AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden with a medium, dense, lasting head. Big citrus, grapefruit, aroma. Nice lacework covers the glass. Big bitterness hits the tongue with a slight sweetness, bitterness lingers on. Awesome. Body is just perfect. Thick enough to stand up to the huge bitterness and alcohol. And even a bit of malt to back everything up. Brilliant.
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear gold straw with a white, doughy head. Nose is big on citrus, apple and melon. Light strawberry with subtle caramel-banana. In contrast, taste starts with a sharp, dry pith bitterness countered with a dash of pineapple. Another wave of bittering washes in leaving juniper and capers. A little harsh for my taste but hop freaks should love it. Quite fruity with spicy food.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 mL bottle. Hazy deep yellow amber with fluffy white head. Aroma of pine and hemp. Thick chewy and very bright palate. Initial taste of tangy sweet malt with some fruit character transitioning to a piney hemp taste and finishing with a semi-dry bitterness and a lingering hoppy perfume in the back of the throat. Wow, this is good.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy deep golden orange with a creamy off-white medium head that leaves a lot of lacing behind. Strong sweet hoppy aroma with orange, grapefruit and perhaps canteloup melons. Very appealing. Strong bitter hoppy taste with a thin clear bitter body. Noticable warming effect. This is great stuff, but in making it an imperial IPA, they’e lost the citrusy flavour of the standard GF IPA. It’s still very very good.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Odeed for the bottle. 22 oz. bomber pours an orange-yellow color with small white short-lived head. Not much lacing to it. Very sweet grapefruit and orange smell along with some floral hops in the aroma. Didn’t seem to be as hoppy as I thought it would be. You can tell they’re there, but only lurking in the background. The sweet citrus comes through much more prevalent than the hops do unfortunately. Still very good though and would definitely seek out.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Went 0-2 on guessing the hops here but oh well. I really enjoyed it regardless. Amber orange with a moderately large head, solid lacing and retention. Aroma is citrusy fruity hops with a tad bit of grapefruit and caramel. Medium bodied with a farily bitter finish. I really enjoyed this because it uses hops that most IIPAs don’t use. It is very tasty and isn’t more of the same. If evey IIPA had summit and nugget hops I would have enjoyed this much less.
Reid (1968) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 22 oz bomber.
Nice slightly hazed dark orange coloured beer, with a nice looking off white frothy,thick head.
Pungent hoppy aroma, transcending the usual pine..till I get a whiff of green onion! All hop.
Very bitter indeed, grapefruit, pine,crab apples,thankfully none of the "green onion" makes it to the taste, but this is all mouth puckering juicy bitterness. I believe the 101 IBU!
Ok mouthfeel , though the unrelenting bitterness does challenge the taste buds.
Overall an OK beer..for sure a great one for hopheads.
But for me it went just too far.
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy tannish gold. Extremely fine head settles to an incomplete cap, which leaves some lace.
Wild hop nose - lots of piney, sappy notes, combined with a peachy citrus note. With time, some pineapple and sweat come out. No hint of malt.
Big hop flavor in the mouth as well. There is a penetrating bitterness throughout. Tons of citrus and sappy pine. There is a wooliness to it, presumably from all of the raw hop. There must be some malt in there somewhere, but I never tasted it - its sole purpose seems to be to provide a pulpit for the hops to preach from. Long, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit furry from all of the hops. Drinkable, but I prefer some discernible malt in both the nose and the palate. I was surprised this has a lot of Summit in it - the few other beers I’ve had that were hopped with that beers have tasted of scallions to me, so this was a pleasant surprise. Also, the 9+% alcohol was well hidden.
presario (4729) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chicago Trip. Friday 09:30. A beer to kick off the trip before we go to the airport. Rich but not overpowering pine and citrus hop aroma. Golden beer with thick lasting (permanent) head. All hops but very drinkable. Is it really 101 IBUs. Interesting how some IBUs taste of different strengths. Residual medicinal spruce/pine and citrus.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Liars club. Hazy golden with good white head. All hops and earthy pine on the nose. Rich on the palate and smooth. Bitter, and citrus fruity with great length of flavors. Pleasant aftertaste. Very nice.