OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle - Pours a beautiful copper copper transparent color with an offwhite rocky head as big as the mountain on the bottle. The head lingers and laces all the way down the glass. Beautiful. Probably the best looking IIPA Iíve seen yet. Aroma is grapefruit, pine cones and sunkist oranges. The flavor is some good sweet orangelike citrus flavors upfront backed up and blended quite well with some nice caramel malts which quickly and crisply end with a nice bitter smack in the face to finish off each sip. This one is good. On the palate this is quite heavy for a beer of this color. It coats the mouth quite well yet finishes fairly crisp and clean. Amazingly drinkable and the alcohol is almost undected. Very well done..
Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Coppercoloured with a good lasting head. Aroma is dominated of lime, grapefruit, pine needles and orange rind. In the mouth this beer is massive. The citrus flavours explode and blends with caramel flavours. Massive bitterness and an alcoholic snap finishes off. Who said thereís a difference between beauty and bitterness????
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Deep orange colour with a thick white head. Big earthy spicy hop aroma, a touch resinous. Pale malt aroma with just a touch of crystal (good). Loads of resiny, citrusy and spicy hop flavour in this one. Very well-balanced brew. Reminds me of Phillips Amnesiac. Highly and dangerously drinkable.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the most deceptive double IPAís Iíve ever encountered. Nice round malt, gives backbone but backs down and letís the hops have a word. The Aroma is typical of all good big IPAís. the bittering hops react in a weird way with the malt. They arenít quite together, but at the same time they donít cause any friction. I was expecting something a little different, but the dance ends with a suprisingly smooth IPA. Both myself and others tasting missed the abv. %
We placed it around 8%; very nicely intergrated.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Deep amber orange pour with nice off-white head. Intense grapefruit and other citrus aroma. Huge sweet malty mouth balanced well with a huge mouthful of hops. Strong bitter finish. A very very welldone IIPA.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber colour with a dense tan head. Hoppy aroma with a pineapple fruity sweetness. Massive hoppy bitter taste with a light fruityness. Light malty buttery and a smooth mouthfeel. Long dry finish.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Dark amber, thick, creamy off-white head. Incredibly fruity nose with hints of....pineapple! Beautiful hoppy aroma with lots of fruity esters - again. An underlying sweetness almost drowned by an extreme bitterness, but also an extreme experience. 310505
KUEric (946) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Bottle: Pours a deep amber/orange color and it has a thick foamy head. The head honestly looked like it belonged on a stout, I was impressed. The aroma was like ceral to me, maybe a little floral, fruity, malt scents as well. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The flavor is a complex malty, fruity, with a slightly bitter finish. I felt it could have been a touch mmore complex and although some mentioned hops, I thought it was a little more malty/sweet than hoppy. Also almost no carbination, which I think if you go heavy on the malts you should have to strengthen the beer.
While I feel the beer is a little one demensional it does grow as drank. The initial taste is thin, the middle is a little stronger and the finish leaves with something to remember.
As I finish the beer, I really do feel like I can taste some of the nutty undertones, and really like that.
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 I donít really have much to say about this other than it was a really really good double IPA. Maybe one of the best Iíve had. But everything is pretty similar to all of them. rerate. Super Piney hops in aroma and flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Could rival Dreadnaught. Awesome hopheads and quite affordable.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pale, lightly hazy orangey copper with a frithy 1/2 inch ivory head. Leaves sheets of lace. Smells strongly of grapefruit and tangerine. Some peach and mandarin orange. Not a bitter or biting hops aroma but very sweet citrus.
Tastes tangy and bitter. A sweet citrus offset and intermingles with a biting bitterness. Tangerine very evident as well as grapefruit, orange rind and light peach. Mouth is lightly sticky and has a long biter hoppy aftertaste. You can lick the alpha acids off your teeth. Very tasty...I Like it!!!