aussie12 (14) - rochester, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great hop flavor, definitely not for the kolsch or cream ale lovers out there. I liked it at about 50 degrees, seemed to get the max aroma and flavor balance. Good stuff, not to mention the 9.1% weight, pow!
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours almost orange, with a big white head. Aroma is very hoppy, Notes of pine and grapefruit. Taste is sweet malty, and hoppy. Lovely hoppy bitter aftertaste.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very hoppy! Lots of pine, lychee citrus. Lots of floral hops in the aroma dn the flavour. It is quite sweet, and leans way towards the hops, but this seems to be more balanced than other Double IPAís iíve had. Lots of flavour, beautiful stuff.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 draft @ redlight redlight 2nd rating. Strong piney resinous aroma, with bitter grapefruit peel Pours orange amber with a solid white head. Strong pine flavors upfront, with toffee and caramel malts following, with citrusy hops finishing it out. Bitter with a strong sweet background, for a double ipa it is pretty balanced! excellent beer.
Fresh hop aroma, a little spiciness, a little sweetness. Poured amber orange. Very well balanced it has great hop character and still a big malt beer lives in there somewhere too. Great beer.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pretty, amber body with an off-white head. My first reaction was uh oh, too sweet. Then the hops hit providing great balance and departing with a slightly bitter aftertaste. 85 IBUís, it needed all of them. I drank this slowly, it put sweat on my forehead. This allowed me to admire the sip lines, many of them, to the bottom of the glass. Subsequent swallows let me identify the heavy malt, almost nut-like, character of the sweetness. This is big stuff, the name does it justice. This is a session beer, one 22 ounce bottle lasted an hour. I was full, I was satisfied.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium to light amber with a nice tight sticky head that lasts through the whole beer. Aroma is loaded with citrus and piney hops, along with some pine and a good slightly sweet malt backbone. Flavor is dominated by hops, and balanced very nicely with malt. Alcohol is pretty much non-existant as far as perception. Mouthfeel and finish were exceptionaly smooth.
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An extremely enjoyable beer. A wave of citrus-y acidic bitterness washes over my mouth with the first sip, but itís not overpowering...very smooth. The thing that really sets this IPA apart is a superior mouthfeel...for a double IPA this is an extremely drinkable beer. One of my favorites
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 Odd...the original post wasnít mine...
Anyways, the hops deliver a stinging, citric burst, a very intense initial taste. The hops quickly fade against a solid backdrop of tangy caramel and bread. Hoppiness seems low for a double IPA, and the same goes for an trace of alcohol flavor. A fairly weak Hercules.
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color with a short to medium white head. Smells light lively with a hint of fruit. Medium body and texture, lively carbonation with a metallic alcohol finish. Sweet, bitter with a sultle pine flavor.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an amber color with a medium white head. Aroma was pine trees and citrus. Flavor followed suit with a heavy kick of piney and citrus hops and some sweet malt with a nice alcohol finish.. Medium to thick mouthfeel with good carbonation.