alexsdad06 (5895) - Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a large fluffy yellowish head that leaves a thick lace. The aroma is big citrus and pine hops, some malt sweetness, and tropical fruits. The flavor has a big malt backbone with resiny citrus and pine hops, and a solid bitter finish that stays on the palate. Dry, but not overly so, with a medium-full body. The 10% is well masked. I thought this was a very solid imperial IPA and am happy it made it to the area.
halfonit (1184) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a light gold color. Smells mostly of hops with a little citrus undertones. Taste is very strong with hops. Has a big bite in the end. Not too bad of a beer. This is similar to Dog fish head 60 minute.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from LooseCannon - thanks! Clear ambery orange with a white head. Whopping hop nose of floral and peach, some piney resin. Pineapple flavors, peachy and very perfumey. Tastes raw and green. A huge hop bomb, but not the type I really dig. Still, a solid brew to satisfy the hop crave.
MrBunn (2508) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice orange with a dense two finger head. Aromas are straight pineapple, grapefruit and oranges. This hops presence also dominates the flavor, but it seems to be pestered a little bit by the alcohol which doesn’t tuck away quite nicely enough. Still, I’m a sucker for this type of thing...
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious IIPA. Aroma was nice and big. Strong hops with not much else able to break through (which is fine with me). Pour was a nice thick dark orange with a thin white ring for a head. Taste was nice and strong. Strong hoppiness with a hot alcohol burn and a burnt caramel and bitter aftertaste. The hop profile here is heavy grapefruit...not just citrus but grapefruit. Decent carbonation carries the flavor through. This beer doesn’t try to hide the alcohol. It flaunts it.
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle, thanks SamGamgee) Medium off-white head atop crystal clear applpe juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cartty/pineapple, some bread/caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, carry, some grapefruit, caramel. Medium body, some chewiness.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by SamGamgee: Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of piny resiny hops with a light caramel sweetness and peppery alcohol. Body starts with a nice fullness and sweet caramel malty balance with a clean citrusy flavor hop presence and a crisp, bittersweet finish. Hides its alcohol very well and is very drinkable.
notalush (4999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly hazy orange - potent, piney hops greet the nose, with some biscuity maltiness underneath, grapefruit peel, and light honey - a really nice balance of american hop onslaught and moderate malt sweetness - a lot of tangy citrus fruit flavors through the middle - the sweetness gets a bit stronger in the finish, perhaps a little too much so, but this is a minor flaw - very well-masked alcohol - another solid brew in this series.
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and floral with citrus, pine, fruit and a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is very hoppy with light caramel, pine resin, citrus, and notes of alcohol with a medium body and a bitter finish.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle that says 009 on it, but I’m not sure what that means... Slightly amber tinted orange color, clear, with a medium sized white head that leaves light patchy lace. Medium intensity hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, orange and pine aspects to it, with a good hit of alcohol. The flavor has some sweet, sticky pale malt under candid grapefruit leading to a quite bitter grapefruit finish that is accentuated by some alcohol burn. Plenty of body; on the syrupy side, and lightly astringent. This reminds me a lot of Hollister’s Hip Hop, though I’m sure only a couple people know what I’m talking about. Leviathan is less mannered though. I like that they weren’t afraid to properly balance the malt with bittering hops, unlike many east-coast brewers, but the end product is still a bit harsh in its alcohol presence and abrasive bitterness.