ImPA (14) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the pub January 2014. Unbelievable! So hoppy and so good, malt, fruit, hops, mouthfeel, bouquet, all coupled together make this one of the best sipping-hop-bombs Iíve ever tasted anywhere. Something else.
Strife21 (222) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy copper, with thick creamy head that laces glass. Smells of pine resin, orange and grapefruit. Tastes of floral hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Medium body, medium carbonation. Goes down super smooth. Hop bomb and I love it.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
June 18, 2010. Growler shared by gregclow with me, blankboy, jerc & mabel. Somehow this seemed like a wise thing to END a tasting with ... Poured a hazy ruby with a large lasting off-white head. Lovely simple aroma of citrus/resin bitterness, moderate alcohol, and just enough fruity malt to remind you it wasnít just a tincture of hops. The taste delivered - very juicy, a bit floral, but quickly you realized this is all about the BITTERNESS - holy crap, this was bitter - and not generic bittereness, definite citrus and resin, unbalanced as all hell but who cares - see world? Canadian brewers can make a DIPA with hair on its ... chest. Average body, seemed pretty astringent to me, mild carbonation, but not bad for a shipped growler, with a loooooooooooooooong bitter, somewhat boozy finish. Solid stuff, not for the faint of heart. REALLY bitter.
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o GregClow. Pours a slightly hazy ruby with an average size long-lasting fluffy off-white head -- looks great! Aroma: Lots and lots of resiny hops, quite citrusy and fruity, and backed by caramel malt. Flavour: Like the aroma, lots and lots of resiny hops, lots of grapefruit and some caramel malt way in the back, itís oh so hoppy and delicious! Long, very bitter and bordering on astringent finish. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden, itís there but nowhere near 11%. Medium to full bodied. A delicious, dangerous "Monster" indeed -- well done!
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[2915-20100618] Growler. Hoppy evergreen leaves aroma is just super hoppy, you want to keep smelling more of it. Slightly hazy, bright amber red body with a quick creamy off-white head. Super grapefruit bitter butter flavour, like a thick caramel butter. Medium-full body. Sooo boozy and bitter, our eyes were like "bing!" and it ended the evening on a high note.
(c/o GregClow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc)
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"It is conventional to call "monster" any blending of dissonant
elements. I call "monster" every original inexhaustible beauty. - Alfred Jarry
2010-06-18. Ruby orange body with a good sized foamy beige head. Pleasantly strong hoppy aroma, fruity, lots of citrus and muted floral notes with a touch of light caramel malt. 7+ Flavour is significantly bitter, growing increasingly so as it goes on. Grapefruit like astringency in the finish lingers long into the aftertaste. Resiny touches and more citrus, but this is primarily an exercise in hoppy bitterness, alcohol is surprisingly understated on the palate, but it noticeably warms the throat and asserts itself upon an already full belly after only a few sips. Caramel malt creeps out a bit more as the glass warms up. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. 3+ Wow! Really enjoyed this but was unprepared for the hoppy onslaught to follow up a number of other samples.
"You canít create a monster, then whine when it stomps on a few buildings" - Lisa Simpson
Mandrake (14) - Chester, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep reddish amber, very cloudy and with a moderate medium tan head that is reasonably well retained and leaves scant lacing. Aroma is really something, bright tropical fruits and juicy citrus, but complex in its way, with some earthy undertones and interesting floral notes. Taste, on the other hand, tilts more to the herbal and earthy end of the hop scale. Interestingly, after Iíd put it down for 10 or 15 minutes to eat a plate of chips, I found that the woody and earthy tones had taken over the smell, and the bottom of my pint was dominated by a grassy kind of hoppiness, quite bitter. Mouthfeel is excellent, full bodied and oily, and drinkability is simply remarkable for such a giant beer. 533 IBUs on the tag, but much more balanced, in the loosest possible use of the term, than that might suggest. Deadly stuff, really fantastic.
Gethinbeer (2250) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Microbrewery. Fantastic jelly baby, fruit gum, mango, tropical fruit, five alive aroma. Burst out the glass like it doesnít want to be kept enclosed. Cloudy appearance, decent head which leaves a thin white lace on the glass. Hop, hop, hop and hops. For the percentage this beer is easy to drink. Its bitter but very pleasant to drink, smooth and delicious. This beer is deadly. It is a monster. More like a physco, It sneaks up on you and kicks you in the balls. Like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. I F#@king love it!
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 Draft @ Hart & Thistle (where else?) Pours a bright, cloudy orange with white head that leaves a solid lace all the way down. Armoas of hops and hops and hops and a little more hops for good measure. But serious, all citrus fruit on the nose with a nice floral edge and it follow through on the palate with a bitter finish that lasts damn near forever. At 533 calculated IBUs itís either remarkably balanced or Iím such a hophead that it doesnít faze. In any case a remarkable brew.