thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
JSquire, Hotstuff and I had this at a tasting party at his house last night. This $3.99 bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a hazy light orange brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was piney hoppy and malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a piney hop aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt and piney hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in NB Worthy glassware from the PP 12-hour fest: Pours a illuminating golden hue topped by a big fluffy white head and produced excellent lacing in itís wake.
The aroma is dominated by floral and pungent hop vapours. I noted pine, lemongrass, orange and grapefruit zest, hint of clove and anise, biscuity and toffee malt, and a dash of aromatic sugars. The taste is extreme juicy up front with a citric twang and support by smash mouth bitterness. The middle displays a note of malty sweetness for balance and then it finishes off with mild peppery undertones. The aftertaste is dry and a touch soapy after a while. The mouth feel is aggressive at first with acidic and bitter snap but mellows into a easy to approach beer. Again, the aftertaste feel is the weakness of the brew, much too chalky and medicinal.
Overall a good brew in moderation but it tends to lose it power after one glass. I would try it again however to see if better on a fresher palate as it was my 3rd IIPA of the night.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz bomber. Pours to a hazy, pale golden color, with a thick and creamy, white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, as it just explodes with zesty and frangrant aromas of pine and citrus. The palate is firm, with lots of good pale and biscuit malt flavor, paired with a wonderful, candied citrus/hop flavor. This beer finishes with more good malt and hop flavors up front, then ends with a very bitter, citus/pine hop bite that lingers. This beer is an outstanding Imperial IPA, and hides it 9% abv very well. A dangerously drinkable beer at that strength, so beware. This beer is the ultimate after work cocktail beer, and would make a fantastic aperitif, and a great beer to match with spicy foods. Impressive.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly light bodied for an Imperial. Pale dark straw color. Big white head. Not much aroma. Flavor is unique, its pretty grassy and citrusy hop flavor with not a ton of bitterness. More fresh hop like flavor then bitterness and a light malty flavor. Also the alcohol is extremely well hidden. In the final result i like this beer but i cant believe this is an Imperial, tastes like a regular Ipa.
billk (352) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 Tap @ Hamiltonís, SD. Good basic Imp IPA. Not outstanding but happy to get it while in SD, and had quite a few. Touch of apple fruit in the just into full bodied, light to medium roasted malt mix. Decent, fresh hop flavor & bitterness. Nice clean taste. Alcohol very well integrated.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Bought in CO, drank within a week of purchase. Served in a Duvel tulip right out of the beer fridge. Hay colored with a finger high off-white head. Aroma is strong, in a way, but muted at the same time. Maybe it is the lack of huge citrus or pine and instead an aroma of sweet onions and to a lesser extent, tropical fruits, including coconut. Taste is wildflower honey, citrus and tropical fruit, and some earthiness, almost an onion skin flavor. Hop bitterness is apparent, but seemingly not as much as their West Coast IPA. Nice mouthfeel, full at first with a lingering, moderate bitterness. I have been wanting to drink a beer made with a large percentage of Summit hops, so I can see what they are about and this beer accomplishes that.
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mmmm. Do I smell liquid weed fromt his hippie-infused DIPA? There is definately a strong herbal aroma punching up through the righteous alphalfa layer of hops. Tasty, tasty and more tasty. What we have gentlemen (and beer-geeky women of course, who are always the hottest girls out there) is a voluminous amount of grassy, resinous, piney hops that oh-so-gracefully sheath a toffee-rich malt saber of beer awesomeness. Really, this a fantastic, uniquely constructed "San Diego" style IPA that loves what it is and struts itís stuff like a fabulously confident transvesdite. Good stuff dear Green Flash. Now if you would just start brewing the Reaper beers again...
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Naven. Amber orange color. Smell of hops, minor citrus, malt, hints of pine, hints of grass and caramel. Tastes the same but more malt flavor than the citrus. I hoped there would be more citrus flavor in this one. Still an ok IPA.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber in Colorado on 3/23/07 poured a clear gold and offered up a large rocky white head with excellent durability and lace. Monster fresh hop aroma is backed up by light toffee. Medium body and resinous mouthfeel that nicely fits the style, and without obvious evidence of the high ABV. Caramel base flavors juxtaposed to the grapefruit bitterness that brings on and extended dry finish. Really nice Imperial IPA for hopheads.
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hamiltonís, San Diego. Pale golden beer with a thick creamy white head. Massive hop aroma, perhaps even greater than their regular IPA with more sweet tropical fruit character. Mango, pineapple, and juicy fruit character. There is also a touch of herbal hop aroma behind the fruity aromatics. Very lean body leaving just fruity sweet hops, grapefruit, pine, and chewy hop resins. Seems less bitter than the regular IPA because itís a little bit less resinous. As I approach the bottom of the pint, the hops begin to taste a bit soapy, but itís still a great pint.