Oakes (13138) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky straw colour. Citric, earthy, woody hop notes. Hints of diacetyl and big hops. Moderate bitterness. Piney, leafy character. A balanced example.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bober courtesy of GoldTwins. Cloudy orange-yellow body with a patchy head that disspated into small flotillas of largish bubbles. Loads of pungent hops in the nose, as an earthiness to it that is atypical for the style but not bad (now that I have read the copy on the bottle I see that there is Rye in this one, that explains it). The flavor is all about hops. Front to back its all about the hops, there are hints of some malt but like the Voctory Hop Wallop this one is 100% about hops. As it warms a bit more of the malt comes through. Prickly and bitter. Quite good.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft hazed gold, thin foamy white head. Nose was not exactly what I expected with interesting tones of floral perfume, peach, light pine and spruce, with a faint hint of tangerine. Well thats kind of different. Good bitter bite up front with more florals, pine resin, and citrusy notes that are everlasting throughout. Not much malt to speak of, but typically it works for me as it does here. Lighter side of medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, dry, bitter finish. Solid, but nothing beats Fred or Adam in my book...
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Thick yellow-orange pour with almost zero head. Slightly resinous grapefruit smell. The beer is thick and malty on the palate, and goes down smoothly. The hop bitterness is not astringent, and a nice dry hoppiness remains. Very well done.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Electric yellow pour with almost no head. Big sweet grapefruit nose, some spiciness. A decent amount of resiny pine, too. Body is dense, almost chewy. Very nice!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 I was having a shitty day, and the box from Ross arrives. Needless to say, seeing this beer cheered me up and this baby went into the fridge PRONTO. Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head, and very large lively carbonation. Sort of looks like a fizzy witbier. Strong grapefruity hop aroma , along with some of wheat and bubblegum. Nicely balanced flavors here of pale malts and hops. Has an earthiness to it with a wide variety of citrus flavor. Finishes very dry, grassy, with and aggressive but pleasant lingering bitterness. Not resiny, sticky, or thick like some IIPA’s, which I can appreciate and thus makes this very easy to drink...mine was gone in no time! Perhaps there are some belgian qualities on this one. This is unique, like all of Alan’s other beers. Thanks a million Ross. You are not a-hole after all.
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 Bottle from Chris (chriso420) Thanks man! THIS is what a double IPA should be. Pours out a clouded yellow color with a creamy white head. Smell is hops, pine, grapefruit, and spices. Taste is similar, bitter and malty and exceptionally well balanced. Sure its low ABV for a double IPA, but who really cares? This IPA is up there with Dreadnaught without the massive bitterness. Very nicely balanced, very easy to drink, and just great in general. Thanks chris for sending, and thanks Alan for brewing this great beer. Glad I have another one of these. Fucking Fantastic.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting at Immy’s. Pours yellow/orange with minimal head. Nose is HOTD, large citrus, candied grapefruit, spicy and rich. Flavor is an even bigger version of the nose well balanced with the malt. Lingering spruce finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orangeish golden with a frothy white lasting head. Aroma is hugely citrus, I mean huge, with a nice earthiness in there too. The body is med and perfect. The flavors are piney, huge citrus, juicy with a sort of kitchen sink hop character. Finish is wicked dry, almost punishingly bitter...I love it!
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bomber served in a pint glass. The aroma is everything you could want from an IIPA. Huge piney, citrusy, grapefruit smells hit you immediately, and stay throughout the entire time you drink this beer. The only downfall I could find with this beer is that it seemed a little overly bitter in the back end of the taste, almost a small hint of an aspirin like favor at the very end. I think they prolly could have used a little more malt, bump up the ABV. a little more and then they would have a top notch beer. In the end it is still very good, and another great beer from HOTD.