JK (5608) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The dominant aroma is herbal. There are light citrus notes as well. A great looking beer. Dark orange and slightly cloudy, with a large and creamy white head; it looks as if it could have come from a cask. The flavor is predominately floral/herbal, with only a little citrus flavor. A very bitter beer. Heavy, creamy palate.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bomber: Pours a nice deep copper color with a large slightly rocky white head that is mostly sustaining. Decent Lacing. Aromas of huge hops, floral and fruity, just what you would expect from a big IPA. Flavor was sweet fruit hops at first, but quickly became very bitter on top of the sweetness. Drying mouthfeel.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick copper in the glass with a tall bubbly head. I could tell deom the scent this would be a fantastic IPA even though Iím not really an IPA fan. Lots of complexities in the nose. Citrus, pine, floral, bitter fruit. The taste was so full bodied. So many flavors. Bitter, yet very sweet, like pink grapefruit instead of yellow if you were to compare this with other IPAís. I highly recommend it.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear reddish copper color with a thick, creamy, lasting white head. Strong and appealing aroma of citrusy hops. Excellent flavor of typical west coast citrusy hops with carame. The finish is bitter, strong and lasting. The palate is medium and creamy and the carbonation is soft. Excellent, after having the Titan IPA I was looking forward to try this one and itís definitely not a let down, now I look forward to try Great Divideís other beers !
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Grapefruit presense, very nicely done sweet tea undertone. Huge head out of the bottle. Deserves every bit of its ranking and more. I enjoyed this one very much.
DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Unbelievable aroma - perfect hop profile. Delicious hops in the taste - fresh, fruity and slightly sweet to begin, dry, firm, bitter and crisp to finish. Long aftertaste, which suits me just fine. Almost perfect - I could drink this all day.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club alongside Dreadnaught, 90 Minute, and a few other impressive IPAs. Thereís quite of bit of blue spruce and citrus on the nose that come across strongly on the palate. I found the palate to be a bit thinner than I had expected, not thick and rich as some here have described. Thereís some subtle notes of honey, candied ginger, and hazelnut. A solid IIPA, but not as well balanced as some others. Perhaps some time in the cellar will help it out.
beermanjoey (11) - USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
You want to get you juice on while drinking a really flavorful brew ... this is the beer for that. Wow!! You donít even taste the 9.1% until it is too late. Nice hop bomb.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice thick, chewy, greasy, hoppy beast of an ale. Itís what you expect from a highly rated imperial IPA. Itís got a monster aroma the instant itís opened, and the flavor doesnít dissapoint. Even with all the hops there is still a nice amount of sweet malt flavor to keep it very drinkable.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in Keystone Colorado. Obtained from a liquor store in Dillon/Silverthorne. Appearance is deep rust / orange colour, clear with little or no apparent carbonation. Head is thick and sustained in the glass. Aroma has elements of spicy and floral hoppiness, as well as a cheesecake like sweetness. Very rich aroma. Flavour is well balanced for a Double IPA.