Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BIG peach smell as it warms. Also the requisite hop aromas--the resin seems to predominate over the grapefruit. Wierd there. Sweet and biscuity malts. Peach and grapfruit fight to the finish in a soft, sloshing fuzzy-full mouthfeel. Woo. This is very interesting. Finishes a tad too bitter for me, but SEE! SEE! Not all hoppy beers disgust me. Ma, look--I like an IIPA! The last beer of the NJ gathering, I drank this in the car and savored it before taking a little nap and heading home. Thanks Mike!
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich copper. Caked-on dusty-white spackled foam. Rounded citrus scents intertwined with pine sap and peach. Hints of fir, hop leaves, and jellied/lightly toasted malts. Plush and sappy on the palate with thick, creamy bubbles. Hops unleash their intense spiciness with tongue-numbing hop resin chased by a softening peach flavor. Plush pine coats the palate and yields an abundance of raw cane sugar, which beautifully highlights the rounder citrusy hop nuances. Well-structured toasted malt anchor. Pine and raw cane sugar continue with their brashness and become fatiguing by the end of the first glass. Finishes medicinal and oversweet, yet packed with enough juicy hops, toasted malt, and sweet graham to briefly allow the softer hop elements to come through. Jellied malts and citrus notes linger before an ensuing, albeit restrained, mixture of piney/citrusy hop belches. Overall a very nice mouthfeel and enough interesting hop flavors to keep your attention, but the alcohol and sugary sweetness are distracting. Another Double IPA which is muddled, due to the full assortment of hops used. Still Iíd gladly buy it again to satiate a massive hop fix.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
damn, believe what people say, this is a great iipa. it doesnt stand a chance when compared to dreadnaut, but not many do stand that chance. poured dark red color with a small head. taste is very bitter hop oil, pine and grapefruit. what makes this a really good iipa is the massive amount of malts that make it balanced and not so much just a hop attack. smell is similar to the taste. a very good iipa. thanks for this one over and over again brian.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber color with a beige head. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma. Flavor is almost all hops, with just enough malt to give it a little balance. Finish is very long and bitter.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Monster hoppy nose. I mean, the aromas just ERUPT out of this like a Hop Mushroom cloud. Lots of pine tar and grapefruit along with some crystal malt. The body was outstanding too. Big hoppy/ oily resin throughout, along with a rather large amount of malty sweetness. Long oily finish with undertones of wood and pine. My only beef is that it was just ever so sweet or malty, but the hop profile is world class.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
oooooh, now this is my kind of brew!! Copper orange, light tan head with lacing that sinks down the sides like a setting sun. Aroma is super fruity citrus hops - pow! Thick bodied - sure, thereís malts, but who gives a c$%p about the malts!?!?!? (they are thick and sweet - kind of like a lozenge) This is about the hops, dude! Can hops provide balance to each other? Weíve got here citrusy grapefruit, lemon-lime, sure apricots (itís funny - somebody at work gave me a handful of fresh dried apricots today; so yes, I recognize some apricot here), pine sap, oak, and many more hop flavors. Very nice stuff.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2006 July 2004: 22 oz bottle, from Armanettiís in Mundelein, IL. Luminescent copper, very clear, with a large, lasting taupe head. Nose is quite sweet, pineapple predominating with hints of apricots, caramel and tobacco. In the mouth, massively hoppy and bitter, fruits are present as a thin backup to the huge citric/piney hop front, which dominates all the way through the long hard finish. The body is good and thick, and I do find more malt presence than some, but on the whole I think this is a bit overbalanced to the hop to be really drinkable. Itís interesting, extremely well made, but certainly for hopheads only. 8/4/7/4/15 3.8
June 2006: bottle from the same batch as above. At 2 years I was afraid the hops would be too far gone...Iím also interested to read my review above, as Iím increasingly more tolerant of hop-bombs as long as there is corresponding malt or fruit sweetness to counteract the corrosive bitterness; this example delivers in that regard. Itís definitely mellower and easier to drink now though there is a strong dry, somewhat ashy bitterness that resonates on the roof of the mouth for some time after swallowing; the aroma though seems to have opened up with vanilla and green tea leaves adding some nice complexities....quite lovely and Iím bumping this up a bit; I will have to try it again fresh soon, but this 2-year-old is certainly quite fine.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 Unbelievably fruity (mango, pineapple) nose; richer than almost all other of this type of IPA or IIPA (similar to Ruination, to my nose). Intensely bitter, very little in the way of earthiness. Very creamy, as others have said. Nice darker reddish color. I canít get to the cookie dough that so many others claim because of the super high bittering, but more importantly, the alcohol. Nice, but not my fave IIPA by any means.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish amber. Pretty much a typical west coast IPA and I donít see why this is a top 50, especially when Iíve had lots of nice IPAs lately with malts in them that balance them out soooooo much better. Hop juice.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draought Falling Rock Rouge color, good lace...Amarillo?? hop nose, fruits like apricot, peach....more of the same in the flavor...good clean bitterness(but big) nice sticky malt. A real fruity hopiness...Nice brew, full bodied, not the resiny hops like the Avery 11.