black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale cloudy yellow with a nice frothy lasting head. Aroma is spicy, with some slight citrus notes, has sort of a Belgian yeast strain smell to it. Taste is not what you expect the aroma to lead into. Hop bitterness dominates with very little sweet maltiness you would find in a conventional IIPA. But HOTD is hardly conventional. Alcohol is almost non-existent, but the hop bite at the end of this one is almost too astringent for me. Iíll enjoy this one in moderation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 06. Very pale and hazy with white head. The aroma is floral, pine and bready. The flavor is lemon, floral and herbal. Medium/light body with bitter finish.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle. Murky light brown-orange with a thin film of white head. Spicy, soft citrus hop aroma. Spicy rye malt character incedes a confluence of hop flavors: spicy/floral, vegetal, piney. Resinous astringency in the finish with residual perfumey spiciness. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, rather dry.
OldMrCrow (2215) - 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 (5689) - 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 (2628) - 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 (13966) - 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.