OldRuffian (3) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is exactly what I want in a double IPA. The bitterness is off the chain, but balanced well by the maltiness that I think is essential for a good, complex IPA. Iíve never had a better double IPA, though Iíve yet to try that Dogfish 120. the 90 was only exceptional, not perfect.
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear amber with a thick tan head. Aroma is pungent with piney, peppery hops, some sweet amltiness as well. Wow, this is how you do a I2PA! This is a true hop monster, unlike so many Iíve had that have fallen short. Pineyness out the ying-yang, lots of grapefruit and pepper punishing my tongue for daring to take a swig. After the initial hops assault comes the malt ass-kicking, leading into a mouth-puckering dry finish. Like getting flogged with a hop vine. Great stuff!
xdream (16) - Madison, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome! My girlfirend and I split a 22 ounce bomber on a Monday night. It may not have been the wisest thing to do on a work night, but it sure provided for a freaky night in the bed room. If youíre a hop head you have to try this beer.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish amber with a large head. Huge citrus hop aroma and taste. medium bodied and slightly sticky with a nice malt backbone balancing the hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. A well done IIPA.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a nice diminishing head. Smells of oranges. pepper and perfume. Taste is citrussy with a bitter finish.
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Pours clear, orange/amber color. Big, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lacing. Aroma of hops and citrus (grapefruit). Full hoppy, but clean, taste, with bitter finish. High abv is barely tasted, but you sure can feel it after one of these bottles! In sum, this is not a complex beer - just a clean blast of deliciously pure hoppiness!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Springslicker for the bottle. Pours a tarnished orange amber color. Huge fluffy head, nice linger. Pleasant hoppy and biscuity aroma, rather citrusy and somewhat floral. Well balanced mouthfeel, malty fullness checked by the astringency of hops. Citrusy hop nose quickly gives way to a rather sweet malt character. Hops again frame the finish with the aromatic floral compounds returning with a lasting bitterness. Alcohol warmth not immediately evident, lingering tinges though in the finish. My first DIPA not brewed in a West coast style. As such, it was a surprise to my palate.
Hangover (1087) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear amber/red pour with a barely controllable and frothy eggshell head. BIG citrus hop aroma. Taste is pure bliss if you like hops. They come right at you, tingling on the palette and finishing somewhat sticky. Malt holds it together and this one is a strong challenger to my reigning favorite hopped beer the rogue 2IPA. Alcohol is beat down by the hops but be careful this stuff goes down rather easy and packs a wollop!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber: Brownish/reddish amber. Mostly lasting, frothy, off-white head. Nose of grapefruit, slight pine resin, wood, flowers. Caramel, bread, stable malt backbone supports a medium bodied, all out hop onslaught through a crisp, sticky, bitter ending. Quite drinkable for the weight, which was hidden quite well. This must be delicious on draught!
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear amber pour, with a frothy white head, laces well. aroma is sweet resin, citrusy hops. taste is a lot of pine/citrus hops, but balanced some with malt in there. mouthfeel is how a double IPA should be. a very enjoyable double IPA.