zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - AUG 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste: 8/8 Bottle. Looks: Gold/copper, nice creamy clinging foam. Aroma: Blended hops/pine,floral,citrus. Sweet caramel malt.Taste: Nice and bold, complex hops, good malt body. Mouthfeel and finish are smooth. I like a tad more malt, but you start heading into double IPA with this abv.
doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As stated, a very fresh, hoppy aroma. I felt it was a little bit one dimensional and could have used a bit more maltiness to better balance out the brew.
But no doubt a hop lover’s dream.
CamdenD (1161) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good hop bitterness and strength all the way through. Balanced and heavy. True to its name, this beer stands up quite well to others’ IPAs in the region.
soyorganic (305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap: copper color. Wonderful hop aroma with sweet malt notes. Nice hop bite with a subtle sweetness. This reminded me of the Yards IPA, but better and with more of a hop character. I will keep this one in mind.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very very hopped. Piney, resinous. Bitterness is lasting. Body is pretty full, not too sweet, but not thin or watery. Pretty complex hop character. Bitterness was a bit overpowering I thought, slight soapy-ness as well.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surely a classic. A nice amber body with a nice white head that had great lacing and perfect retention. Aroma was rich with pine notes and some soapy notes. Flavor was rich with hops but had a great malty quality to it, mostly citrus but some sweetness to it.. Finish was smooth and the palate was full.
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice strong and clean aromas of grapefruit, pine and forest and some subtle caramel malt. Large head and remains sudsy till the end with lots of traces of lacing, dark cloudy amber color body, strong flavors of the same as the aromas, not too extreme as some sweetened malts restrain the bitterness, finish is bitter and somewhat extreme but refined. Good Brew, will drink again.
Grovlam (4199) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Large fin bubbled white head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Somewhat cloudy amber color. Aroma of pine needle, grapefruit, citrus, oily chewy hoppy feel. Nice underlying fruity and mild malty notes with a hint of caramel. Medium to almost full body with an average carbonation and dry texture. Moderated bitter flavor with good counter sweetness. Dry bitter lingering finish. Very well brewed IPA.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle a clear amber color with a nice fluffy white head. The pine and floral smell really came through in the aroma, just setting the table for what was to come. The beer had an intense hop flavor, but it didn’t overwhelm the senses and go too far over the top.
Maddog (501) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
6 pack from Belmont Party Supply. This is a truly special IPA, and I judge IPA’s harshly. This beer is upfront hops at its finest. A rare combination of citrus and piney hops, this beer’s flavor also contains some malty sweetness as well. Any homebrewer knows that Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade hops is an All Star Team. At $14.99 this IPA is quite expensive, but it has the qualities of many Imperials. What an incredible finish, sour, bitter and pungent.