CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 12oz bottle bottled 3rd week of April, 2006, sampled on 3/31/08: Not sure if this ratingís gonna mean much to anyone, but I aged a bottle of this for close to two years at 38F. Hop aroma has faded, but still has a touch of grapefruity presence and more sweet toasty caramel malt. Body has still maintained a good amount of carbonation and sweet maltiness and the hop flavor still has a lot of bitter resiny character and grapefruit. Not too far removed from the fresh version, apart from the aroma. I tried to stop this from aging as much as possible with the cold storage and I think it worked reasonably well.
2004 Gathering at Tiggmtl: Clear copper with a lacy white head. Aggressive hoppy aroma has a subtle caramel balance. Sweet citrusy and bitter body with some butterscotch caramel malt balance and plenty of grapefruity hops. Hides its alcohol well and has nice balance, but for some reason didnít jump out at me as much as some double IPAs do. Still quite nice.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Festival courtesy of cquiroga. Orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malt, fruit and orange. A full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity, orange and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, citrusy and orange. A very nicely balanced 2x IPA. Lots of flavor stuff going on in here. The bitterness and sweet compare and contrast with every sip. Nice smooth taste. Crisp dry finish. Excellent beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter with a fairly pronounced hop bite. This one is in the top echelon of Imperial IPAs.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Poured a dark copper color with a large off white head and awesome lacing. Strong bubblegum, citrus, and piney hop aroma. Awesome bitter citrus hops drive this brew. While a nice sweet malt balances beautifully, some peach flavors develop, and there is a lingering alcohol taste at the very end.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Festival courtesy of cquiroga! This beer pours a clear amber color with a thick soapy white head. The aroma is overflowing with hoppy pineyness and yet still has a good helping of caramel malts. The taste is much the same, except it gets a little thicker and your tongue gets a good workout. Prickling hops and super thick malts round this beer out into a dry semi-sweet finish. A little alcohol presence in the finish, but really nothing to get to excited over. A very good IIPA, but not the best Iíve ever had either.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Copper hue with creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pine, grapefruit, orange zest, biscuit malts, buttery, floral and light spice, and some phenols. The taste starts with a BIG bitter twang and large citric notes. Malts add some balance and there is a nutty quality underneath. Woody and spicy undertones on the bitter and dry finish. Complex mouthfeel, some bite and warming, crisp. Darn solid and shows some great character, but still a bit unbalanced, may improve with sublime aging. Recommended. Thanks JeffC and MRomero for the bottles.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtlís. Amber/orange colour with a frothy off-white coloured head. Slight caramel aroma quickly overtaken by cascades of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and almost limy aroma. Nicely balanced, with a big sweet malt backbone of cereal and bready flavours followed by a huge piny and grapefruit bitterness plus a light touch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, almost but not quite sticky or syrupy. Thanks again to CaptainCougar for this beauty.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick caramel coted hop cones, pine, resin, and bread in the nose. Thick oily tan head ontop of a bright amber body. Sweet thik nealy syrupy mouthfeel bringing along lots of carmel and vinious malt wich hold up to the spicey pine of the hops. A little alcohol helps round things out from being too cloying. Finnishes bitter on the sides of the tounge fading into bread,
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting hopp aroma, high notes, very intense hard working nose.
Nice, medium bodied, hops were nicely incorporated to whole .Nice sticky hoppy aftertaste. Malt well balances whole design. Big, rich, juicy brew that is drinkable and surprisingly balance for its style.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big tenacious tan head with tons of sticky lace starts it off. Same old clear copper/light amber hue. Same old freakin big ass, piney, fruity, little bit of pencil shavings,hoppy nose with definate malty notes backing them up. Same old full bodied hop monster. Usual overdone PNW hop flavors, piney, citrusy, resiny, oily, lip smacking, sticky, hop sweetness with the obligitory hop drenched malt underpinnings that round out this unoriginal, overhopped excuse of a frankinstinian IPA. Same old dry hop overload of a finish. Well balanced, to the hoppy side of course, YUP! Alcohol is buried by hops but still noticeable after it warms a bit. Just fargin incredible. God i love it! Step aside Dreadnaught theres a new hop monster in town! A BIG thanks to snowtiger for this one, thanks bro!
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
spicy hop smells. very fresh. beautiful clear amber, with a slight head that dimishes to a ring around the glass and laces it ever so slightly. it looks like expensive honey. this beer titilates the tongue with an initial sting of exploding bubbles which give way to a warm and gentle flow of sweet, malty nectar. upon the instance of swallowing, the mouth is left with a dry and prominent reminder of hops while the gentle burn of the esophagus soothes thy soul and aides thine appreciation. a well balanced beer such as this may inspire those wary of IPAsand quench the thirst of men who place the importance of hops above all other ingredients.