regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a hazy golden-orange with a large head which dissapated into a lining of white foam. Lacing was nice and lasting. Nose was citrus - especially orange, as well as biscuity honey malt background. Taste was a very nice blend of hop bitterness and caramel sweetness with some piney, grassy and alcohol notes. Finish was crisp and clean and slightly (but pleasantly) bitter. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. This was a very refreshing brew for a warm day and one I wish I had more access to.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Falling Rock: Beer pours orange in color with a well retained off white head. Aroma is earthy, piney and grassy. Flavor is heavy hops and earthy malt. Nice.
Orion1800 (51) - Piedmont, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this was a full bodied brew that doesn’t lead you to belive it’s a strong IPA. Huge malts are balanced with grapefruity/oily hops. Very little aroma, but good paate and bitter but clean finish.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 vintage, 22 oz. bomber bottle, sampled in a tulip glass.
Poured a foggy orangey copper with an tight, compact off-white head of creamy foam, small amount of laced sticking.
Pungent floral and citric hop aromas, almost barley wine-like, grapefruit oils and rind, pine resins and candied tropical fruits. In the background is a sweet maltiness, pale sugary and toffee.
The candied tropical fruits come to forefront in the taste, followed by hop flavors of grapefruit peel and rind, along with herbal leafiness and earthy spice. The sweet sappiness of hops also coats the tongue with a tingling soft numbness. The malts stay underneath the hops, providing a sweet backbone of toasted toffee and ferment sugar. The alcohol is barely noticeable, just a spicy and sappy low grade warmth in the palate. Moderate bodied with the right amount of prickly firm carbonation, this DIPA has a nice rounded feel in the mouth, making this quite easy to consume.
Another top notch brew from Full Sail, a solid and dependable brewery.
spikester (602) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Imperial IPA. From 2008 batch. Pours a clear amber with a two-finger off-white head. Nice amount of lacings.
Nice citrus and hop nose. Grapefruit flavor with a nice caramel malt cushion. Perfect carbonation and the flavor becomes smoother as the bubbles lessen and the liquid warms. I tasted this brew so young so I could determine if I wanted to buy some more for the cellar. I will do so. Well recommended.
TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Parkway. Clear amber pour with a short white head leaving a moderate lace. Orange nose, medium heavy body with a toasty malt sweetness. Strong bitter citrus hop middle and finish, ending with a more resinous hop flavor. Medium, fine carbonation. If you like IPAs and want an IIPA with all the hoppiness of an IPA, then you’ll like this FS offering.
boFNjackson (4004) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Number 300! Bottle... Amber color with a thin head. Aroma of leafy hops and sweet alcohol. Expanding, chewy palate and actually mellow hops in the flavor, but the malt is really pleasant and there’s a nice warming alcohol aspect. Other notes of chalky biscuits and spicy herbs to top it all off. The aftertaste has a whisky-esq character.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tasty west coast style. The aroma was slightly malty with awesome hop notes. The beer poured a beautiful light copper color with thn lasting head and lacing. The flavor was rich with hints of caramel and pine, grapefruits, citrus, and light cloves. The mouthfeel was light bodied with great carbonation.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Recieved in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks a lot Russ! Slipknot pours a moderately hazy deep intense golden. A ruddy two fingers worth of ecru head grew on the pour and had good staying power. Leaves thick lines of lace down the glass with each sip. The carbonation bubbles are on the larger side and crep to the surface.
When I first poured this beer for some odd reason all I could think about was banana bread when I stuck my nose in the glass. After some warming and quiet reflection it turns into a brown sugar laden grapefruit hoppiness. A drizling of caramel sets the malt backbone. The grapefruit is amazingly fresh and in your face. A really good smelling IPA.
The flavor is a little toned down but follows the nose pretty closely. Brown sugar coated grapefruit abounds with a drizzling of caramel. A slight toffeeness is floating around in there as well. There’s a solid amount of maltiness in here but it’s very well done.
The body is moderate with a somewhat creamy somewhat airy/light mouthfeel. The carbonation helps the body keep moving and there’s a nice bitterness that grows with each sip.
Good drinkable IPA. While this is labeled as a double it toes the line. Which actually helps the drinkability considering the lower abv compared to many others.
A good IIPA from the guys at Full Sail and their Brewmasters Reserve series. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this up if released in my area. A flavorful IIPA that’s a pleasure to put away. Thanks Russ.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color; medium sized creamy head. Nice malt and hop aroma, balanced. Caramel flavor, and malt, strong and quite sweet, with toffee and an impression of liquorice; strong bitterness; now the hop carries evident resins. The final is powerful yet balanced. Maybe it lost in hop freshness, but there is good balance in this (bold) brew.
Unfortunately, another bottle that I spoiled, keeping it too long (since Oct ’09), waiting to share it...