badgerben (4613) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Original Rating December 30, 2005: Copper color with a thin head. Slight hop aroma. The taste is a dull hop and a little malt for base, but nowhere near to the levels that an IIPA needs to be. It’s lacking the citrus or pine or huge bitterness... or any characteristics of an Imperial anything. Tasty, yes; imperial, no. 7/3/7/3/12 Re-rating May 29, 2008: Light gold color with no head. Lovely tropical fruit aroma. Mainly coconut to me. Citrusy hop flavor. Slightly sweet malt body. Grassy finish.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours amber with a sudsy thin offwhite head that clings well to the sides of the tulip and laces on the way down. Aroma is floral hops and a touch of grapefruit over some bread. Flavor is nice and hoppy but not overwhelming notes of grapefruit and mandarine oranges. Also some smooth caramel malts. Blended together very well great balance and a smooth palate. Alcohol is covered well. This is one of those IIPAs that doesn’t crush your palate with in your face hops, but very smooth and balanced and drinkable. Nice..
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The cenenial take the floor but the other hops play nice and get their licks in. Gouda worked well to cut the floweryness(SP?) down but I love this beer. Clipper city is showing some real brass with the Heavy Seas line. Love hops???? Get it NOW!
Dogbrick (9456) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks go to Darkover for the trade. Bright copper color with a medium thin soap-suds white head. Thin stringy lacing. The aroma is floral hops and citrusy. Medium-bodied with a fresh hops character. Caramel, fruit and piney hops interact well in the flavor. The finish is nicely bitter hops with a good malt undertone. This beer doesn’t go overboard (ha) with the hops like most IIPAs, and while I tend to like them that way this beer stands up pretty well by its own merits.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of spruce/pine. Flavor of malt and pine hops.
igneous1 (1515) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear, deep orange/bronze color, almond color head. aroma is of perspiration and grapefruit with milder notes of caramel malts. flavor is surprisingly mild, with mild notes of perspiration, stronger on the caramel malts, slight citrus..quite disappointed in this one.
FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best before date of May, 2006; Sampled December 2005
Pours with a brilliantly clear, copper color that is topped by a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma is just plane sticky with hoppy fat lupulin glands. The aroma is redolent of ruby-red grapefruits that have that mix of sweet citrus notes, tart citric acid, and sharp, floral grapefruit peel oils. The aroma is definitely hop-city, and is quite sublime for any lover of in-your-face American hop-levels. Is there anything else in the aroma? Maybe there is a hint of alcohol at the end, a bit of herbal hop character, and perhaps some accentuating notes of sweet malt, but all of these are quite secondary to the overwhelming grapefruit hoppiness that is found in the aroma.
The taste is soft and creamy up front, with just enough malt/ caramel sweetness to accentuate the citrus-like hop flavor. The finish has a solid, though not overwhelming, hop bitterness to it, which is in perfect balance with the malt sweetness. This beer screams American C-type hop flavors though; everything else is secondary, including the bitterness in the finish. What a fantastic hop character this beer has. It is just so fat and flavorful, it really is like sucking on the nectar from a mythic citrus/hop flower.
I don’t know what it is, but this beer seems to have awoken the inner hop-head in me, this beer is just really hitting the spot right now. Everything is working to accentuates all of the hop notes that I like to see in a beer. As my palate gets used to it a resinous pine-like note begins to become noticeable, and the bitterness in the finish begins to take on astringent mouth puckering proportions that just beg for another sip of this hopaliscious brew. I am pretty sure that I never want to have this beer again, because there is no way it will live up to this singular experience of right here, right now. The quirks of beer drinkery, have delivered me the perfect convergence of time, place & beer; definitely one of the top beer experiences of my life. This is definitely one of those things you can’t explain, you just have to experience it, the beer itself, objectively does not add up to it, but, regardless it happens. Here is to the journey, and the next beer that satisfies the soul.
OldGrowth (2917) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Bottle, from trade with The_Beer_God. Good nose, sweet. Pineapple, peach, honey/caramel, little nutty. Smells stronger than 7.5%. Clean copper color, good head with lacing that lasted all the way down. Bittersweet flavors, like aroma with grapefruit leading the way. Thick, oily/creamy mothfeel, bitterdry finish, well not dry I tthink it has to do with the abv. Pretty tasty IIPA. I imagine on tap it would be a little nicer. Thanks, TBG. Had it on tap at the Sunset Grille gave it a 7/3/8/4/16. Had the name Hop 3 ale.
twindadplus2 (629) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle obtained by trade with Goldtwins. Honey brown in color with a reasonable white head that faded shortly. Aroma is lots of sweet, citrus and grassy hops with a hint of malt hanging around in the back. Flavor is a nice blend of hops; honeyish with a lot of floral and grapefruit and a decent backbone of malt to balance it. A nice dry, fruity finish rounds it out. Medium bodied with nice carbonation, a very hoppy brew that doesn’t come off as overpoweringly bitter. An excellent beer. Now if I could only get more...
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep golden color with a well-lacing wispy white head. Aroma is of resiny piney grassy hops and some musk. Starts with a fuller palate and good fresh piney hoppy presence. An enjoyable, crips IPA, but could use a little more sweetness for balance and to really be considered a double IPA.