapefruit in massive quantities and a lightly floral bouquet. Very floral upfront with a moderately spicy hop resin base. Very dry with an earthy finish. Solid beer but the bone dry earthy bitterness is a bit cloying.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Pours a hazy, almost glowing, orange with a scant white head that nonetheless leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is citric hops, with some floral and bubblegum elements. The nose alone makes me very happy. Flavor leads with some sweet gumball elements before hops kicks it, bitter, and then bittersweet on the finish, like lightly honeyed grapefruit pulp. A strong cereal element forms the background, hiding in plain sight among the bigger flavors. Just a touch of a rubbery element on the finish, but the beer is yummy in spite of it. Medium to full body, lovely buzz on the tongue from the hops and alcohol.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. mostly clear bright pale orange witha nice sticky tacky white head and nice spotty lace. Piney and citrusy hops in the aroam- centennial and columbus noticed with a bit of white pine sap. Resinous hoppy pine sap flavor with some pine needles, orange zest citrus, and some minty notes with a very dry thin malty body which allows the raw hop bitterness to shine through. Very nice DIPA.