FlacoAlto (3810) - 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 (2906) - 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 (627) - 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.
platzap (5) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really great hoppy IPA. Aroma is fantastic. Despite the high IBU’s this is extremely well crafted as there is no harshness sometimes associated with this style. Good Malt backbone. While 7.5% is nothing to sneeze about, it is in fact a bit lighter than many other Imperial IPAs (like Dogfishhead 90), making it a hellava "session beer".
FROTHINGSLOSH (5359) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 I am a hop fan so this beer was bound to appeal to me to some degree. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a bronze color with a small white head that fades quickly. The aroma begins with a sour tang and quickly moves into strong grapefruit and fruit cocktail notes. The flavor is intensely strong grapefruity hops with a sugary sweet undertone. Probably the strongest and deepest grapefruity flavors I have ever encountered in a beer.
CharmCityHops (12) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 Great beer. Big bite of hops (herbal, floral, grapefruity, piney) without overloading the senses. May have a "complexity" with some malt in the background, but was enjoying the hops too much. Excellent beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cracking open the bottle and a blast of hops erupts from within. Poured into the glass and this bronzen brew is covered with a bone-white small head that dissipates quickly but leaves interesting lacing. Intense hop aroma with a little bit of sweetness beneath. The hops add much to the flavor without being so overly bitter that they purge your tongue of taste buds. A refreshing IIPA.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grassy, grapefruit, herbal hop nose with some underlying caramel malt sweetness. Hazy pale copper coloured body is topped by a low, white head that diminishes to partial cover with some lace. Grapefruit, grassy, herbal hops over clean, fresh malt base. Light medium body with lively, pointy carbonation. Sampled at Kennett Square Brewfest. 2005.