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...
Kinz (3450) - 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 didn’t 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 (2654) - 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...I’m 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 (8465) - 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 they’ve 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.