kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ GLBC and 22 oz bottle 5/22/07: Orange colored liquid w/ a lasting off white head and alcohol legs on the glass. Big hop aromas of pine, citrus and floral! Also a bit resiny. The toasty and bready malts also come through and evens out the aroma as it warms. Just a touch of caramel. Some light alcohol notes, and pretty clean of fruity esters, other than hops & alcohol. Very well balanced flavor w/ bready malts and resiny/piney/citrusy hops. Starts a bit sweet, and finishes lightly bitter and semi dry. Some slightly chewy malts up front and light caramel, but has a lightly bitter and earthy herbal hop aftertaste.. Fuller medium body, lower CO2, warming alcohol. A pretty good, well balanced IIPA. Not as hoppy as some (good thing for me), but I think more well balanced than most overall between bitterness and flavor.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber sampled at Hopdog’s basement bar with Hopdog, Jasonmech77, and TomDecapolis. I had been seeking this one out recently and was enthusiastic about trying this one. Pours a hazy amber with an off white head. Mouthfeel has some a very faint syrupy texture. Initial flavor of pale malt, which is sweet with hints of toffee. The middle has a solid, but not overdone fresh hop bitterness. Semi-dry hoppy finish. This was good, but I had higher hopes for this since it was coming from Great Lakes.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with sliffy - Pours a hazy amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is floral, pine, and citrus hops. Flavor has a good bit of malt sweetnes with some hops in the background. Thick mouthfeel. Medium body. I was hoping for a little more, still a good beer. Thanks Dan.
hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks for answering my call for this one!). Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, all around juicy, sugary, and caramel. Tastes of light pine, caramel, sugary, and citrus. Alcohol content well hidden. Definitely on the sweeter side.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to jsquire for sending me this and to hopdog for sharing his bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange body with thin head. Light candy aroma - hops. Taste is a jumble of hops, yeast, a little sugary, caramel. This one wasn’t bad but with all the things this beer has, it doesn’t seem to work that well. It was more of a hop mess.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this. Pours a hazy deeper orange with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of pine, sugary malts, earthy, yeasty and grapefruit. Flavors of the same. Smooth and alcohol well hidden.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOW!!!! Thank you very much, Ron! This beer is big. Pours a light amber and hazy. Big grapefuit on the nose with some orange and carmel. Taste is great!!! Carmel, grapefruit, pears, orange, slight rye, sugar, sweet malt, and hops. Finish is refreshing! Not the finish I would expect fom a double IPA. Very good! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was a bit disappointed from last years batch which I had at the brewery. Nice colors, head , and aroma. All to make it a wonderful experience like last year, but this seemed to be the Monster from last years little brother that hangs out with Commadore Perry too much! Still a good beer, but at $10 for a 22oz. it’s a bit of a rip seeing that I can get the DreadNaught for less. Should be no more then $6 per 22 OZ. Bring back last years, please and knock off a few bucks GLBC!!!!!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Jeffmw! Amber color. Smell of hops, malt, orange peal/zest, grapefruit, caramel and brown sugar. Taste of the same but also some alcohol and hints of rye come into the picture. I was very dissapointed in this 2x IPA. Thought it was ok but the Commador Perry is better!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is pineycitrus with a caramelly malt backing, all somewhat surprisingly on the lighter side, taste is apricot, pine forest hop with a sweet caramel in back,and a tastey hop bitterness in finish,hard to believe this is 9% ABV,a fine blend of flavors,but so curiously light,more of a puppy then a monster. Thanks Kingpin