TAR (2499) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dull orange. White ring of very buoyant bubbles. Fairly bright nose of grapefruit, crushed aspirin, and pinesap. Soft honeysuckle, woody hop, and toasted malt whispers. Clean and airy. Loose, bubbly carbonation. Big, tacky body. Early thrust of resin contributes substantial weight, though the lusciousness succumbs to a significant amount of airiness. Supple mango squelches much of the acidity, though bits of harsh aspirin remain. Bitterness is rather unsubstantial, unfortunately, which makes this less than captivating. And it’s not like it possesses an inordinately high level of brightness to make up for it. Extremely nimble malt structure fails to soften any of the harsh aspirin notes or hard carbonic residue. Finishes faintly husky, with nectarine and pulpy blood-orange flavors laced with an abundance of oily citrus lupulins which coat and numb the palate long after the swallow. Amarillo is likely the culprit for all the aspirin notes, but at least they’ve kept them to a minimum. Okay.
aracauna (3087) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clipper City’s "big beers" always seem much smaller in person. Pours a clear amber with a beautiful grapefruit and apricot nose from the hops. The flavor is thinner than expected but very drinkable. This makes great apa, but you wouldn’t guess it was supposed to be an IIPA. At least the actual product here is a really good beer as opposed to that lousy "imperial stout" they make.
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is of orange and other citrus flavor with some hops, pine, and floral hops. Flavor strong with floral hops and citrus. Finishes slight bitter but I was expecting more then what I got. An ok IPA but definately not the best.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
some lemon and grapefruit, citrus notes on the aroma, along with some nice hops and a touch of spice. nice tall, kind of rocky white head and nice dark orange-ness. nice sweet flavor with some orange blossom flavors. bitterness on the end, it’s pretty tastey. not grat, but decent.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 12oz. Bottle: Smells hoppy. Floral, spruce, citrus scents topped of with Amarillo hops. Poured a amber color. Large, frothy, rocky slightly off-white head. Clear. Looks thin and oily though. Slight floral hop flavor. Flavor is very weak, and does not have much complexity to it. Just citrus and some spice from the Amarillo. Slightly sweet. Slightly bitter. Light bodied. Flat carbonation. Almost no finish. Beer does not live up to its scent. Overall, it’s thin and flavor is weak, so it’s a mediocre but drinkable IPA.
Cask at TJ’s on 12/5/09: Hoppy aroma. Amber in color. Bitter, hoppy flavor.
Shag (2609) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A heavy herbal and grapefruit aroma. Held up to the rooster lamp’s ass, it reveals an orange apperance. A bitter flavor with some lemon and grapefruit. A rather spicy finish to the beer. Pretty good stuff
thornecb (4421) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in a shaker. Nice gold color. Grapefruit aromas and flavors. Tingly palate with strong bitter finish.
blankboy (6074) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear amber-gold with a large lasting rocky white head. Nice aroma of floral hops, fruit (peaches, mango and more), malt, pepper and more spices. Flavour’s nicely balanced: big citrus hops, caramel malt and spices -- very tasty stuff. Medium bodied. An interesting take on an IPA -- very good!
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[tap @ Sunset Grill 3/29/06] Nice floral hop aroma.. flavors are slightly sweet and fruity. Still, piney grapefruit and citrus on a nice, solid malt background. Alcohol is well hidden. A nice, hopped-up IPA.
vyvvy (4000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice transparant medium / dark orange color, lively carbonation, nice head that goes down gradually. Initial smell is hops hops hops - very floral. Taste is mostly hops as expected - in addition to the floral aspect that was in the aroma are piney flavors and grapefruit. The citrus is the main aspect of the finish - the kind of finish you’ll still taste in the morning. Some malt is in here, but it is in the background. Not heavy at all and very easy to drink for the amount of hops and ABV involved. Taste remains fairly consistant from start to finish. This is my favorite of the Heavy Seas line. I look forward to enjoying more of this one.