gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I LOVE this. Bricks of beautiful herb in the aroma and flavor. It brings back memories of the ganja trade. Drizzle that bric-a-funk with malt syrup, and put it under a bell jar on a hot tin roof -- suck the condensation!!! This is like taking something as fresh as a crate of Hawaiian pineapples, 6 Mexican limes; puree and let sit in a china cap on a warm shelf for a coupla days. Watch it drip-drip into your cup. Spicee!!
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite hoppy with grapefruit potency. Head ephemeral and light with light lacing. Slightly cloudy. Malts are mellow and blend well with the hops. Full bodied malts and decent flavor but I can’t get past the hops. Not impressed.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, foggy amber with a fluffy white head. Typical IPA aroma, piney, floral citrus with a touch of malt. Flavors are intense...pine tar, resin, and citrus. The malt is powerful with an almost explosive caramel like sweetness. I believe a little too sweet but good. The finish is pleasantly floral and bitter. The body is huge and smooth. Great beer.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy crap! Hoppier than a rabbit hutch, yet maintains a malty pseudo-Scottish smooth clover palate underneath it all. Pours beautiful amber-brown with an admirable white head. Two of us had to split the bottle due to intensity, but it is worth trying again.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In the corner of a room, the lights low, VU playing on the stereo, everyone else asleep. Creamy and spicy and straight to the heart. Orange glow off the desk lamp, bouncing up off the lip of the tulip glass. Lou softly sings....stephanie saaaayyysss.....
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Pretty much the best DIPA made today-especially at a reasonable price. Nice aroma-good malt presence and nice level of bitterness. I will be buying much more of this wonderful stuff.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber-orange in color with a good size off-white to slightly orange head. Great aromas of citrusy, floral hops and some pine. Flavor is so well balanced between the malt and the hops, maybe just ever so slightly on the thin side for the malt. Well carbonated. Hop bitterness goes all the way through the aftertaste. One of the better Imperial IPAs I’ve tried. I’m going back for more of this one!
kane (111) - USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reddish tinge to med amber color. Mellow crisp orange citrus with a pine undertone arome. Pleasantly bitter taste. Smoothe mouthfeel and a desirable peach like taste and smoothness) very much like Bell’s 2-Heart). I like this the more I try it.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is citrus, hops, pine, and alcohol sweetness. Taste is nice and hoppy, smooth, with nice earthy taste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. A very tasty IIPA that doesn’t show much alcohol.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Hazy deep orange amber with a tiny light tan head. Aroma: all hops, grapefruit, orange, sweet pine, floral, sweet grapefruit zest. Taste: hops are again showcased in the flavor. There’s grapefruit, pine, floral hops, grass, with a sweetness to balance the hops (though no malt notes come through). Medium bodied, slick. Finishes with oily, bitter hops on the tongue.