Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
itís september 2nd and i am sitting here with my teeth chattering and having a beer at 11 in the morning after quitting my job. this pours a hazed dark yellow that looks like honey with a clingy yellow head. aroma wasnít so much a slap in the face with hops as a firm shove. smells like wet grass wrapped around a sugar daddy. hop flavors dominate everything here. another bottle of hop juice. iím going to start at the end and work my way back, dry finish that really emphasizes the grass hop flavor, before that was a bit of caramel with a think pine syrup texture. and starting it all off was just anonymous bitterness that i could not put a flavor to. a good one for the hop heads, but i am really starting to lean away from this kind of beer, ah iíll keep it in mind if my tastes come back around, after all i went through a span where a lot of belgian beers werenít doing it for me and i snapped out of that.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green Flash tasting @ RFDís and bottled: Pours to a clear, copper-yellow colored body with a medium white head that sticks on the outside of the glass. The aroma fills the nose with hops - citrus, grapefruit, pine, fresh dry-hopped grass scents, hop leaves, very bitter. Taste is bitter hops right up front, grapefruit, citrus, fruit, pine, this one is all about showcasing the hops and it does it well. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes with extended citrus/floral hops.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bottle. Dark copper color with lots of little floaters, interesting effect but would have been a 5/5 with a little more consistent haziness. Creamy head that forms little peaks and valleys, leaves awesome lacing. Huge, arresting floral hop smell, unfortunately tastes a bit weak by comparison. A bit thin on the palate, zippy grapefruit hop that moves into a buttery malt and a smooth, faintly spicy finish.
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My vote for Best of Show at the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival in Richmond, 8/26/06: An amber beer with a nice light hoppy nose. But it delivers a robust grapefruity bite. Wonderful resin. Outstanding.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle via trade with kenb. Aroma: lemon and grapefruit hops. A lotta grapefruit. Some medium pineiness and a touch of floral. Behind all that thereís a hint of caramel and some breadiness. Appearance: Light copper or dark amber depending on the light. Pretty hazy. Off-white head was full and frothy. Diminished quickly into a light foam floating on the surface. Nice lacing. Flavor: Lots of grapefruit flavor, including some pithy bitterness. Strong pine and a nice floral note. Some caramel and biscuity flavors and a touch of malt sweetness support all that hop flavor. Bitterness is pretty strong and lingers for a good amount of time. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Bitterness carries over into the finish. Finish wasnít quite as dry as I would have liked. Overall: A good, solid west coast IPA. Great hop aroma and flavor, and a nice strong bitterness. Bitterness lingers a little too long for my tastes and the finish is a little sweeter than it should be.
bhensonb (10935) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazingly fresh grapefruit aroma. Coppery amber color with virtually no head. Starts with a piney impact, then that great grapefruit bitterness. Finally some malt shows up in time to disappear under hops and hops and hops. Medium thick, nice level of carbonation, and the bitterness just lasts and lasts.
IndianaRed (2384) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<!-- B -->Bottle<!-- /B --> Pours a hazy copper with an average sized off white head and nice sturdy lacing. Lots of citrusy lemony hops in the aroma. Some hints of apple cider as well. Flavor is quite bitter up front and then a remarkable rush of full deep malt flavor following. Lots of flavor from both sides and a quite strong lasting biotter bite. A nice strong in your face IPA. Curious what their "Imperial IPA would be like. Thanks to <!-- B -->Kenb<!-- /B --> for this little gem.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured a hazy pale copper with a nice lasting off white head. Aroma of floral citrus hops with a sweet carmel malt present. Taste has a big hop profile with good bitterness and a nice dry finish. A good IPA with a lot of hops.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very citrusy, and all sorts of grapefruit in the smell and taste. The hop selection for this beer could not be much better. Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade. For a hop head like myself you could not ask for much more in an ipa. To me this beer reminded me of dreadnaught. Not that it held a candle to dreadnaught...but this is what I think the ipa version of the double ipa dreadnaught would taste like. Very good stuff, and an excellent ipa. I would love to be able to locally get this stuff, as it would quickly became a regular in my session beer rotation.
raphael (876) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
complex aroma, fresh pineapple, distant pine. bitter on tongue but smooth, light touch. intense flavor, grapefruit with almost enough sugar, some harsh rindy-note, but voerall challenging in a good way.