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.
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Immy’s Tasting on 7-22-06. Hazed gold. Creamy, resinous hoppy aroma. Some almost fruity pine notes as well. Taste is hoppy, citrusy with sweet malts and caramel to balance it and light pine notes as well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation and a nice chewiness to it. Finishes with more hops, fruits, sweet malts and grains. Spot more pine as well.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Diminishing head, very nice amber color. Has a bitter citrus flavor. By this point in the tasting my notes are a little sparse but they do say that this one rocked it for me. Gotta have some more of this. Enyoyed at Immy’s tasting.
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via Dubbercody. Pours a hazy dark gold colored body under a fizzy one finger white head that faded to a thin film. Aroma is all grapefruity and piney hops. There must be some malt in there, but you wouldn’t know it. Flavor is piney and aggressively bitter with some bready and doughy malt. An unusual IIPA in the malt profile, none of the sweet caramel and toffee present in most IIPA’s, though the lack of the jet fuel levels of alcohol are abscent as well thankfully. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice soft carbonation and a creamy texture up front that fades to a slightly sticky finish. Overall, a little off-kilter from the norm. Just what I expect from HOTD. This really drank better than it rated though I must say. Keep the awesome beers coming HOTD!
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a orange hue fairly cloudy with a white head. The white head leaves nice lacing along the side of the glass. Aroma is what you would expect out of a IIPA, especially for the PNW. Pine and citrus are the predominant notes. Flavor is very much like grapefruit, full of hops. Nice bitter finish to end. Very decent IIPA. Nice to have something new from HotD!
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my dad for this one. Cloudy orange body, moderate sized head, decent lacing. Aroma is the usual PNW goods... grapefruit, pine, citrus. Flavor was dominatd by citrus, which might be a first. Medium bodied, could use a bigger malt backbone but was still balanced. I don’t know where 100 IBUs came from. Other than the somewhat watery feel, balance was excellent. This hit the spot after a long day.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2006 - Grand Tasting. Brassy metallic color with a very clean white head. Nice, fresh aroma of orange citrus, and a welcome buttery malt backing with organic honey tones. Puckering citric and pine hop flavors with a semi-dry and long, bitter finish. A very good 1 1/2 IPA in my book.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBSG06. Hazy orange color with a small white head. Sweet citrus and floral hops aroma. Sweet floral hops flavor.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 RBSG 06. Light cloudy yellow. Grapefruit, citrusy nose. Crisp, tart, pleasant - but the bitterness could be slightly more forward? As Kinz noted, it’s lacking a certain unidentifiable something.
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer #13 RBSG 06. At this point, the sheer amount of good, hard to find stuff that was floating around and being poured had become rather stunning. Light lemon gold, a bit hazy. Pine and grapefruit aroma, spicy hops. Flavor was a combination of biscuit malts loads of spicy, bitter hops on the finish. Not bad, but somehow wanted more. Can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps more malt?