beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
By far one of the best looking double IPAís Iíve laid my eyes on! Absolutely gorgeous glowing cloud of orange, deeper in color towards the top then at the bottom where it keeps some golden highlights. Massively stacked inch high head of dusty yellowed whipped froth that becomes crusty and lumpy as it muddles down to a thick haze remaining present. Lace in thick globby ink blot sheeting and strings.
Aroma is redolent with highly sweet citrus and soft dry pine, a bit juicy and oily thick with some resinous qualities, but set back some and moderately present on the nose. Lots of alcoholic vapors seep through like volcanic gases about to rupture the top of a fault-lined island of hops.
Taste is wowfully juicy with citrus flavors, fresh, clean, with a good load of skins and pulp of every kind play softly in the front but gain a huge acidic return at the finish. Nice bitterness of orange and grapefruit acids and hop oils coat the end for a good long while along with a finespun slow drying pulpy action. Slight sticky toffee-like malts way in the back. Floating pineyness vapors and alcoholic esters pass into the finish as well. Uff-da - yum! Thereís no doubt that this has a Herculian amount of hops. Quite complex and full of citrusy things including the flowers and blossoms too. Akin to Dreadnaught in its hop profile. A yummy puree of hops are to be enjoyed and awed upon while trekking up this mountain.
Feel is quite smooth for the seemingly end of hoppy citrus thats been given. Big full body with fluffy edges. Thick, fat, juicy, super fine citrusy bitterness. Oily but dry finish thats incredible to undertake. Yum! A great beer by Great Divide.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a beautiful amber color, with a decent white head. Smell was of flowers and citrus. The taste quickly reminded me of the DFH 120 min. i had last weekend, but a little more mellow. Was strong and very flowery. Not as impressed as i thought iíd be using RB ratings as a guide, but would not throw this brew out of bed for spilling some cracker crumbs. Will save my 2nd bottle for a hot summer day, while iím sitting at the pool.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This double IPA pours with a beautiful cristal clear amber body topped by a thick off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet, grapefruity and hoppy with a slight pine note and a nice malty background. The flavor is sweet and malty with slight caramel notes, bitter piney notes and a touch of citrus. Full bodied, smooth warming and dry.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
duvel tulip glass: there is a massive, tight, cremey, and off-white head that sparkles and lingers... it becomes rocky and airy with time, but oh does it take time... underneath the gorgeous head is a dark and fiery amber body accompanied by a great dark peach highlight. the taste is fantastic, the palate is wonderful, and the lacing left behind seems stickier than the salt thatís left on your car in the dead of urban winter. wow. this is sweet. this is huge! this is claiming to be god! (read the commercial description.) this is a helluva of a double IPA and definitely one of the best strong beers in the world! (of course, i'm very inexperienced at this point of time... but...)
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful amber/orange color. Lasting, dense, creamy head. Huge aromas cause my eyes to cross involuntarily. Sweet and sour orange, grapefruit, coniferous hops. There are some high alpha goodies involved here. Flavor is nicely sweet with a bracing bitterness. Lots of soft fruity malt. Big, slick palate thatís scrubbed clean by a late, lingering bitterness. If I can say anything bad at all about this, itís that itís not too complex. But thatís fine. Man, I want more of this.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber/copper. Hops, citrus, pine, alcohol and malt aromas. Flavors of hops, citrus, malt, caramel, with a bitter finish. The alcohol also doesnít reallly kick in until the end. Good, but 90 minute is better.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear golden brown color, with a nice hoppy nose. The hoppy flavor hits you first, but it finishes w/ some sweetness on the tongue. A very nice double IPA.
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 (5251) - 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 (5169) - 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.