thornecb (5123) - 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 (6918) - 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 (715) - 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 (5134) - 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.
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some rate from memory. Some from notes. Some from who knows where. Notes here and far closer to frontal labotomy than bottle in front of me which makes me quite sad as I enjoyed this one a lot. Have had mixed experience with Clipper City and glad to have a couple that surpassed the previous lot. This one in particular was very well balanced which, having as much bitterness as it does is saying this is a job well done. Here’s to more in this vein.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle, via trade with Fyrecrakker05. Poured clear gold with a large lasting foamy-fizzy beige head. Aroma is very restrained, I get mild treefruit, dry UK (and centennial?) floral hops, with quite a bit of yeast and spicy funk arising as it warms ... this intrigues me. Taste is very dry and very bitter - the finish and aftertaste linger a long time, very grapefruit pithy - but there is still an apricot/pear light fruit and yeast character behind it - the malt is there as a vehicle, but stays in the background - nice and funky, an interesting take on the big-hopped IPA. Mouthfeel is dry, astringent, fairly still, average at best body - really enjoyed this, thanks very very much, Fyrecrakker!
lsymms (3) - Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Home keg. Over a month of sampling with lots of enthusiats enjoying it. Perfect balance. Puts most other double IPS to shame. Certianly the best in it’s price range. Incredibly drinkable. On first taste I couldn’t believe it was 7.5%. Great amber color. Thin citrusy aroma. Head dissapeard quickly with little lacing. Quick hop bite with grapefruit undertones. Excellent finish. Not too malty. Could drink them all day (and I did). Very likable. In my top 5 for sure.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Huge thanks to Slob for sending me this one out of the blue! Pours a "glowing" clear light amber color. Decent sized white head. Aroma is simply fantastic. HUGE hop prescense, big pine and grapefruit notes. Spicy and floral, some peach gummies too! FLavor is sweet and citrusy, hop juice baby! Body is a sweet hop bite, lots of pine, grapefruit malt lends its role as well. But knows its place.
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 3/23/06 and samples at Kennet Square Fest Summer ’05.
Copper-golden, tending more towards golden, with pale lemon-lime tints. Head is large and fluffy, a well-retained off-white, with fair lacing. Lightly hazy, with plenty of bubbles rising vigorously
The nose has plenty of dry citrus fruits (lemons, limes, white grapefruits) opening up the receptors as smooth carapils notes sneak in and lightly sweetne things. Munich hops are reserved in the nose, thankfully (who needs sourness/biscuity astringency in an IPA?) while light herbal spices, white pepper even and just an all out fade to floral. Warming allows more caramel and lightly spicy chinook hops to emerge, with some bare resin on the end.
The flavor is probably its strongpoint, though I must admit to being more in to the more balanced nature of the samples I had at Kennett. Seems on the verge of being too dry and citrusy now. But a lush wintergreenish-note extracted from the heavy floral and even mildly nectarine or tangerine-like hoppiness, mixes with a perfectly honeyish (in flavor and texture) carapils maltiness. I think I want to be carapils malt when I grow up. I think I might be a little bit biased to that one, but it is just so smooth in texture, supple and sweet without being heavy. Pillowy, you might say and a great balance to floral hops (though heavy pine or citrus overwhelms it). This nearly overwhelms it, but still remains drinkable and near balanced, with no alcohol notes. Low carbonation keeps things creamy.
PhillyBeer2112 (2690) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice IPA! It combines a nice med-light body and refreshing drinkability with a full hop blast. Primarily the hops seem resiny, with some citrus in there somewhere. Some bready malts. Flavor is intensely resiny and tingly. Medium bitter finish, clean caramelly malts. Nothing amazing here, just a good hoppy ale. Appealing amber color with fluffy head.