sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear orange pour with a frothy moderate off-white head leaving spotty lacing. Big hop aroma, marked by citrus and tropical fruit. Clean vaguely sweet malts properly submissive to the grapefruit, orange and resin hop infusion. Big citrusy character. Lingering bitterness on the tongue. A fine example of the style. One of the top two, if not the best Harpoon I’ve tried.
Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, thanks for the pick up blankboy and hogtown harry! Shared with the K-W crew at our second monthly tasting. Orange pour, not much head. Tons of hops in aroma - you could smell this from across the room. Lovely. Taste is almost overwhelming. Hop juice, resiny with a gigantic alcohol punch. Body is medium to thin which makes that punch even bigger. Oily oily oily! I love the brashness of this beer. It would have killed me to drink the growler by myself! I won’t say it is balanced or a session beer, or the most complex, but the world needs beers like this - sometimes, this is just what you feel like having.
alexsdad06 (6087) - 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 (1192) - 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 (2516) - 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 (2901) - 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 (11712) - 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 (5070) - 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.