grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber thanks to DYCSoccer17. Slightly hazy golden straw color. Quite profuse, long-lasting head. Lighter in color than many of the IIPAs Iíve had lately, but I I think this is to style. I definitely get the Summit coming through in the aroma - lots of grapefruit and strong pineyness here, layered with a light smattering of tropical fruits. Relatively muted, though. Lightly doughy initial maltiness supplanted quickly by a jagged, cutting pine forest. Medium ethanol notes exude through and tingle the nostrils (perhaps a bit much). It leaves you with a light bit of sweetness and moderate (for an IIPA) level of bitterness to ponder. Also a slightly warming ethanol sensation. The second beer that Iíve (knowingly) tried with Summit, and very similar (I liked the other one too). Nice beer.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Orangish amber, fairly clear, large foamy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing, no real carbonation to speak of.   Very
heavy pine and citrus peel nose.   Heavy citrus peel on the tongue.   Bitterness isnít big, nor are the malts.   Seems more of a
1Ĺ IPA.   If you like citrus peel, this is your beer.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate... certainly less than I would have
expected.   Having recently had Oskar Blues Gordon on tap, I gotta say that this one would dissapoint me.   Good, but just seems not
to be big enough.   Smooth, fairly clean, well balanced, but not at the level I thought it would be.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This and Moylander IIPA are what I rate all other Imperial IPAís on. At least when it comes to somewhat readily available IIPAís. I have not had Three Floyds Dreadnaught, and apparently that is the best IIPA, but this is pretty much it for me. Intense pine floral aroma. As it warms I also get a little fruit punch from the malt. The beer is a golden orange color. The flavor really is dominated by the 101 IBUís. I get a ton of pine. It is balanced by the malt only slightly, but it is pretty much a hop bomb. A little bit of floral bitterness too. Very resiny on the palate. Dry and heavy mouthfeel. This is my favorite IIPA.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle- color of dark orange , with a decent off white head - nose of fresh hops , pine , mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts Ė taste of fresh hops , slight mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts - body is smooth, but too watery , and with low to medium carbonation Ė aftertaste of some metallic , hops , and resin
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy orange caramel, off white head. The aroma is quite unique on this one. I smell intensely fresh hops and apricot. The flavor is hops, apricot, walnut, wheat, floral. Very flavorful and fresh. This is one of my favorite Imperial IPAs.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoo! The resiny pine hop aroma is so intense that it suggests fresh cat p... Joking, I think. Fantastic aroma. Hazy orange amber color with a mobile white head that enthusiastically laces. The start is like evergreen. I donít taste citrus, but pineapple I can believe. The mouthfeel is firm. Itís almost smooth. The mouth impact is hop. 101 IBU? Can that be measured? It has legs like good wine. Or at least the illusion of such. Itís almost creamy. Finish? My mouth is probably finished for the evening. No way that hop is wearing off soon. I have no idea why this is not on the "best" list.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled on 1/20/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a nicely-lacing thin white head. Aroma of sweet light caramel malt and good fresh grapefruity hops. Body starts fairly full, malty and sweet with a good grapefruity citrus hoppy balance toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A nice double IPA.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 [260-20070413] 1pt6floz (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, jerc, mds, tupalev). Pine resin pineapple aroma with sweet citrus and slight body odour/feet characteristics. Hazy, orange body with few bubbles and a quick bubbly white head. Very sweet pine bite in the flavour, very pineapple. Bitter medium body. Too hopjuicy for me but it blends better after you get used to it. (9/4/6/3/14) 3.6
[1332B-20080508] 1pt6floz bottle. Pine evergreen hops aroma has some orange resin notes. Clear, orange amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Super bitter grassy resin evergreen flavour is all fresh. Bitter medium body. Definitely a bitter bite. (7/3/8/3/17) 3.8
(w/ jerc, manuchampions)
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A rich golden color, relatively clear, with a big foamy white head. Grapefruit, apricot, citrus and hoppy grass aroma. A enough of a malt base to not leave me hanging in a sea of dry bitterness. Sweet and hoppy (pine) flavors with a nice spice. Nicely balanced and hides the alcohol.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at a gathering of TN Ratebeerians a couple months ago; thanks to illinismitty for sharing. Creamy eggshell tan head, big and lasting over a hazy, pale orange beer. Smell is wonderfully delicate, flowery and leafy hops with grassy notes. In the mouth, an initial malt baseline of dusty grains gives way to grapefruit and orange. The fruit flavors are full and round on a firm body. The fruit persists into the finish, where flowery hops reemerge on top. A vein of grassiness lives all the way through from start to finish, most noticeable as the fruits die away and the salty, dirty bitterness emerges on the sides. The finish lingers for days. Iím really surprised that this isnít rated higher. Maybe we just had a really good bottle in Nashville.