fordest (1963) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle thanks to a little visit by Ibrew2or3. Nice fruity hops aroma. Very sweet there and in the flavor too. The bitterness in the flavor moved a little more toward the grass and flower flavors. Very nice beer. Thanks Dave.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of trade. Drain pour. Just not that good. Jumbled flavors. Past its prime.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper, very cloudy with color-strings of varying browns, like melting straw or grain. Modest carbonation supports a small beige head that dwindles slowly and never fully. The aroma is highly hoppy with notes of pine, grapefruit and sour mango and lesser other tropical notes. Malt is a force too, bready and caramel-laden. Alcohol is monstrous and ethanol notes burn the sinuses. The flavor is very highly astringent and ruined by hop overkill. Citrus and pine are pervasive and unrelenting. Acidity is medium-high to high, sweetness cloying at times. The malt doesnít stand much of a chance even though itís hefty; this seems horribly overattenuated. Finishes semi-dry, bitter and astringent, drying moreso with each sip. I couldnít finish it. The mouthfeel is medium-full to full bodied, brackish, with biting carbonation, earthy and herbal resiny notes lingering. I looked forward to this for a long time only to find great dissapointment. It was a fresh bottle, so that wasnít the issue. Astringency was the main culprit is my disdain for most of the flavor. This beer didnít agree with me at all.
eaglefan538 (2850) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy crizay. Pours an amber-dark golden color, nice initial head, fades quickly, yet still provides decent lacing. The aroma is fruity, some floral, definite pine/resinous prominence, and even citrus notes. Malt profile asserts itself in the flavor, much more "balanced" then the previously consumed Manalishi directly before this, bready malts, earthy grain aspects, fruity flavors all accompanying the hop profile already described in the aroma. Mouthfeel is moderate for the style, a nice concoction. Thanks, Chris!
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Puddintane. Not much hop aroma with this one. Minimal head. Somewhat sour finish. Hops presence felt more as it warms. Average IIPA.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in mystery swap 2.0, poured with a nice copper color, some floaties. Canít believe this is 9%. Plenty of hop bitterness, but the malt in this one is just right,very nice aftertaste, clean on the tongue, Very drinkable, wish I could get this often, and Iím only an hour or two from San Diego!
BBB63 (5944) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tosa gathering, bottles provided by the Ohio crew: Hazy golden hue with a small frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of fresh pine, grapefruit, mango, pepper, clove, biscuit and earthy esters and vapours. There is a big initial hop bitterness and acidity supported in the middle by a sweet malt background. A nicely worked spicy finish rounds off the palate. The mouth feel is biting and aggressive with a dry metallic finish. This is really nice, once again Great Lakes steps up and hits a homer. A vastly underrated brewery IMO.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red side of amber with a large head that didnít stick around too long and left a thin film. The aroma has a strong amber and caramel malt aroma and a nice subtle but strong blast of floral and bitter hops. The flavor has some more of that nice amber malt and a great big hop profile. Floral to begin with then a hint of pine and some lingeri g bitterness that is very flowery.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body was cloudy orange with a light khaki head. The aroma was fairly subtle grapefruit with some apples. I couldnít smell much else, but it was nice. The taste was rich caramel with some grapefruit and hints of pine. This was nice and balanced with hints of pine. My type of IIPA.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Dickinsonbeer at jjpm74ís gathering. Poured golden with a white head. Sharp aroma of grassy hops with lemony citrus, intense and nice. Flavor is a strong sweet malt backbone supporting sharp notes of grassy and citrusy hops. More balanced between malt and hops than the Wiillimantic and with more good hop flavor. Very nice and drinkable double IPA.