Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Always nice to knock back a top 50 beer, and this one didnít disappoint. Dark orange color, clear, with a decent head. Aroma caught my attention right away, as it had a sweet molasses component along with a pungent earthy hop aroma. Not often that the malts actually show up in the aroma profile of an IIPA. Full mouth starts off with sweet caramel malts, a touch of nut, and then moves nicely into earthy hops, a bit of pine, faint grapefruit, and a satisfying bitterness. This is one well made brew. Should note that the 9.1 is nicely masked.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange hue with a slight off-white head. Slightly sweet with an odd flavor of pasta. Full mouthfeel with a decent balance of hops to malts. Thick mouthfeel that seems more like an east coast IIPA..
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very hoppy brew for all those hop lovers. Pours a orange/amber color with almost no head. Taste was balanced by the malt, very hoppy without an overwhelming bitterness.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2004 Yep, another true hop monster. Copper colored, translucent. Strong piney citrus aroma. Flavor is slightly tart with some malty sweetness. Well made and I think this one will give Dreadnaught a run for its money. Bitter sweet finish.
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
07.14.04 Bomber for Bastille Day, courtesy of my secret Santa. Pours a dark, copperish; slight white head with foamy islands. Aromas of c-hops, citrus and pine nicely balanced between midwest and west coast. Flavors are grand with a great balance. Very reminiscent of DFH 90 min. Quite sweet in the middle. Hops leave a satisfying tingle on and after the finish. Unfortunately, it is slightly cloying. Big, syrupy mouthfeel, very soft, very sensual. Nice stuff...Iím a better person having tried this beer.
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 (8100) - 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 (2625) - 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.