HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big piney/citrus nose. Clear dark orange hue with a huge head and great lacing. A lot of hops hit you up front. It has a good malt profile to back up those hops. It hides the alcolhol in with a smooth texture. Nice smooth, dry finish. Great beer.
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. this is a bottle that the aroma grips you before you pour it. so iíll describe the aroma first. as i frequently do when tasting ipaís. aroma is hop, more hops, a few more hops, some cairo syrup, pine needles and more hops. grapefruit flavor and aroma comes through in this. the appearance is a starfruit orange, with a glistening dark body. a nice appearance. flavor is also heavily hopped. but it has undertones of grapefruit, lemon and other assorted citrus flavors. the hops really mellow out to allow for these flavors. finishes is also bitter with acidic fruit. this beer is a little over hopped, but not too bad.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Holy freakní hell. First taste is MASSIVE and STRONG. First taste is...WOW! HOPS, bitter, perfume. This beer is ALMOST too strong to handle. This beer actually reaches out of the glass, grabs you by the throat slaps you across the face and says "you canít handle me, now suck it." Either you love this beer or you HATE it. I am in love. Bring on another.
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful glowing orange color with a prodigous foamy, creamy off white head. Deep, significant aroma of hops, definite pineyness, some alcohol, and berries. Flavor is absoluty MASSIVE. When people complain about over hopped, excessive American IPAs, this is what they are talking about, and I love this stuff. Palate is massively thick. The thickest beer of any kind I have ever had, except for stouts. Flavors that present themselves include orange, nuts, light alcohol, and a spicy, dry finish. This lives up to the hype for me.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I never thought that we would get this brew out here in Austin...get it at Grapevine my austinite friends. Woah!!! Very good. Pours a lovely copper color. Like molten bronze with a frothy head. Head is giant and never leaves my glass soo huge and creamy looking. Nose is of berries, hops, hops, hops and peanuts. No really berries hops and peanuts. Thats whatís in there you jerks!!!
On the tongue the palate is exceptional. Excellently coating and at the same time nicely refreshing. To put it in my friends words...the palate lingers nicely after you have tasted the draught. Notes of Peanut butter, blueberries, hops...both floral and bitter. So quenching and refreshing. Excellent brew. If you can get your hands on it freaking drink it.
obxdude10 (2031) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 Deep copper in color, nice fluffly off-white head, huge hop aroma, full bodied, flavors were very well balanced, notes of pine, citrus, a slight touch of toffee, excellent malt profile to counter the huge amount of hops, very bitter & dry finish, lots of pine & nutty notes, very well done, great IIPA
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice full amber color with an inviting white foamy head. Strong hop smell that promises a powerfully flavorful hop beer.
Very smooth bubbly feel in mouth.
The hops explode in my mouth like Stone Ruin. does. A lot of bitterness comes through as does the malty feel in my mouth. The hop/bitter combination of this beer is more powerful than Iíve ever had. As it warms it feels less intense and smoother(maybe Iím getting use to it).
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is not as strong or intoxicating as many IPAs....I like that it doesnít smell like a knock-you-out flower. The color is a deep amber and calls out to be drank. The flavor is incredibly balanced. It is as complex as a barley wine but withouth the sweet intensity and instead a soft and nutty hoppiness. If you like barley wines but arenít an extreme hophead this beer will really suit the tastebuds well. It seems to change in flavor from the second it hits your toungue until you swallor. The body is a little to fizzy for my but overall an incredbile experience. Luscious.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark golden color with few bubbles and a nice head. Aroma is flowery hops, a little sweet. Body is malty but not overdone. Taste starts sweet and quickly becomes tangy, slightly tart hops. Alcohol is barely noticable. Finish is medium bitter, with a lot of sweet hoppy flavor going up through the nose. Some nutty chocolate elements very late in the finish, a nice touch. A very pleasent beer to drink.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice seemingly Dreadnaught clone. Rich and deep in color with a good malt back bone and pronounced hoppy bitterniess and flavor. A bit oxidized. I am not sure if they were gunning for IIPA royalty or if they merelyt came up with this offering after trial and error, but a nice rendition with a bit of oxidation.