BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Nice retention and excellent lacework. The aroma exhibits a faint sweetnesss, a little fruity. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, fir, sugar cookies, apricot and toffee. The flavor is very heavy, malty and moderately bitter from start to finish. Well-balanced for an Imperial IPA. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, grassy finish. I like DFH 90, Ruination, and Dreadnaught better, but this is still awesome.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very well done beer and excellent in the style. Pleasing amber/red/rose colors, with some head clinging. Big, beautiful, fresh citrus aroma, grapefruit, pine, vinyl plus some alcohol. Lots of depth to the flavor, with something woody beneath the blend of hop flavors. Good malts, coming through in a palate that is sticky yet retaining a bit of carbonated zing, even after a long warm-up (I canít drink this bottle that fast!) Obviously lots of bitterness, which at times seems perfectly normal and at times intrusive. Though not metallic there are some dry qualities to it and a sense that Iím chewing on some kind of plant root. I had my fill with about 1/3rd of the bottle remaining. Seems only appropriate that I drink this while the Athens 2004 Olympics are on.
pint4pint (4) - USA - AUG 23, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The only opinion that matters is my own, right? Saying that because this one has brought up widely differing opinions in those I know. And after having two of them Iím still trying to decide EXACTLY what I think of it. Found it neither too thin nor far too unbalanced, but that said it lacks the delightful maltyness of Ruination and others. Itís okay that it be creating its own niche, but I think it could be "learned" a little more. And I might find that after having another Iím right back here to make adjustments.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Very nice aroma of fresh Hops(mangos,melons,pineapple ect)with a slightly nutty malt character(think DFH)and much sweetness and some octane.Nice hazy orange color.Nice bitterness to offset the sweetness.This does deserve a spot above the 90 min(it is all around a cleaner more enjoyable IIPA but sometimes the 90 min is better(if you want a fuller IIPA)
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy orange out of the bottle with a quick beige head. Wonderful fresh hop aroma that reminded me of pineapple upside down cake. Big flavor with apple, pineapple and candied grapefruit rind. Lots of candi sugar sweetness with tons of very lively fresh hops. I love beers like this.
thegreenrooster (2971) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very think copper with little or no head. Aroma is of course very hoppy and the flavor is like a Carolina pine forest. Very piney and citrusy. NIce hop overpowering you expect. The swallow is chewy and thick. Lots of good stuff happining here.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy, ruby-copper color. The beer is topped by a creamy tan to amber colored head. The aroma is most strongly of candied citrus fruits, and pine. This is a nice fully hop-flavored beer. I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, pine, and a nectar that is made up of hop Lupulin glands. There is a nice mouth coating bitterness in the finish. The taste reminds me of candied orange peels, but also has notes of sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, heady malts. Overall this beer is quite chewy with a medium bodied character that is derived from the residual malts that help carry and accentuate the hops. This beer finishes with a citrus hop zing that definitely lingers on the palate.
Pours a clear copper color that sits under a foamy, thick tan head. The aroma is redolent of piney hop aromatics. There is a thick mouthfeel to this beer that definitely lingers. The taste is dominated by pine and it is quite bitter in the finish. There are definite notes of candied orange peel, but the flavor is dominated by the pine notes and the intense bitterness in the finish. As my palate adjusts to the harshness in this beast, it gets tastier and more in balance. I canít really taste it, but there is a serious malt backbone here, which helps to carry the over-the-top level of hopping that is in this beer. This tastes quite fresh, but, oddly not nearly as good and balances as when I first had this. I think that this needs a little bit of age on it to mellow out.
presario (4420) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange/amber. Very big head and lacing, long lasting. Subtle enticing aroma. Very malty, too sweet. Almost barleywine-like. Very hoppy dominant flavour and presence.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
kind of a weak label for such a muscular beer, aye? the herc tumbles into a glass opening a toothy head like a parachute, billowing into luxuriant lacy sheets suitable for the honeymoon suite. itís a dirty burnt-orange/ smoldering brown color -- with lots of particulates, like a sunset over mexico city. big sweet aroma, like candied corn husk, a rubbery note of grade school eraser or the sole of a shoe-- with dry-ish pine cones, sweet-ish grapefruit rind and butterscotch hard candy. pretty damn sweet to the taste, and itís not immediately clear that the sweetness emanates entirely from the mango-style malts -- more suggestive of hops that were bathed in an elixir of honey and hummingbird nectar. the hops are waaay punchy, i can taste dried ones, green ones, piney ones, mean ones. the texture is beautiful: creamy and full bodied with just enough carbonation to run over the tongue like velvet. alcohol is apparent, which is good-- that in combination with the known anti-depressant qualities associated with huge doses of hops makes for a nice session, where the bitterness lingers on and on. if a pregnant woman drank this, her baby would smell like hops-- and iíd be way more inclined to volunteer to babysit a kid like that. sure, the herc is as pumped and chisled as a cape buffalo, but the sweetness seems excessive, and the aroma has just a little rubbery funk that knocks a point off the total. thanks to eric tannertavernboys for a grand drink.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer came in a 22 oz. brown bomber with a label that was somewhat plain looking. The beer was poured into my usual goblet, and displayed a reddish orange slightly hazy body with a large, creamy, off white colored head. The aroma was sweet smelling hops with pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, and hay being the prominent smells. The primary taste was highly citric and piney hops that quite strongly dominated the sweet caramel and honey malts. The aftertaste was peppery and warm alcohol. The beer lacks the heft of a typical Double IPA, but still is right in line in terms of the raw hop power.