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 (2125) - 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.
TheBeerGod (5569) - 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 (5360) - 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.