Lowe1983 (1319) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at the GLB brew pub. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a thin white head. Slight citrus aroma with hops. Taste is the same. A very bitter aftertaste that wasn’t evident after the beer first hits your tastebuds. The bitterness was quite delicious. I’d love to see this brew being sold elsewhere besides the brewpub because I live too far away to get it.
Tmoney99 (9981) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted a MRAF in Columbus. Cloudy dark amber with a medium white head. Full hoppy and sweet aroma. Flavor was complex but pleasing with a medium to full body with a medium finish that was oily and medium bitter. Intense all-round and did not have a alcohol bite finish. Great brew to taste.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask version at Barley’s 3rd Annual Mini RAF (04/16/05): Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head. Thin lacing too. Nice hoppy and citrusy aroma. Medium-bodied and very smooth with a subtle but persistent hops flavor. This reminded me very much of the DFH 90 Minute on tap, which is definitely a good thing. There are also some citrus and pine flavors. The finish is slick and rather bitter. All in all this was a great way to kick off the event, an Imperial IPA as good as I knew GLBC could do it.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MRAF ’05. Pours a hazy golden/orange with a tiny white head. Faint citrus/grapefruit aroma. I think the firkin took away some of the big time hop flavor in this beer. There was a good hop presence in the beer, just not what I was expecting. Citrus hop flavor and faint in the aftertaste. A good beer.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Cloudy orange pour, white head. Citrus aroma. Flavor is citrus, orange, grapefruit, and resiny hops. Caramel malts fill the backbone of this adding a nice sweetness to the finish. Very drinkable and the bitterness isn’t harsh and this beer just taste good.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Has a perfume-like hop aroma, with some kind of unidentifiable scent that was not all that pleasant. Strong bitterness, particularly in the finish, grainy at times. While still good, the better offerings from this brewey overshadow this.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 Re-rate: draft @ brewery 8/06 - Rather cloudy dark yellow/orange color with small creamy white head. Aroma has notes of honey, grapefruit, white pepper, fair amount of slightly citrusy, slightly herbal hops. I think there’s at least some simcoe in here. Flavor is relatively malty, slightly nutty, with touches of caramel, and fair amount of slightly sharp herbal, earthy hops. Finish is balanced, a bit on the sweet side. Seems a little under-attenuated compared to other dIPA’s. Very nice.
Glad to see that Drew found out a name for this one. I asked the bartender, he said they hadn’t named it yet.
This was a nice brew. Dark copper brown color with smallish white head. Aroma was hops hops hops, more floral and pine than citrusy, with a bit of malt in the background. Flavor was strong, very hoppy and bitter throughout, alcohol presence is notable but not overpowering. There is some malt in there, but I wouldn’t call it "balanced." Nicely thick palate. Truly a beast of a brew, just an all out hop assalt. I really enjoyed it.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Tap during Burning River Fest ’04. Dirty yellow color, topped with a foamy white head. Sweet malt and flowery hops in the nose (fuggles, as told by the brewer). Quite mouthfilling. Bready sweet malt with a touch of crystal malt paired with dry, gritty hops. The hops really get rolling just as you start to swallow. Edgy, but that was what I was hoping for out of this Beast. Too many Imperial/ Doubles are too malty sweet for me, bordering on light colored barleywine, but not this. This was really just a huge IPA, perfect for my 100th rating! Kudos!
Update, April 2005: Still a majorly dank IPA, but with much more citrusy characteristics this time around. I’d knock a point off the aroma this time around.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the pub, Father’s Day 2004. Copper borwn/gold; hazy with a medium head and great lacing. Aroma was sweet, floral and very hoppy. Taste is thick, almost cloying but not quite; sweet malts - bready with hints of caramel. The hops seem to start midway through the taste - from the middle of the tongue on back - woody; oak not pine, becoming dry-er until all the malt sweetness is gone and I’m left with nothing but a shriveled tongue and a craving for another glass. It’s strength is not apparent until the glass is half empty, order another one now, while you can still speadk clearly.