HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with tupalev, my bottle. Poured cloudy orange with visible bits in the bottom, huge fluffy off-white lasting head. A truly huge hop aroma, resin/citrus/spruce-pine, with herbal, tea and oddly enough soap character, sweet fruity malt in the background - very balanced/bitter and compelling, I’d go 9/10 without the odd hint of soap/coriander. Taste - bitter, oh my yes it’s bitter, grapefruit pith, resin, less spruce and more herbal character, enough OJ-sweet malt to balance it, but the finish is very long, moderately complex and weirdly alcohol-burny for a 7% - felt more like 10%. Interesting mouthfeel - very thick for an IPA, and while it doesn’t look or seem all that carbonated, we could only take small sips as it was very very lively, you had to beware gulping (not that I would) ... plent of astringency, alcohol and even acidic character, nice long linger on the tongue. I found the overactive mouthfeel took away from my overall enjoyment a wee bit, but still an amazing and very alive beer.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange color with a huge white pillowy head and good lacing. Big grapefruit aroma. Flavor is well balanced with citrus hops and bitterness mellowed by a sweet malt background. Lingering bitterness at the finish leaving a nice aftertaste. Very enjoyable.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(RATING NUMBER 900!bottle from liquid solutions)super murky orange body with a thick white head that leaves a huge coat of webing on the glass.aroma is a nice mix of grapefruit,caramel malts,pine,and pepper.flavor is a mix of seltzer water,pepper,grapefruit,and tangerines.alot like butte creeks duoble ipa but not as bitter.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle compliments of glkaiser. booya. hazy orange pour. two fingers of egg white head. citrus hops, caramel malts, mild spice aroma.
Big hop action, a little pepper(I suppose that is the rye malting), big citrus bite. caramel malts balanced throughout. very nice.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy golden with billowy white head. Aroma is resiny, perfumy hops. Aroma is over the top hops. This is the most bitter IPA I have ever had and I love every minute of it. Excellent.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pale yellow with almost no head, just a whisp of white. Aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, lemon,some spices. This is bitter, mostly hops, very citrusy, some yeast/cloves. This got better as warmer, very harsh at first, but smoothed out along the way. This is an interesting IIPA, not like any other I have had before.
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from trade with hoppymeal. Real good aroma. Sweet & spice. Yeasty clovey, lite citrus, orange & lemon, hint of banana. Hazed orangy gold color, big head & good lace. Bitter flavor. Like aroma, though not as good, less diverse. Grassy, clove, lemon. still enjoyable. Medium body, smooth oily mouthffel, bitter finish. Really enjoyed this one, thought it stood out abit from alot of American IIPA’s , especislly after having the Wyterbacher q the other night
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Pours with pillowy, one finger head leaving cumulus lacing over a opaque, honey-like murky body; abundant yeast, lemon peel, earthy and citrus hop aroma; not alot of body, but plenty of resinous, oily, piney hops; no malt charactor to speak of because it’s completely oblitorated by fruity, Belginesque yeast and hops. Pure and simple hop juice, but not much more. That’s OK with me.
Pailhead (5381) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Huge acidic orange juice aroma. Pours a cloudy orange wiht a small white head. Lots of sweet orange and tangerine up front. Mild caramel in the background. Moderate citrus hopped finish for a nice balance.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is opaque golden orange with a dense big sticky tan head...smell is orange, sweet and hints of pine...taste is sweet and malty up front with a nice bittersweet finish...