Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Not very good. Pours an amber body with a thin white head. Typical earhty hops and a big character of malt in this one. A little etoh but its hidden for the most part in the mixture. I just didnt care for this.
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, Falling Rock. My only misstep of the night in terms of tap selection. But I see so few Double IPA’s in Ontario that I have to order them when I am traveling! Looks good - syrupy looking orange with a small white head. Aroma is very malty with an almost artificial sweetness. Taste is really syrupy - hop juice territory except the sweet sticky malt dominates and it tastes really plastic fruity. Odd. The sweetness hid the likely bunch load of hops in here. Pretty disappointing.
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice full citrus hop aroma. Looks nice. The flavor of this beer is only okay. It really seems a bit alcoholic in flavor. This beer actually gave me a bit of a headache. Not good.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy orange/amber with a thin, white head. Earthy nose and not much else. Flavor of cotton candy maltiness and orangey hops balanced by good acidity and bitterness. This is more bitter than most 2X IPAs. This bitterness unfortunately reduces the length of the finish of the hop flavor and malt but it is still good. Another original tasting beer from Full Sail. The problem is, I do not agree with their combination of flavors.
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 7, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2006 Vintage. This is really dissapointing for an imperial/double IPA. Really, where does a barleywine end and an imperial IPA being. It is alcoholic and bitter but there is no hop aroma, it is all malt! If you are going to brew a double IPA it better be like chewing on raw hops or just go ahead and call it an old ale or barleywine. It has an odd combination of bitterness but cloying sweetness at the same time. Rather dissapointing.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Originally reviewed: 5/9/09. Pours a clear dark orange with moderate bubbles rising through. Great frothy white head on top that retains very well. Some spotty lacing, very little though. Smells of pineapple, candy, bananas, and cherry malt. Interesting for a Imp. IPA.
Mouthfeel is firm and crisp. Slight wetness on the back end, but drinkable enough. Now the flavor, this I can’t figure out. It tastes like an Imperial Cherry cough syrup. This is really sweet and cloying. Tons of sweet fruit all over this. Finishes bitter, but the sweetness just overpowers this beer. This is really strange. The hops are there, but this is severely unbalanced. Not sure about this beer. Approach with hesitancy.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasted 12/12/08. 22oz bomber. 2007. Hazy with a golden straw hue. Webbed head. Soggy cardboard nose. I guess there was a little too much age on this one. Look forward to trying a fresh version.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not thrilled with this skunky beer with zero head and sour taste. Judging by the other reviews, looks as though I got a bunk bottle, but this beer tasted like cotton candy meets baking soda on a hot day in the south. BOO!
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
smells like socks and urine. tastes okay, like a typical hoppy IPA, but then the sour bitter aftertaste hits you and leaves you wishing you had a Maharaja instead.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This is the ’09 version.
Aroma- Body Odor? Could be a mix of DMS and an earthy hop aroma.
Appearance- Decent clarity, orange in color. Off-white, creamy head.
Flavor- Wow, it even tastes a little like B.O. up front... off-putting at best. Crazy hop bitterness. Not a lot of sweetness, some tartness, and lots of bitterness. The hops come across as hot and spicy to me. There’s not very much malt to balance this hop bomb.
Palate- Hot! mostly from hop bitterness, but the alcohol is hot also. Pretty dry.
Overall Impression- I’m pretty disapointed. The hop bitterness is humongous and overwhelming. There isn’t a lot of body and no malt flavor to speak of. I’m also not sure why it smells and tastes a little like Body odor.