ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks miketd! Pours a hazy orange with a large off white head...aroma is bright and citrusy, caramel, lemon, light pineapple...flavour is plenty malty, lightly bitter grapefruit, floral hops and nicely bitter in the end, but very sticky sweet right up front and it lasts...tasty, although I might need an insulin booster...
cpetrone84 (1467) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had on tap at the brewpub in cleveland.
A-hazy golden amber color with a solid white head leaving a decent lace on the glass
S-the smell is a little light, notes of a caramel malt base, pine comes in next with tangerine and grapefruit hops in the back
T-big hops, the light caramel malt base sets a foundation but the hops are the centerpiece. the pine hits first followed by tangerine with grapefruit in the back and a nice lingering bitter hop finish.
M-smooth, a little grainy on the palate with a medium body and a fair amount of carbonation that finishes nice and crisp
D-pretty solid taste that hides the alcohol relatively well make it quite enjoyable, the bitterness linger and the crisp finish would probably deter me from drinking multiple beers.
zach8270 (3516) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy honey color with a very thin white head. Tangy and sweet aroma at the start. Some bitter and citrusy hops as well, but mostly a zesty spice hint. Flavor begins with a tangy and peppery hop bite. Some citrus and flowery notes as well at the start. The flavor drops off hard in the middle and moves to a dry and bitter taste. Aftertaste is much the same. Very dry, peppery and bitter. Definitely not as hoppy as I thought it would be.
andyhwcinc (1490) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle while laying around the house on a relaxing Sunday. Appearance looks like pumpkin with a thin dissipating head. Aroma has a nice fruit / lemongrass balance, surprisingly not a hoppy aroma. Taste wise itís hoppy but not as much as I thought it would be, typically these imperial IPAís are just loaded with hops but this really isnít. Iím tasting honey, grass, hops, and liquor. Itís pretty good.
HonkeyBra (3480) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish - Orange pour with whispy white head. Aroma of mango, pineapple, pale malt. Flavor is pretty good. Very fruity with medium bitterness. Lots of peach, mango, pineapple. Some tea, some bread, some caramel malt. Really clean, well-put together DIPA. Body is a bit thin for the style, carbonation is pretty high. But it works. Might be one of my favorite Great Lakes brewers ever.
Vir4030 (529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head with a lime aroma. Nice light brown and a smooth taste. Has a vodka-like kick in the back of your throat.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle acquired via trade with ewestern...THANKS ERIC!!! Liquid gold/tangerine pour produced a dense ivory head that a left significant web of lacing inside the glass. Bright, vibrant aroma of orange peel, caramel, pine resin, grapefruit, and canned Del Monte fruit cocktail. Flavor is a fantastic balance of hops and malt...lemongrass, tangerine, orange, biscuit, and honey. Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Really tasty.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a big pillowy white dense long lasting head that leaves beautiful lace. Aroma of fresh piney hops, citrus hops, and a rich doughy caramel malt backbone. Very nice. The flavor is the same. Beautifully balanced... not all hops. The malt profile is really nice. The hop profile is primarily piney resinous hops. The alcohol is present, but pretty decently hidden. Long dry finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall: another damn solid offering from great lakes.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden color with a big off white head. Big floral hop aroma jumps out as soon as the bottle is opened. Flavor is of citrus and sweet malts. Finish is long and hoppy. Very good.
JesusPooped (40) - Bay View, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like the Commodore, you must drink this beer when it is fresh. I appreciate the effort Great Lakes takes to make their beers 100% natural. And to whoever complained about the sediment, in order to have the taste this beer has it has to have the unfiltered sediment. Maybe sip a Miller Lite if youíre concerned with filtration?
Pour is a beautiful golden orange with evident sediment. Nose really expresses the ingredients of the beer. Very fresh, almost as if the hops were still wet, pungent and grassy accented with a light sweet citrus. Great balance. The smell is not overwhelming but it is unique for an Imperial IPA. Taste is thick and hoppy just the way a fresh Imperial should taste. Like there are hops floating around in the tulip. Iím picking up some chinook, cascade, and maybe some centennial. Very complex taste that lingers and changes as the drink warms. Not overly sweet or citrusy. Hides the ABV pretty well. For any hopheads looking for a different but quality IIPA, I would highly suggest this.