ClarkVV (3892) - 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.
OldGrowth (2613) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, trade with 123456green, Real good nose. Pineapple. orange,grapefruit, rubberbands, yes I mean rubber bands, like a whole new box of them, caramel/toffee. Hazy brownish orange color. Small headthat faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Alot like the aromas, more emphasis on the grapefruit. Kinda tinny. Medium bodied,lite creamy mouthfeel, bitterness that lingers, burnt/citrusy. Nicely done Hop juice.
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing double IPA, very fresh aroma loaded with hoppy goodness. Reminds me of that summer I got my motorbike and the fresh smelling hoppy beer I had then.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellant IPA that hopheads will enjoy. i found it crisp and somehow "balanced". It has a clean finish, well worth the 22oz. price
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an orange amber color, which by the way is very similar to the preceding beer I tasted, the dogfish head aprihop. Description says not for the faint of heart, well, Iím not faint of heart so in I go....Aroma citrus, and earthy malt with a very subtle spiciness. Initial sharp citrus hoppy flavor immediately countered by a smooth malty middle, followed by a very nice bittersweet and lingering finish. Very rich and full with a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is hidden very well. As this gem warms, these attributes are accentuated and even further improved. I find this to be an excellent IIPA, very satisfying in almost every respect. Readily available here in Cleveland and much cheaper than Dreadnaught. This one will be on the regular rotation when an IIPA is in order. Excellent
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh yeah this is a bomber! Nice strong aroma of hops and citrus, just the way i like it. Tiny pieces of sediment seen in reddish orange colored beer, perfect half-inch head. Sticky residue left behind. Flavor is of hops, citrus tang, and some wood and earth. My kind of beer and the rating proves it. Thanx to Kaggie97 for tracking this down for me.
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle provided by Eyedrinkale (thanks!). Poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Aromas and tastes of citrus and malts. Figs and lightly spiced. Malty sweet with lighter bitter balance.
PorterPounder (5360) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 <b>Rerate</b> Just a bit more hop juiciness this time around. <i> Original 4</i> 22 oz Bomber - Whip in Liquors - Austin, Tx. Pours a medium copper color with a frothy thick white head with sticky lacing. Enticing floral-like aroma with strong citrusy notes. Well done citrusy hoppiness with a solid malty backed end to hold it up. Lots of malty nuttiness to balance it out with some caramel on the side. Mouthfeel is thick and lovely, does not pucker your tongue like many Double IPAs - well balanced. Excellent IPA.
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hop aromas emerge before I even pour the beer. Beautiful copper color. Lines of small bubbles march slowly to a perfect one-inch off-white lumpy head. Aside from the expected grapefruit and pineapple, the perfumey nose also reveals lime jello, grape, marigold, allspice, and sweat. Ryebread smells lurk behind the curtain of hops. Flavor is nicely spicy and bittersweet, peppery, slightly jammy, and breadcrust malt. Fruity, but far less than I expected. Broad earthy bitter and citric aftertaste. Leather-and-lace mouthfeel of silky malt and electric carbonation buzz. Matches the buzz in my head. Hell, yeah!
haddon90 (1435) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased this 22 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Nice clear copper pour with a lovely off-white head. Citrusy, strong hops aroma. Quite enjoyable actually. Citrusy, fruit taste. Smooth, and the alcohol is not overppowering at all. Not sweet or bitter. Very delightful. A great beer!