Nephilium (1263) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought from the GLBC gift shop... by the end of this review, Iíll see if I should be cursing their 6 per person per day limit. Starts with an aroma of pine and grapefruit, with a little tannin note to it. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber, with almost no head, leaving decent lacing down the side of the glass. It has the lovely oily palate of hops, with a flavor that begins on sweet notes, that quickly turn to citrus and bitterness, with a nice long finish. The alcohol is a bit noticeable in the back of the throat, but overall a great DIPA, and one that Iím glad I bought.
And as for the 6 per person per day rule, if it let me get this, itís good... if it kept some of my coworkers from getting it, I can still live with it.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Great Lakes: Pours a nice orange color with a white head, and a nice bit of lacing. Aroma, citrus, mostly grapefruit and oranges, a good deal of pine as well. Flavor, loads of citrus, pine, and some slight grassy hops, barley any malt is noticeable, this is a massive hop bomb. Some juiciness, sticky, a medium body, with a great bitterness to it. Completely out of balance, and I love that about it.
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i could drink this by the gallons, of course my liver would shrivel up and die, but it would be worth it. a total C-hop assault. awesome DIPA. my only, all be it, minor criticism is that its very cloudy, looks like a wheat beer, but thats being picky. one of GL best brews.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 On tap at the brewpub. Aroma: Sweet malt, floral and pine hops, a touch of citrus, and a subtle earthiness that lurks under the surface like its namesake. The hops really jump out in the aroma, the more so as it warms. Appearance: orange/gold and very hazy. Head was small and frothy and didnít last long. Good lacing. Flavor: Very sweet malt initially and then the hops come forward. Perfumey floral, piney, and citrus hops. Finish has a nice bitterness which is tempered by the underlying sweetness. Iím getting a subtle earthiness in the flavor, as well. Palate: Full bodied and almost sticky on the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Finish was full of hop flavor, but could have been a little dryer. Overall: A very good IIPA. Full, rich, and with a huge hop aroma and flavor. Iím gonna have to get more before they run out.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a hand-bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh and kp: Pours a lightly hazy golden bronze with a thin wispy and lightly-lacing head. Earthy, fresh, piney bitter hoppy aroma has a touch of caramel malt. Body starts with light sweetness turning more dry, earthy and bitter toward the mildly sticky finish. Could use a touch more citrusy flavor, but still a nice double IPA.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this at the Great Lakes Tasting in Fairfield, OH at Jungle Jims International Market. I want to compare this to the Burning River, but its double that. Piney, and citrusy, with a candi like sweetness. Amazing hoppy aroma, just screaming at you to tell you what the flavor coming up will be like. No failing, it is very hoppy, lingering long after youíve swallowed. Strong malts, and almost silky smooth.I Would love to have this again, unfortunately, it is not bottled, and only available at the brewery. Highly recommended.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to KP & Brentfeesh. Poured a slightly hazy gold color. Hoppy aroma is floral, citrusy, and earthy. Light fruit. Flavor has a sweet beginning that quickly turns piney and citrusy and drys out. Leaving you with a bitterness the fills your whole mouth. It isnít overpowering though.
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Brentfeesh for sending this hand bottled sample to me!
The pour is a dark orange with a slight haze under an average sized head.
Malty pine aroma comes easily.
Lightly sweet with a good hoppy bitterness to balance things out nicely, all delivered with a full, smooth mouth feel. Very nice IIPA indeed. Thanks Brent!
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This Imperial IPA, is the emperor of IPAs if you ask me. The color is a cloudy golden yellow, with a long lasting head. The body is thick and covers the palate very well. The aroma and flavor is very very strong and very full of hops, fruit, and some citrus. And the alcohol really hits you, but you canít tell from the amazing flavor. WOW!
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Picked this up in growler form on a trip to Ohio (2/06). Pours cloudy orange from my growler with a light head. Very floral aroma, bouquet of nuts, pine, and citrus peal. Citrus flavor with a bitter-dry pine/citrus finish. Malt body is significant (light caramel) and provides a great pallet for the hops to be showcased. Light carbonation (likely due to growler time). Lightly sweet. Creamy medium body. Not a bad 2IPA. Iíll likely polish off my second growler this weekend.
Tried this again from my second growler and Iíve bumped my score up one more point. More of a citrus aroma in this one and a better taste. No reason for this except for my taste buds (perhps). 3.9