Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden, medium head with a little lacing. Hop aroma is floral, lots of honey and a little pine. Taste is full bitter hops, fruitiness doesn’t come through as much until the finish. Mild sweetness, light spiciness and mineral taste. Finish is long and hoppy. Body on this one is great, moderatly malty and pretty frothy
bitterpeanut (15) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22-oz bomber. A local well-respected brewery here in Portland, HoTD has put together this bitter brew that hop lovers are sure to add to their list of beers to taste. The aroma leaves a little to be desired, I’m not sure of the mix of aroma or dry-hops added to this one, but the aroma is a little too complex with a mostly citrus smell. A hazy unfiltered orange-gold color that you might expect with an IIPA make this beer feel inviting. The head is a thick white blanket that doesn’t go away quickly. The flavor has a light sour taste followed by a moderate-to-heavy bitterness. A sweet light aftertaste pulls you into the next drink. The body is just right on this one, not like many imperial IPAs where the body is thick and the bitterness sticks. With a 100 IBU rating, this beer is balanced in a way that many other IIPA makers should note.
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Now, don’t get me wrong. I loves me some hops. But this is just a citrusy, lemony, extremely bitter concoction with no malt backbone whatsoever. Just not very interesting to me.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared by Nolankowal at the last Columbus tasting. Blue Dot poured a light golden color with a nice white head. The aroma was very floral, and hoppy. The taste was interesting--plenty of spicey hops, good bitterness, but no real malt presence to speak of.
HogTownHarry (6201) - 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 (1798) - 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 (1370) - 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.