dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Seems like more than 101 IBUs, hops are definitely the main feature here. Moderate to strong Carbonation, the Alcohol is highly evident. Not quite as refined or complex as I like my Imperial IPAs, could possibly do better with a little bit less alcohol.
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Wetherel! Given Green Flashís West Coast IPA, I was expecting an aggressive blast of hops all over the place. This really wasnít that. The nose was hoppy, sure, but nothing ridiculous. I got strong orange and pot in the nose with some sweet floral scents. I gotta say, this one is pretty unique for the style. The bitterness hits me in the back regions of my palate, hard. Nothing really strikes me up front. More residual dryness is noted on this one. It feels like garlic on my tongue, but has a lot of citrus flavor. The bright citrus/pine blast Iím accustomed to from this style is morphed a bit here. I found this to be a unique delivery of bitterness with more emphasis on grass, vegetation, and a very, very dry pine needle finish. This one wasnít that resinous, all things considered. Now, Iím not sure how long this bottle has sat around, perhaps it did lose a bit of its edge. But as it stands, there are very strong flavors of fresh hops that make me believe it canít be too old. I liked the unique flavor on this one, but thought it could stand a bit more oomph.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, thanks to NachlamSie, shared with Tronraner and NachlamSie. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a lasting white head. The aroma is of pine, citrusy fruits such as grapefruit, orange, and lemon, and hops. At a claimed 101 IBU, Iím surprised at how bearable its bitterness is. It actually isnít really as bitter as I thought itíd be. The flavour is very clean with pine, citrus, and hops and the finish is very dry. The finish isnít too intense in bitterness either. Reading the previous rates, Iím beginning to believe that this bottle may have been aged for some time to lose its hopsy bitterness. Either way, itís very tasteful.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by NachlamSie. Pours a cloudy gold with whitish head. The aroma has lots of orange, vague pineapple, some cookies, and even some onion-like acidity. The flavor is an acidic orange with some lemon and honey. Bitterness is strong, but not mindblowing. The malts are clean and sweet throughout, and the hops citrusy. The finish is slightly tart. Pretty good.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 22 oz. bottle. Pours slightly cloudy but translucent orange-amber. Aroma is full-on citrus hops; grapefruit with some alcohol. Flavor is intensely bitter with citrus and overly skunky cat piss hops dominating as well as some out-of-place cloyingly sweet flavor in the back. Finished dry. Palate was medium to medium-full and carbonation was moderate. Generally smooth but had some alcohol burn. Overall, I thought this was a pretty messy DIPA. Kind of like a mutated GF West Coast IPA which I thought was solid. This version is bigger but also quite unbalanced.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of Adrian910ss (thanks!). Pours a clear golden yellow with a sizable off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, floral, citrus, and some light pine. Flavor is bitter hops, with some residual grapefruit rind. Palate is medium, carbonation is medium-high, with a lingering bitterness and minimal maltiness to tame things down. Overall, not a bad IIPA, and a solid offering from GF.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of KingG. Huge hop aroma. Smack in your face hops. Tons of grapefruit. A great follow up to there West Coast IPA.
Boutip (5693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a deep copper color ale with huge foamy head with perfect retention and some good lacing. Aroma of red grapefruit is astonishing and up there with the best of the style. Taste is also dominated by some red grapefruit with some medium bitterness and some light caramel malt. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this hop bombs is definitely better then standard IIPA out there.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: I was looking foward to trying this one. Their West Coast IPA is probably my favorite IPA so I was hoping this would be twice as good. Well, while not twice as goo it is at least nearly as good. This is probably the first time Iíve preferred a brans IPA to their double IPA. Still a great beer. But I had to choos, Iíd have the West Coast IPA.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light orangey amber with a small, white head that left good lacing which looked like abstract art. The aroma was heavy citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops. The initial flavor was moderately to heavily bitter, while the finsh was moderately sweet and bitter with a long duration. The medium to full body was dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Bottle. Nice orange-yellow pour with a dense head. Good full hop aroma and malt profile. Alcohol is detectable, but matches well with the resiny notes. Full flavored with a long, lingering bitter finish. Very well done. Rerate - had on cask at Blind Tiger. Soapy and really floral. Really an excellent beer on cask.