4nolanz (18) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draught at brew pub--not traditionally a IPA fan but this was pretty good. Hazy in color and well more palatable than expected. Creamy to the taste, and I enjoyed that. The entire Grumpy Troll brews were slightly above expectations.
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub
The final sample of the afternoon, this was a solidly made imperial IPA. While it did not blow my socks off like some bottled double IPAs can (such as Dreadnaught) it is very well done for a small brewpub. If you get the chance to try this and are anything of a hophead do not pass it up.
Aroma / Appearance - The bronze body had a trace amount of transparency underneath the thin oily head. The scent of peppery grapefruit combined with honey and cotton candy to create an in-the-face package. While it does not totally assualt the senses it is strong enough to leave an impression.
Flavor / Palate - A caramelized bitterness attaches itself to the inside of the mouth. Chocolate cheesecake comes next followed with honey and cream cheese. For an imperial IPA it certainly has an unusual kick. The hoppiness is the strength of this beer. I would recommend waiting until the end of the night to try it since it lingers for quite a while on the palate.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange body. White head. The aroma is very citrusy and piney. The flavor is really hoppy. Pine and grapefruit. Creamy full mouthfeel thatís very bitter. Slight chalkiness on the finish. Perhaps because they used too many hops?
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Named in honor of Margaret Thatcher. Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear dark orange color. head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Smelled of malty caramel, toasted bread, and light grapefruity hops. Smooth on the tongue with moderate hop bitterness. Tastes of grapefruit, malty caramel, and a touch of alcohol.