DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a somewhat clear burnt orange
with decent slowly diminishing rocky head. Nice sweet candylike malty nose
with a balancing hop in the back ground.
Very nice. The flavor falls a bit short of the the aroma but still pretty good. A little
up front sweetness and then its all bitter
the rest of the way through. Not to mention, as one reviewer wrote, subtle
tang of metallic at the far end. This is
a good beer. Not my favorite in this category, but very worth purchasing again.
Headbanger (3774) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 8/8/15 (Pear Delicatessen)-Pours an orangish amber with a decent head. Aroma of hops and malt. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew wasn’t good but wasn’t bad.
zgaier (1884) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a golden orange with an off white head and aroma of hops and citrus. Taste is bitter, with hops, citrus, grapefruit, and pine notes into the dry, bitter finish.
jjgmd (1960) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
With Z , pours a semi clear light rusted orange Amber color with a beige head. Nose is sweet citrus with some trailing bitterness. Taste is pleasant sweet citrus with softer pine and resin. Finishes on the sweet citrus notes with a hoppy dry finish . Ok ! Quaff Score 6 / 10
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Happy’s Market, Ellensburg, WA; no ABV on bottle
Hazy amber color, medium sized head. A good American Barley Wine, as it’s well malty, noticeable from the moment you pour; sweet, rich, with nice hopping, lowering bitterness, but still good fruits and hop resins.
Very good, but probably not fresh.
Ferris (12130) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Sweet earthy hops and caramel. Dirty gold with a decent off white head. Sweet caramel and bitter hops with a long sweet bitter finish. Not bad.
ACHops (1286) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle @ Hale’s. Pours cloudy dark orange with thin white head. Aroma is thin sugary sweet malt and muted citrus hops. Taste is similar: thin malt is quickly overwhelmed by heavy sugary sweetness which pushes through the hops on the finish. Some nice big flavors in the hops - pine, orange, and grass - but again they’re really obscured by the lingering sweetness of the malt. Not that bad, really, but... odd beer.
Hanuta06 (440) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: from tap at Smarty Pants.
Aroma: moderate, piney hoppy aroma.
Appearance: small, creamy, off-white, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Cloudy, medium-amber body.
Taste: heavily bitter initial flavor, and heavily sour grapefruit-like finish with long duration.
Palate: medium-to-heavy bodied with dry texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: huge taste but too heavy-handed for me.
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange pour vDraft at whiskey bar in Seattle. Creamy head crazy pine smell. Good hop and bitter taste
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery. Ahh... the ubiquitous IIPA. A requirement of all west coast breweries. I was very impressed by the smoothness of the beer for the high alcohol level. Very easy to drink.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. from Chuck’s @ $8.99. After a half-dozen beers or so from Hale’s without a single one so much as memorable, I was hesitant to even try this one. But it’s an imperial IPA, so why not! Simply blown away (and not just in comparison to their other beers). This is a big and boozy IPA that really calls for sipping with a cigar. Woodsy, malt and bitter through and through.