OldMrCrow (2197) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Bomber. Thanks to glkaiser, who threw this one in as a bonus on a recent small trade. What a bonus!
Pours a hazy yellow-brown apple cider with a lovely white head. The aroma is mind-blowing. Itís vast and chewy and leafy and dominated by an incredible mango aroma that infuses everything and smells like the melted part of the best mango sorbet in the world tastes. In addition, some apple, some grapefruit.
The flavor is quite a bit drier than the aroma suggests, Here we get an enormous (but not entirely palate kiling) hop bitterness, none of the sweet notes that one might have expected to come along for the ride. A cracker malt base rests underneath, but the flavor is all about the bitterness - and while very nice, it actually comes off as somewhat pedestrian on the heels of that spectacular aroma. Mouthfeel is good and relatively laid back for an IIPA; other than the huges IBUs, overall the beer strikes me as more of a strong IPA than an IIPA. For the most part, thatís a good thing - I appreciate the restraint in the sweet caramel tones that dominate many IIPAs.
This is a very good IPA, but itís curious -- Iím not sure it would become my regular house beer even if it were regularly available. Much as I love the aroma and much as I love a strong IPA, the balance needed for a daily drinker may not quite be there. Or maybe itís just sour grapes, knowing that this is the first and last bottle Iíll have for a while.
Tap at Uber On tap, I start to see just what a curious beer this one is. Lovely tropical-fruit (pineapple, mango) hop aromas and falvors, but the malts are just not coming in enough to hold this thing together; instead it comes off somewhat hollow on the flavor and mouthfeel. Itís definitely on the light side for an IIPA, not that this is a bad thing at all. I probably would have given this something more like an 8/4/7/4/15 this time aronud, but Iíll let the rating from the bottle stand, as I took more care with that one.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Toronado. Holy crap this one is almost chewable.Pours with a pale yellow color.and cloudy appearance.
Aromas of apple, grapefruit and citrus. Very hoppy flavor but nicely balanced with some malty tones resulint and toffee, caramel flavors combined with grapefruit, citrus and apples.
Complex beer but an easy drinking beer.
auto (163) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
another really freaking good ass brew. nice hoppie flavor. light brew. spicy brew. went pretty good with a spicy ass sausage. got it on tap in san fracnisco. ho11a if you hear me.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this at HotD. Allenís OBF Friday get together. Holy Sh*t! Hop Monster. Great hop bitterness. If you are one of these Belguim wussies... donít go here. Golden in color. Bought a whole case to bring back to Atl.
Suttree (5631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, light orange. Very piney & citrusy aroma, perhaps even a touch of Tang (the Astronautís drink) in there. Big hops at first, very little malt presence, it seems. Juicy grapefruit flavors in a slightly thin body (which works in the beer). Maybe some malt flavors at the end.
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Rating #1 Tap @ Toronado (6 3 7 3 17). A hazed golden color. Smooth and light on the palate as if it was a cask version (unfiltered). Slightly sweet with a citrus, caramel, and grassy finish. Deseptively strong but goes down very well. Rating #2 Bottle (6 4 7 3 16). A bright golden orange color with rising bubbles and lush thick lasting foam white head. A rather light citrus, yeast, orange, and mild floral aroma. Very smooth and not thick and syrupy like many IIPAs. Rather light in flavor but well balanced and very enjoyable.
Oakes (13601) - 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.