maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hop aromas emerge before I even pour the beer. Beautiful copper color. Lines of small bubbles march slowly to a perfect one-inch off-white lumpy head. Aside from the expected grapefruit and pineapple, the perfumey nose also reveals lime jello, grape, marigold, allspice, and sweat. Ryebread smells lurk behind the curtain of hops. Flavor is nicely spicy and bittersweet, peppery, slightly jammy, and breadcrust malt. Fruity, but far less than I expected. Broad earthy bitter and citric aftertaste. Leather-and-lace mouthfeel of silky malt and electric carbonation buzz. Matches the buzz in my head. Hell, yeah!
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased this 22 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Nice clear copper pour with a lovely off-white head. Citrusy, strong hops aroma. Quite enjoyable actually. Citrusy, fruit taste. Smooth, and the alcohol is not overppowering at all. Not sweet or bitter. Very delightful. A great beer!
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Re-Rate: 6/1/07: Still the IIPA I drink most often, and still a really good one, but after having had many others since the first, it is not quite as perfect in subsequent tastings.
Amber colored with a compact head that lasts the whole session. Aroma explodes out of the bottle of a pine forest and some grapefruit. The hops are way out front, but it is not too sweet OR bitter, as is the case with many IIPA’s. Round full mouthfeel that just makes it something special.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very cloudy copper with a small off-white head. I can actually smell the hops in this beer from where I sit a few feet away. Upon closer inspection, citrus fruit and a slight sweetness is revealed in the aroma, in addition to the huge hop presence. Flavor is absolutely dominated by hops - piney, fresh, bitter good-ness. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits are also present. This lacked the overwhelmingly syrupy taste I had issues with in the DFH 90 Minute and Stoudt’s Double IPA, while still possessing a full, round feel. A great beer.
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hops in this one were strong and forceful, although lacked some identity, this beer provided more of a rush flavoring of a few types of hops than that harmonious blend of several different tastes. Pine and citrus flavors provide a tart and hoppy start to finish. Based on the rave reviews, again I would have expected a litte better, but the praise is not unfounded. If you
are prepared for a hop monster, this one will not disappoint.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice grapefriut aroma with sweet malt and caramel as it warms. Pours a hazy amber, leaning more to dark orange. Starts with a nice stweetness, toasty and nutty with some caramel. The hoppy citrus becomes apparent quickly with some pine needles at the bitter finish. I also thought I tasted some candy hidden underneath it all but it was tough to tell. The body was lighter than I expected but still satisfying. I started with this beer straight from the frigde and was much happier with the flavor as it warmed (lost some of the overbearing sharpness). This has some kick, and is very nice. Great to have a hard to get beer from Colorado. Again, my sister Rocks!
jefcon (1470) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden and orange in the glass with a lot of visual depth. Big hop aromas, grapefruit and lemon citrus. A hoppy bite on the tongue, followed by a swirl of complicating malts, and finishing with a bitter, but spicy, hop finale. This is a big beer. It only falls short on palate, astringent and with an aftertaste. But the alcohol is well-integrated into this brew, as are the hops, and for big game IPA hunters, this is an understandable prize.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz Bomber bottle. Hercules pours out a cloudy dark copper color with a good-sized light tan head. The lace forms a nice ring around the glass and the head stays along for the whole ride. It’s very hoppy in aroma with hints of citrus, spiciness and malts lingering about. The taste is amazing as you first get rushed with extreme hoppiness followed by a nice malty finish. The more this one warms the more is revealed in the complex taste with citrus and nice bitterness to it. It has a great full mouthfeel that complements the taste to create a great beer experience. The alcohol is well hidden but traces of it can be detected, an overall very drinkable beer. This is the beer that let double IPAs take over imperial stouts as my favorite style. I will defiantly hold a bottle to compare against dreadnaught, and keep a few in the fridge as often as possible.
Suttree (5420) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy reddish orange, decent tan head. Really appealing piney, peppery aroma. Great woodsy, resiny hops up front, with notes of grapefruit. Slightly viscous, slippery finish. Very subtle hint of caramel in there , as well. Very tasty.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. (Thanks argo0) Amber color, hazy with medium tannish head. Aroma is very hoppy--with citrus and slight maltiness. Flavor is very hoppy and floral. Finish is dry, and there is alcohol in the aftertaste. Delicious.