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 jjpm74’s 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.
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, his bottle. Dark hazy orange, rust, really dark, thick foamy white head. Looks great. Weak aroma - some citrus. Very weird taste - all orange citrus, english style caramel malt up front and then wham! Spicy citrus hops. Reminds me of a UK style Barleywine. Almost tasted a little stale, but we confirmed this was a very fresh bottle, so I guess those are the hops?? Weird stuff, I can’t say I really enjoyed it, even though there was lots going on.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber on 7/5/07 at my brother’s house in Clevleand. Pours out a brilliantly clear orange with a white head that shows pretty good durablility. Aroma of fresh toffee with a lot of citrus thrown in. Medium body and carbonation and a nicely resinous mouthfeel and a bit of chewiness. Starts off quite malty, but the hops come on quickly with bitter citrus and a long very dry finish.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room. Pours a hazy orange amber brew with a thin white head that quickly dissolves to a fine film and white ring. Aroma of distinct grassy hops, a light roasted caramel malt with some citrus peel in the background. Taste is slightly fruity with the typical IPA hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finish is thick with a lingering grapefruit hop aftertaste.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear golden body with an average white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor of hops and caramel malt with a bitter, somewhat sticky finish.
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 8/21/12 re-rate. Higher alcohol in the nose with a hint of fresh hop. Slightly hazy amber body. Nice lace. Fairly hot. Good flavor though. Nicw beer that could use a little aging time. 7/7/07: Bottle RBSG. Green hop aroma. Totally murky amber. Weird floaties at the bottom. Not a fan of the hop variety. Grows on you. Good, not great.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured amber with off white head. Aroma of pine and hops. Flavor was mostly hops with a light caramel malt background. Hints of citrus throughout. Big thanks to Matt for this one.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2007: Frothy head on copper color. Smells like citrus, taste fruity like wild young grapes.
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 (11/3/07, 22oz bottle, thanks mj) Off-white head with cloudy apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/grapefruit, light bread/caramel. taste is moderately sweet, lemon/orange, caramel/bread, light grapefruit. Medium body. Seems light for a IIPA. (5/3/7/3/13)
(RBSG07, 22oz bottle) Beige head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/spruce. Taste is medium sweet, lemon/grapefruit, light orange. Medium-full body, some stickiness. (7/3/6/4/13)
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 RBSG07. From 75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a orange head. Aroma is lovely fruity hops with a note of grapefruit. Flavour is malty sweet and fruity sweet as well, well balanced. Finish is sweet malty. 7-4-8-4-16=3.9
75 cL bottle, thanks to sk8viking. Pours hazy orange with a white lacing head. Soapy aroma with a slight fruity note. Flavour is malty sweet, raisin notes. Finish is grapefruity to dry bitter finish. Nice.7-4-7-4-15