BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RBSG 04’ Grand Tasting
Aroma of pine and cat piss with dry caramel. The flavor is sweet, light bitterness & jolly rancher watermelon. Finishes well-rounded, horrible aroma that really turned me off to this one.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
deep golden, orangeish color, with an eggshell white head..not thick, but lasting. aroma is quite strong on the piney hops, floral and herbal qualities, and lots of buttery toffee, and a moderate amount of perspiration. The flavor is essentially the same only with the alcohol being slightly detectable. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Damn well-balanced. This beer truly gives the Dreadnaught a run for its money.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Burnt orange pour raising a big bubbled white head. Huge grapefruit nose. Another hop monster. fairly well balanced but still definitely all about bucklling your tongue. Abv is hidden pretty well making this a really enjoyable beer. Thanks to jcalabre for getting me the bottle!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Bottle: About the same as the old rating, rating is up 0.2. RBSG 2004: Orangy red with a small white head. Big grapefruit, pine, spruce and orange aroma, starts off pretty bitter and get more bitter from there. Chewy mouthfeel with a long aftertaste.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle: Full off-white ‘holey’ head – intriguing lace. Beautiful & enticing caramel pine-hop aroma, so soft it puts the mind into a dream trace…clear bronze. Deep pine flaovurs – sticky sap, gooey caramel & sweet resin with a long hop flower bite in the finish. Amazing – this really is a session double IPA? Creamy & smooth palate. The finish is a mix of great bitterness & herbal qualities…what a beer!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BIG peach smell as it warms. Also the requisite hop aromas--the resin seems to predominate over the grapefruit. Wierd there. Sweet and biscuity malts. Peach and grapfruit fight to the finish in a soft, sloshing fuzzy-full mouthfeel. Woo. This is very interesting. Finishes a tad too bitter for me, but SEE! SEE! Not all hoppy beers disgust me. Ma, look--I like an IIPA! The last beer of the NJ gathering, I drank this in the car and savored it before taking a little nap and heading home. Thanks Mike!
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich copper. Caked-on dusty-white spackled foam. Rounded citrus scents intertwined with pine sap and peach. Hints of fir, hop leaves, and jellied/lightly toasted malts. Plush and sappy on the palate with thick, creamy bubbles. Hops unleash their intense spiciness with tongue-numbing hop resin chased by a softening peach flavor. Plush pine coats the palate and yields an abundance of raw cane sugar, which beautifully highlights the rounder citrusy hop nuances. Well-structured toasted malt anchor. Pine and raw cane sugar continue with their brashness and become fatiguing by the end of the first glass. Finishes medicinal and oversweet, yet packed with enough juicy hops, toasted malt, and sweet graham to briefly allow the softer hop elements to come through. Jellied malts and citrus notes linger before an ensuing, albeit restrained, mixture of piney/citrusy hop belches. Overall a very nice mouthfeel and enough interesting hop flavors to keep your attention, but the alcohol and sugary sweetness are distracting. Another Double IPA which is muddled, due to the full assortment of hops used. Still I’d gladly buy it again to satiate a massive hop fix.
ross (2042) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
damn, believe what people say, this is a great iipa. it doesnt stand a chance when compared to dreadnaut, but not many do stand that chance. poured dark red color with a small head. taste is very bitter hop oil, pine and grapefruit. what makes this a really good iipa is the massive amount of malts that make it balanced and not so much just a hop attack. smell is similar to the taste. a very good iipa. thanks for this one over and over again brian.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber color with a beige head. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma. Flavor is almost all hops, with just enough malt to give it a little balance. Finish is very long and bitter.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Monster hoppy nose. I mean, the aromas just ERUPT out of this like a Hop Mushroom cloud. Lots of pine tar and grapefruit along with some crystal malt. The body was outstanding too. Big hoppy/ oily resin throughout, along with a rather large amount of malty sweetness. Long oily finish with undertones of wood and pine. My only beef is that it was just ever so sweet or malty, but the hop profile is world class.