atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber redish orange brown with a large creamy head. There are multiple colors visible at different areas of the glass. The aroma smells like a heavy blanked of aromatic and bittering hops. The same bitterness from the aroma almost instantly coats the mouth and leaves a smooth and balanced feeling. There are largely spruce hops set infront of a carmel malt that is able to poke through at the right time. Later in the beer I noticed more citrus hops and I also was supprised by how long the head lasted. I drank this very slow hopeing to get tastes as it warmed up, and for at least an hour there was a head present on the beer. I found that facinating because along with the great color, the head composition really made this a classy looking beer. Being a hop head, I really liked this one.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Murky orange with a large head. Very sweet citrus nose, oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a little gum. Very full and balanced nose, bright and sharp flavor initially. When this beer was first release back in 2003 or 2004, I could not stand it... it was disorganized, rough, raw, unfinished and sickening to drink. Glad to say theyíve clean it up quite a bit. Now it has some deifnite smoothness, has some massively chewy pine sap and hop/cannabis flavors, and just smells delightful.
Indra (2606) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity, juicy hop aroma, perhaps a bit faint compared to other beers of this style, but appealing, resembling pineapple upside-down cake, flowers and with a gentle background earthiness. Medium-dark orange-amber color, lightly hazy with a very fine, creamy head and highly intricate lacing. Flavor is truly impressive; while powerful and massive, manages to exude incredible balance, the gigantic hop bitterness and flavor intertwined inextricably with the clean, sugary malt sweetness, and this is especially evident in the finish, with the expected rush of hop resins meeting a profound and luscious malt foundation. Richly full body, palate is smooth, creamy, warming, expansive...basically faultless. A little swirl of yeast wouldíve persuaded me to give this a 5 in appearance, and a little more of this aroma probably would have garnered an 8-9. Those are about the only (minor) complaints I can generate. Either way, I feel this IIPA can go head-to-head with any other out there. Mightily flavorful, huge and yet *very* dangerously drinkable. Oh, yeah. Thanks, Jeff!!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice dark amber color,small off white head that lasted for a nice long time then faded to a small but decent lace.The aroma was hoppy as hell with a nice citrusy crapefruit side and mild malt.Malty hoppy taste with plenty of grapefruit,pine tree and bitterness to go along way.The alcohol really doesnít seem to make itís presence known until the very end where all i get is a mild burn going down.Long bitterness all the way to the end of the tasting with a decent bitterness in the after taste to go along with the grapefruit.Itís a bit more hoppy then i care for but over all itís a very good brew.Thanks go to Whaleman for sending another great brew my way.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a dense off white head. Aromas of green, earthy hops and sweet caramel background. Somewhat "raw" aroma for lack of a better term. Slick and full feel. Full caramel flavors with a later backdrop of citric and acidic hops. Alcohol very well hidden. For some reason this seemed just under some of the premier IIPAs Iíve had.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Minimal head which was gone in less than a minute.dark amber to golden orange in color.My nose took a big hit of hops and grapefuit,really nice.Flavor was almost exactly would you would want the aroma to taste like.Huuuge Hops and grapefruit.Brews like this have moved the Double IPAís up my list as my second favorite behind Imp. Stouts.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 Hazey orange/rust color that faded as the bottle warmed. Avg. head,big hop arom and hints of citrus.The flavor of hops kicks ya in the teeth and then finished with a huge grapefruit on the tongue but bitter taste.Grapefruit became subdued as the beer warmed.I like it better cold. A frickin monster to be bought in quantity and stored.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Wow, was this a nice brew. Brilliant orange color with an orange soda head. smelled rather floral hoppy aroma. The taste was incredible. Sooo hoppy, but sooo good. and contrary to heemer below, I thought it was quite well balanced in terms of malt, particularly for an I2PA. Lots of sweetness in with the alphas in this one. Nice mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very good I2PA, had no trouble with the bomber!
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Tried again recently. Sickly thick and relatively sweet. This is still the type of brew I think of when i think IIPA. Thanks hey_kevin for sharing this bomber. There is a lot of hype around this one. I think it is a very solid double IPA. Has a dark red and orange body with a small tan and yellow head. The aroma is grapefruit, molasses and pine. This aroma is crisp and gets your attention. The taste is brown sugar, caramel and oak. A dry finish is very nice. Solid. Lots of malt to back this up. Seemed a little maltier on my second try.
Maddog (390) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tried this brew for the first time last night,and I was blown away. I purchased it at Samís Warehouse in Chicago because of the 100 rating, and I was not disappointed. The very subtle, sweet malt beginnings are completely flooded with hops. This may be one of my favorites. The dry hoppy finish lingers in the palate for a long time. Just like the bottle says the hops are present from beginning to end. And then some.