drjay44 (3269) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. 2009. Pours a nice white head of good duration, over a dark golden (SRM 15) clear body.....nose very heavy with citrus, some pine, bit of toffee....taste is mild toffee malts to start, then heavy grapefruit, mild pine bitterness....mouth feel is medium, carbonation medium. This is a pleasant somewhat higher hopped IPA. It is more flavor and odor than the typical IPA, but bitterness is not really increased by as much. ABV is kind of low. This is a good, but not great Imperial/Double.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brewmsters Reserve 2009
Poured light copper with a medium o/w head.
Aroma is peppery herbal hop, some citrus and a medium caramel sweetness. Flavour is strong buy not very sweet malt, some burnt sugar tones and an earthy bitterness. Some lingering pith like less pleasant bitterness in the finish.
chumba526 (6) - Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a bit lighter than most Imperial IPAs. The smell wasn’t memorable or unique by any sorts: just smelt like hops; nothing wrong with that though! It tasted similar to how it smelt: it had a significant hop taste; the hops tasted bitter but didn’t really have a grassy or herbal taste to them but it did have a earthy citrus taste. There was very little presence of malts making the beer very light and smooth: it is easy to drink. It is a good summer imperial IPA. It also is different than most imperial IPAs, which is a plus
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of THE douglas88, thanks again. The pour is clear copper with orange hues and micro thin off white head. The modest aroma has rich malt sweetness, pine hops, earthiness, floral hops and grapefruit hops. Overall the aroma is a bit timid in strength but does manage to deliver a nice array of aromatics. The taste is full and rich with solid grapefruit, pine, earthy, spicy and floral hops. Most hop variety notes seem to be accounted for here. I get a nice load of malt sweetness holding up the hops and allowing the whole thing to ride into the finish with a thin slick layer of lingering malt sweetness as well as fading hop bitterness.
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I dont like IPAs so this probably wont be a good rating
Pours with a clear amber hue, with no head
Aroma is hoppy and weird
Flavor is bitter all the way through and hoppy as hell!
Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. pours with a bone colored head over a clear copper or bronze body. Aroma is dank, fruity, and orange hops with a slightly herbal and caramel back note. Taste is cleanly hop bitterness with light esters, caramel and herbal/pine C-hop notes.. Medium carbonation with a dryish mouthfeel.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. Pours a orange with a average white head . Aroma is lacking here mild floral maybe pine, lemon.skunky.Taste is bitter with no malt to back it up. its not balanced. And its not for hopheads.Not a imperial ipa.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Balance is something this beer is lacking. There is too much bitter, not enough malt. It feels like it was just thrown together. It’s not a bad beer, but I had higher expectations.
SudsMcDuff (7730) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium caramel colour .. . medium average head .. . mouthfeel is pure, fantastic stuff, squeaky clean .. . pretty hopped up ... is there anyone here who didn’t think she was talking about a goat??
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh hop aroma. Grapefruit, floral hops. Orange body with an average white head. The bitterness is high on this, and makes it a bit harsh on the palate. Needs some more malt backing to balance it out. Dry finish. Nothing special here, but somewhat interesting in its uniqueness.