DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Once again, a special thanks goes out to whoever gave me this beer...because personally i can hardly remember... TannerTavernboys and TAR i think....! This beer pours a fairly clear lightly carbonated ambery yellow color with a soapy white head which dissipates quickly. The aroma was fairly standard hops and pineyness with a hint of citrus. The taste is very full and sticky with with hints of caramel. The finish is very acetic and dry with sweet caramel and citrus. Not bad at all.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Clear amber hue with small fizzy head but very good lace. The aroma has notes of a hop field: piney, grassy, floral, and aromatic. Additionally the nose detects bittersweet malts, dusty and earthy yeast esters, and a pineapple undertone. The taste starts with a good dose of bitters with a fine background of sweet malts and a honey like character. The citrus is noticeable throughout and leads to a smooth bitter finish. The feel is softer than expected, reserved yet not boring. A solid and tasty IPA, worth a try. I liked this just as much as the Hercules IIPA.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to say, I really enjoy these big IPAís especially when theyíre as well done as this one. It pours a dark golden with an off white but only about an eighth of an inch thick head. But--get this--it stays an eighth inch throughout so really I think thatís just fine. The nose is nice and reserved for the style with fruit and honey making a strong showing--gotta love those Amarillo hops. Good, thick mouthfeel but somewhat lacking in carbonation which is always a major downer in my book. As I drink more I notice floral notes along with some caramel to help balance things out. The finish is much more bitter than I expected from the aroma and itís that special, wonderful kind of bitterness thatís mild at first but grows and fills your mouth after the beer is swallowed. Thereís also a sweet, sugary hint on the tip of the tongue at the beginning of each sip. Nice! This is one that really improves as it warms. So be sellfish. Drink the whole bomber and do it slowly.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 This IPA featured a very strong presence of grapefruit in both its aroma and flavor. While I generally like an IPA with a citrus note, I thought it a bit overbearing in this one. Probably because I donít like grapefruit too much to begin with...
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 Rerate June 2005
This beer is slightly hazy and shows a mix between copper, ruby and orange colors when held up to the light. It at first generates a three finger thick head when I pour it, it settles down to a frothy tan colored head that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is at first quite fruity with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. There are some aromatic notes of pine as well.
The taste is lightly sweet up front and this interacts with some of the hoppy notes to create a citrus character reminiscent of tangerines and oranges. The hops begin to grab a hold, and the beer has a really sharp bitter bite to it, which gives way to a lingering chalky astringent hoppiness. This is certainly a well hopped beer, it has a hint of maltiness to it, but just enough to be barely perceptible. It really is not enough to even tame the hops one bit. Because of the massive hop character this beer is almost dry on the palate. This is certainly and over the top hopped IPA, almost too much even for me and I like hops. At times I can see this really appealing to me. Overall score doesnít change individuals of 7/4/6/4/13
Rated August 2004
Pungeant aromas of pine sap, orange, and tangerine waft from my glass, as I sniff deeper the pine-tar aromas start to dominate. This beer pours with a thick, rocky tan head that sits on top of a lightly hazy copper-amber colored beer. The taste is lightly sweet up front. The malty sweetness continues from start to finish of this beer. The finish is bitter with a slight hop derived astringency. A solid level of malt is here as well with notes of toasted biscuits, and caramel malt. The beer is suprisingly light on the palate and goes down quite smoothly. The hop flavor is definitely here as well, though it is in no way totally over the top. I get notes of pine sap, citrus fruits, and a grassy herbal character all mixed together. The more I drink this the more malty it gets as well. This was certainly brewed with lots of crystal malts to compete with the hop character, so much so that I think that it might detract a bit from this beer.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this almost as much as the Hercules. Great aroma - sweet pine tree malty grapefruit herbal flloral - ok, is that all? Anyway, a little thinner than the Hercules, but also the malts are a little less sweet, which I liked. Has a real "juicy" hop - I assume from the Amarillo. Finish is long and woody. And, as a bonus, itís currently on the shelves here in Ohio - hooray!
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Brooklyn Boy and JPDIPSO for this style. Pours dark straw with a big, creamy, white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, fruit, pine, florals. Tastes very hoppy with citrus, fruit, florals, and some spice at the finish. Very well balanced, with an awesome, smooth, fruity, hoppy finish. A top-notch IPA, with great balance and complexity.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit, pine hops (H); caramel, grain malt (M). Deep blonde/gold color. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: great hops, not quite enough malt though.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice orange color with a big lasting head. Strong malts of caramel and cookie stand in front of a firey alcohol. Hops are rindy and fresh tasting at the finish, very bitter, very refreshing.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one was nowhere in the leauge of the Hercules Double IPA. A murky orange appearance that hopefully was not the result of the plastic cup. The flavor was very mild but well balanced with the usual IPA flavors. The aroma was slightly floral but mostly like orange peels. I love IPA and I will say this one is pretty standard. Thatís not an insult in my book. Pretty Good!