JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. hazy pale amber beer with a thin white head. Big hop aroma. Much more tropical and fruity than Pliny the Elder. Cascadey, grapefruity aroma. Some berryish notes as well. As it warms a bit of grassiness becomes apparent. Flavour is okay, but not great. The grassiness seems to dominate the hop flavour profile and there is a slightly oxidized note apparent in the malts. There are some orange and light resiny flavours as well. Long lingering bitterness through the finish. I bet this was better a few months ago.
greenhorn1 (822) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was dissappointed with this Imperial IPA, however, I have higher expectations from this brewery. DYCsoccer17 sums it up very well, this beer is ’ugly as hell’. It is very murky and pours the same color as pee and it had very low carbonation. But, it does have a sweet aroma with scents of citrus. It does not taste like an Imperial, but it does have a nice flavor of grapefruit, orange, and a nice balance of sweetness. There are better Imperial IPA’s but I will purchase again.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle- Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small soapy head. Strong scents of floral and fruity hops.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hop lover’s dream! Pours a cloudy apricot in color with a nice white head. Citric nose all the way. Incredibly juicy orange flavor - like a hop explosion. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with some aspirin at the finish (the only negative). Very tasty. Thanks Jamie!
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden with a thick tan head. Good retention not much lace. Good nose with graitfruit, citrus, mango, caramel and orange. i was lacking the pine though. Taste was more like a Pale Ale for me. It came up short for me as far as the hops were concerned. Mouthfeel was chewy and overly sweet.
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Horse Brass in Portland, OR. 10oz sample. Tons of grapefruity hoppiness present in the nose initially. A little citrus orange as well as some sweet notes. Very aromatic. Murky, hazy, muddy orangey/rusty body with a creamy off-white head. Pretty darn ugly. Sweet, hempy flavors to start with mild bitterness. Some chewiness and sweet malts in the middle. Finishes with some grapefruit and dry bitter notes. Good, decent balance, just ugly as hell.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great beer from Hair of the Dog. At Heavyweight Open House. Very strikingly heavy and full-bodied/flavored/aromaed, etc...Hoppy, yes, sweet too, citrus notes and, also chewy, caramel butteriness (is that a word?). Anyway, I enjoyed this beer very much, and hope to have it again in the future. The only thing is that for a double ipa, the alcohol content is pretty low considering some of them are upward of 11%.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Beastiefan2k. Murky dark golden color with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, some caramel malts and a touch of peach/apricot. Nicely balanced flavor that had a good deal of malt sweetness before ending with a great grapefruity, bitter finish.
notalush (4999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for bringing this to the heavyweight open house - actually quite a low alcohol brew to come from these guys, and very heavy considering it - most IIPAs can only hope to reach this kind of balance - there isn’t much to add, the grapefruit/citrus character and chewy, caramel malt flavor expected of this style is all there in perfect preportion - you can’t really state in language the superior quality of a brew like this - just trust me...it kicks ass.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a small,. white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, toffee malts, and some floral hops. Taste of pine, some caramel malt, citrus fruit, grapefruit, grassy hops, toffee, and a medium bitter, citrus finish.