fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 2010-02-18, bottle, 9-5-8-5-18=45
Dark amber color; generous creamy head. Wonderful aroma, the hop has fruits, resin and pine needles; also a bit sweaty. Strong and round body, massive caramel and toffee flavor, sweet as necessary, with extreme hopping, very resiny over all. It’s not a fresh bottle (maybe a couple of years old), the ageing allows to better blend the components, and it’s too hoppy to feel any change in the bitterness department.
2008-08-26, draught at Cockney Pub, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Hazy amber color, yoghurt-like head. Strong aroma of fruity hops. Strong body, supporting extreme flavors, where the toffee reigns, the resiny hops as well, and it has the required sweetness. An angry monster.
2004-11-13, bottle, 9-5-9-5-17=45
Hazy orange - light amber color; creamy head. Wonderful aroma, hops, fruits (oranges, grapefruit, ...), herbs, ... Excellent malty body, quickly overwhelmed by a crazy hopping, rising and rising... The final is strong, aromatic and very long, with more than a touch of bitter oranges fruitness. Extreme!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Lots and lots of hops and bitterness. However, it’s not offensive. It has a fantastic aroma and a nice clear amber colour. The flavour lasts a very long time, with a very dry bitter finish. Not my favourite beer style, but I think this is one of the better ones of the style.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber coloured. Very hoppy. Very bitter. Dry finish. This is a really great brew. Full bodied with a very long lasting aftertaste of fine hops.
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Off-white head, cloudy, fair lacing, and a dark orange hue. Malty, hoppy and fruity aroma. Sweet and very hoppy flavor. Hoppy mouthfeel. Way too hoppy for my palate.
jgb9348 (5062) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy deep amber coloured body with a medium-sized fast dying head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel, raisins, pit fruit, malt and of course-HOPS! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong assertive grapefruit hoppiness with a full malt backbone and some strong sweetness. Finishes bitter, but also shows some sweetness & a prolonged alcohol kick as well. Overall, a decent double-better than most (still not a style I like), but nice to try out here on the east coast! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 29-August-2004.
shadey (1985) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was basically the regular IPA with more hops. Same orange pour but a little bit darker hue. Good, but not as well balanced as the Pizza Port IIPA. Still impressive.
omhper (20915) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, thanks Dr.Bill!
Reddish amber. Restrained hop aroma. Hugely malty with clean rounded mouthfeel. Dominated by citric, perfumy hops. Lingering very bitter finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HOPS! Pours a deep orange-amber color with a solid head that thickly coats the glass as you drink. Good hopping aroma, cirtic and pine and a hint of the floral. Bitter hopping almost overrides the malts completely, but they’re there. Great bitter, grapefruit-ish finish. You don’t notice the abv until you’re done.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Rerate, bottle
Pours a lush brown/red, more akin to an English ale than an IPA. Aroma is predominantly malt. Flavor does feature the prerequisite grapefruit/orange combination, but not nearly as bitter or mouth-puckering as the label would have you believe. Still, a nice treat that is worth a revisit every once in awhile.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is way too easy to drink. Kind of like a barley wine/double IPA hybrid leaning towards double IPA. Not hugely bitter and has a nice balance of malty sweetness. It a hazy orange copper and pours with a nice white, fluffy head. Lacing is pretty nice. Aroma has caramel and a bit of tropical fruit. Almost hop15 like but not as much of the fruit. Body is creamy and smooth. Taste is really well balanced with malt and hops. Not as bitter as some other double IPAs. Kind of a refreashing, unique example.. Tast to me is definately on the caramel side with an easy on your palate hop finish. Excellent in my opininion. I’lll be picking up a few more on my next trip to Austin where I found this bottle. If there was a session double IPA out there, this would be it along with Hop 15.