Grovlam (4170) - 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 (474) - 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 IPAís harshly. This beer is upfront hops at its finest. A rare combination of citrus and piney hops, this beerís 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.
stchloe (896) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
OBF ’07 And this one time I drank a hop bud. The IBU is over 100, holy hell this is good. A must for any true IPA fan.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Re-rate. I donít know if I was just in a weird place with hops when I last reviewed this beer or if the batch has changed significantly (or just Iíve had Palate Wrecker since then). Draught. Bright grapefruit aroma with pine and orange. Cloudy brown with a thin white head and great lacing. Firm bitterness, but a significant malt presence that balances, along with lots of juicy hop flavor. Rough on the palate, but appropriately so. Finishes dry with lingering hop flavors.
Draught. Strong hop aroma, grapefruit and pine. Pours a clear amber with a thin head. Flavor is poorly balanced, mostly a strong hop bitterness with very little depth. This is what happens when you throw all your hops in at the beginning of your boil. This isnít even a hop-bomb, itís an IBU bomb, and that just makes for a harsh undrinkable overrated mess of a beer. 7/4/3/1/7
Lowe1983 (1393) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is mostly of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Flavor is pretty bitter from the hops with a hint of the caramel malts. Bitter, lingering flavor on the finish. Pretty good.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle - pours clear and dark orange with thin white head; soapy, sweet hops; crisp and killer bitters; smells as good as most double IPA’s but with a very light and thin body; a little sweetness is there, but this basically a straight bitter bomb
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark orange to amber brown. Clear and almost transparent. Very strong hop aroma, some orange juice aroma in there also. The falvor is bitter bitter bitter. BITTER BEER FACE. Bitter hops, some clean citrus and pine but the bitterness lingers. Palate is full but bitter. BITTER!
larsniclas (6186) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with a medium, off-white head.
Loads of grassy hoppiness and sweet malt in the aroma.
Flowery, perfume-ish hops in the flavour with a distinct bitterness.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bottle. Wow!!!!!! This is what an American style IPA should be. Orangish color, solid head, good lacing. Tons of fruity, citrusy, beautiful hop aroma, with just a touch of malt sweetness lurking in the background. The flavor is everything that I desire in a well-crafted IPA. A solid malt backing that carries all of the hop goodness but doesnít intrude on the overall flavor. Such a nice blend of bitterness and flavor in the blend of hops. It get resiny and sticky towards the finish. This may be my new favorite IPA.