HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Pretty much the best DIPA made today-especially at a reasonable price. Nice aroma-good malt presence and nice level of bitterness. I will be buying much more of this wonderful stuff.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber-orange in color with a good size off-white to slightly orange head. Great aromas of citrusy, floral hops and some pine. Flavor is so well balanced between the malt and the hops, maybe just ever so slightly on the thin side for the malt. Well carbonated. Hop bitterness goes all the way through the aftertaste. One of the better Imperial IPAs Iíve tried. Iím going back for more of this one!
kane (111) - USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reddish tinge to med amber color. Mellow crisp orange citrus with a pine undertone arome. Pleasantly bitter taste. Smoothe mouthfeel and a desirable peach like taste and smoothness) very much like Bellís 2-Heart). I like this the more I try it.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is citrus, hops, pine, and alcohol sweetness. Taste is nice and hoppy, smooth, with nice earthy taste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. A very tasty IIPA that doesnít show much alcohol.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Hazy deep orange amber with a tiny light tan head. Aroma: all hops, grapefruit, orange, sweet pine, floral, sweet grapefruit zest. Taste: hops are again showcased in the flavor. Thereís grapefruit, pine, floral hops, grass, with a sweetness to balance the hops (though no malt notes come through). Medium bodied, slick. Finishes with oily, bitter hops on the tongue.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great IPA. This tastes like 1/2 dreadnaught and 1/2 Alesmith. Great piney hops with a laquer finish. This beer warms nice so take it slow.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this stuff is just great. Ive had this bottle for a little while and was saving it to drink with someone else but man I wish that I would have done this all alone instead of with another person. This stuff is just great, really. Amber copper in colour with a big medium lasting offwhite head that is thick and full. The nose is sharp with hops and malts warm and fufilling. The taste is very malty right off the bat, warm and smoothe but then there is copper and wow hops but not the kick you in the back of the head hops like in the dreadnaught. This thing is very easy to drink and is just great. Body is full but not thick. Check this thing out if you can.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark amber color with a big foamy light tan head. Lots of hops in the nose with spice and a floral element. Sweet, bitter, full bodied and robust with enough malts to balance the intense hops. Not overwhelming but a big big and enjoyable double IPA.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap FRTH 6/2004. Huge stinging hop aroma. Big and malty with a substantial hop flavor. Exotically fruity, mango and apricot. Good, but not insanely so. Bitterness is moderate and well balanced. Will satisfy a hop craving.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a bright amber-red color with a creamy and lasting yellow flecked off-white head. Aroma is full of citrus, pine and tons of caramel and honey. Flavor is bitter but yet balanced well. Hops do not kill, they just injure you. But the body is full, with plenty of malt backbone. Finishes very citrusy, with light spice from the hops. I want to get excited about another well-made beer from Great Divide, but there is something I just canít seem to get passed about this brewery. Most of their big beers, and the lower gravity ones Iíve had, are all tremendously well-made but they seem to lack any real house character. The Great Divide Imperial Stout is about as close to the Generic American Imperial Stout as I can think. This one is another perfectly by-the-book creation. And that is certainly wonderful, but I need something more to get excited about. Or could it be that great divide seems to hop on the bandwagon a little too late, after Iím already bored with the style? Iíd like to think I can be more objective than that, but who knows.
Draught. 2005 and onwards
Still hoppy and assertive but these first bottles were startingly dry and clean, with less yeastiness than I remember. Itís like they didnt change their yeast enough on subsequent batches (I cant back that up, thatís pretty irresponsible criticism). But regardless, it just seems a little bit sourish, and with too much toasted malt apparency on draught. Lots of flavor and aroma hops, but tons of acidity and fatigue as well. Current score is an average of my sentiments between bottle and draught.