BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to illinismitty for sharing this bottle with us at the Nashville Tasting! Poured an amber color with an off white head. Big pine aromas that reminded me of being in upstate NY for Christmas with all the fresh cut pine bows. The flavor found pine, apricot, and a slight earthiness. Moderate sweetness up front with a mild bitter ending. Medium body and smooth. Real nice IIPA!!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Dark gold/light amber in color with a thick white head. Citrus/pine abounds, but I get some biscuit-like yeastiness as well. Long finish of steady hop bite.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Beer is clear, light amber brown. Head is initially smallish, white, frothy. Diminishes slowly into a mist on the surface and a skirt on the glass.<P>
The aroma is as close to pine cleaner as I’d ever care to find in something I’m about to ingest. Hoppy with Heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit and orange oils; Malty with light notes of toasted grain, cookie; Yeasty with a trace of dough, light-to-moderate note of dirty damp dish rag; Light note of vanilla.<P>
The flavor is heavily bitter, moderately sweet with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish. Moderate warmth.<P>
The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>
Not a fan of unbalanced, heavy hop, but I did like the sparkle of orange oil and the vanilla in the nose. None the less, this wasn’t very drinkable or enjoyable for me.
Ernest (7118) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially large, creamy/frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin, lemon), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Relatively ordinary. Lighter bodied than the ABV would suggest. One-dimensional hop-centric nose with little but grapefruit rind and resin to offer...really unfortunate, considering the wonderful depth in the equally hoppy Barleywine. Decent flavor balance without the typical abrasiveness of most west coast IPAs. The appearance is probably the best thing about it...big, creamy, lasting head is a joy to the eye. Otherwise forgettable.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium-sized off-white head and descent lacing. Aroma of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and light spruce. Flavor of pineapple, citrus, and malt with a bitter finish.
Kinz (3661) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5th Richmond Gathering, 4th stop on the crawl was Capital Alehouse, downtown. Tap. Medium hazy orange, light head. Big spicy pine and earth aroma. Flavor matches, with a bit of toffee malt backbone. Really good stuff here.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tons of pineapple and citrus in the nose. Glowing, slightly cloudy golden in appearance. Bitter grapefruit and pineapple flavor with enough malty sweetness to keep it real. Very creamy. Slight alcohol burn, but not much. Nice. Thanks Axl!
OldGrowth (3098) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from trade with AxlLives. Good aroma, Sweet. Citrus, pine. Lemon, lime, Grapefruit, a toasty graininess kicks in, sort of biscuity. Clean brownish orange color, ok head that faded quickly. Good lace. Bitter flavor, grapefruit takes over. Little cardboard/papery thing too. ABV is noticeable. Medium body, sticky viscous mouthfeel, Bitter finish, Stale taste kind of lingers. Well, it’s what a IIPA should be, but the astringent/stale thing keeps it from being great.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber body with medium sized off-white head. The aroma is sweet caramel, grapefruit, herbal and catty. The flavor is moderately sweet, caramel, toffee, tea, citrus, pine and floral. Medium body, fairly lifeless body.
DocLock (9239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Bottle from State Line. The pour is turbid orange with 1-finger off-white head. The aroma is massive, coupling caramel malt, huge citrus and tropical fruit (mango, tangerine, pineapple, honeydew, star fruit), plus a solid dose of fresh black and white cracked pepper. The palate is rich, dense, hefty, complex, hoppy, and with the bevy of citrus fruits listed above. This one is like a slightly toned down version of Southern Tier IIPA, with a dash of Dreadnaught. Yeah man!!!!!!!!