Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber color with a beige head. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma. Flavor is almost all hops, with just enough malt to give it a little balance. Finish is very long and bitter.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Monster hoppy nose. I mean, the aromas just ERUPT out of this like a Hop Mushroom cloud. Lots of pine tar and grapefruit along with some crystal malt. The body was outstanding too. Big hoppy/ oily resin throughout, along with a rather large amount of malty sweetness. Long oily finish with undertones of wood and pine. My only beef is that it was just ever so sweet or malty, but the hop profile is world class.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
oooooh, now this is my kind of brew!! Copper orange, light tan head with lacing that sinks down the sides like a setting sun. Aroma is super fruity citrus hops - pow! Thick bodied - sure, thereís malts, but who gives a c$%p about the malts!?!?!? (they are thick and sweet - kind of like a lozenge) This is about the hops, dude! Can hops provide balance to each other? Weíve got here citrusy grapefruit, lemon-lime, sure apricots (itís funny - somebody at work gave me a handful of fresh dried apricots today; so yes, I recognize some apricot here), pine sap, oak, and many more hop flavors. Very nice stuff.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2006 July 2004: 22 oz bottle, from Armanettiís in Mundelein, IL. Luminescent copper, very clear, with a large, lasting taupe head. Nose is quite sweet, pineapple predominating with hints of apricots, caramel and tobacco. In the mouth, massively hoppy and bitter, fruits are present as a thin backup to the huge citric/piney hop front, which dominates all the way through the long hard finish. The body is good and thick, and I do find more malt presence than some, but on the whole I think this is a bit overbalanced to the hop to be really drinkable. Itís interesting, extremely well made, but certainly for hopheads only. 8/4/7/4/15 3.8
June 2006: bottle from the same batch as above. At 2 years I was afraid the hops would be too far gone...Iím also interested to read my review above, as Iím increasingly more tolerant of hop-bombs as long as there is corresponding malt or fruit sweetness to counteract the corrosive bitterness; this example delivers in that regard. Itís definitely mellower and easier to drink now though there is a strong dry, somewhat ashy bitterness that resonates on the roof of the mouth for some time after swallowing; the aroma though seems to have opened up with vanilla and green tea leaves adding some nice complexities....quite lovely and Iím bumping this up a bit; I will have to try it again fresh soon, but this 2-year-old is certainly quite fine.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 Unbelievably fruity (mango, pineapple) nose; richer than almost all other of this type of IPA or IIPA (similar to Ruination, to my nose). Intensely bitter, very little in the way of earthiness. Very creamy, as others have said. Nice darker reddish color. I canít get to the cookie dough that so many others claim because of the super high bittering, but more importantly, the alcohol. Nice, but not my fave IIPA by any means.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish amber. Pretty much a typical west coast IPA and I donít see why this is a top 50, especially when Iíve had lots of nice IPAs lately with malts in them that balance them out soooooo much better. Hop juice.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draought Falling Rock Rouge color, good lace...Amarillo?? hop nose, fruits like apricot, peach....more of the same in the flavor...good clean bitterness(but big) nice sticky malt. A real fruity hopiness...Nice brew, full bodied, not the resiny hops like the Avery 11.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber red pour, little head and lots of spots of lacing. Piney and floral aromas. Bitter hops. Reminds me of styrians (probably wrong though.) Small malt backing with a big bitter punch. Plenty of citrus as well. The same hops in the flavor, with the citrus coming out more. Light malts balance it just slightly.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Aroma: grapefruits, pineapple, mangoes, and other tropical fruits, hops, minerals, pine/other woody scents.
Appearance: murky brown, head, lacing
Flavor: minerals, lots of hops, cream, leaves, slight pineapple, grapefruit juice, and pine--very acidic
Palate: too harsh, too overwhelming, with a harsh, bitter aftertaste
Overall: a very bad beer--too harsh, too bitter, very overwhelming--never buying this again
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2004 Creamy off-white head, clear reddish amber body. Fully hoppy aroma. Mostly a sprucy pine thing with some raw feet-like grapefruit. And as always, I have to characterize the malt as a caramel thing. Maybe flowery caramel. Taste has.... hops! More caramel present here, and hops that lead the way are sweet and piney. There is a barely detectable rusty quality to. Nice resiny feel. Some vodka type properties come through in tatse and aroma as it warms. Very good beer. Nice to have a new top notch IIPA! My only beef is that there is nothing new in it that differentiates it from the Dreadnaught types...