Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Courtesy of Daalamar): Poured an hazy light amber color ale with a huge slight off-white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of deep citrusy and grapefruit hops. Taste is unsurprisingly bitter with some nice touch of citrus and grapefruit with a strong caramel malt presence. A bit too overpowered on hops for my own personal liking but I still appreciated the craftsmanship.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bomber. Pours a deep golden orange with a thick white head. Potent floral hops in the nose. Flavor follows with a thick malt body and a huge bitter finish. This is a big well-balanced IPA and an excellent one at that.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Rich golden/orange color almost completely opaque. Moderate head with heavy lacing.
Aroma: Hoppy, creamy, sweet. Touch of pine.
Flavor Profile: Big crisp hop profile, yet finishes smooth and creamy. A little toffee and apple sweetness with a hint of apple. Did I mention big hops?
Palate: While it packs a big angry hop punch, it still maintains a nice rich creamy smoothness to the somewhat wet finish. Leaves a little sticky mouthfeel but it matches with the beer very well. Very drinkable.
Overall: An excellent double IPA. Big hop, big alcohol, big taste that goes down easy.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful appearance. i was amazed by the rocky head and orange color. the aroma was not too strong but im incapacitated of the smelling sense. only thing i can complain of in the flavor is not enough emphasis on a variety of flavors. although the hops is more than enough
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pleasent mix of pine and grapefruit greet the nose. The pour is a clear golden with a huge frothy white head. Lacing is considerable and head duration is fully lasting. While there is an initial slight sweetness the dominance of the hops comes through quickly, finishing with a grapefruit taste. The finish is refreshingly crisp and clean building ever so slightly on the palate before disappearing.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pored a deep amber wth a nice thick white head and sticky lacing.
The smell is a bit mineraly and hugely hopped. I cant detect an ounce of malt. Itís almost a bit skunky in the smell, kind of like a wet dog.
The taste is ripped with hopps; just the way I like it. Slower malts only reflect in a subtly sweet taste that lingers slowly on the tongue.
Most definately a hop headís dream beer. I am a huge hop head, and except for the over ripe nose, this beer is damn good.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle poured a slightly hazy medium amber-orange colored beverage with an average creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting and left excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex with the emphasis on hops. There was a moderately heavy presence of floral, grass and citrus notes from the hops with a subtle oak cask note and light malt in the background. The body was quite full with a dry creamy texture and lively carbonation. The long finish had a moderate astringent and alcohol feel. The flavor started off moderately sweet and the finish was lightly acidic and bitter. This was very nice.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of sour rasins. Pours with a medium head and is a slightly foggy darkish amber. Tastes of alchohol and hops and candy. Very good, but I feel its overrated. The aftertaste is like smoke and sticks to your mouth too long.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is indeed a strong imperial IPA, some others mess around with too much maltiness...but this one really makes me think IPA. Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a thick frothy head with excellant retention. The aroma is piney/grassy and full of citrus...very floral overall and not much else coming from under that strong hop aroma. The flavor gives youa litlle bit of sweet caramel malt, but not too much...just enough to acknowledge a presence...the dominant flavor is a grapefruit and pine hoppiness with some alcohol. The flavors seem to balance out between hops and malt as the beer warms but the hops are still dominant. Thereís a sharp bite in the beginning, then itís malty, sticky, and almost velvety over the tounge which is cut off with another sharp bitter bite torwards the end and lasts through in a long bitter aftertaste. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the finish, at little much..but not enough to turn me off. Pretty good stuff, though it seems at times like this beer was one step too close to being too much overall...still damn good. I imagine this stuff is awesome during the warmer months.
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really malty beer. Halfway between a barley wine and an IIPA. Some molasses and maple flavors up front in a very sweet malt profile. Plum and green apple. Good amount of hops, mostly exterting themselves in a pine flavor. Also a good bit of bitterness, but really controlled by the malt sweetness. This beer compares best to Bigfoot and Old Horizontal. Not quite what I expect from a double IPA, but still a good beer.