Tmoney99 (12053) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a deep amber with an average rocky white head that was lasting. Heavy hoppy citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate hoppy bitter flavor with an average finish.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden color with a tall lasting light cream colored head. Huge hops aromas with citrus and pine, along with a touch of sweet sour kraut and resin. Perhaps too may hops can create really funky nose. Perfumy hops flavors start at the tip of the tongue and fade slowly across the palate. A very light malt middle and rather dry finish. Almost comes across a touch watery as it does not have much malt depth to back up the hops. A hopshead type brew.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle with a huge thanks to slob for the gift pack containing this hop bomb! Pours clear amber with fast diminishing moderate off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Very aromatic dominated of course by citric hops, grapefruit and some pine, a little earthiness and hints of malt. Flavor is again dominated by hops, orange, grapefruit and spicy herbal notes, malt character is noticible by overpowered by the tart and bitter flavors. This is a hop lovers dream, deliciously puckering and citrusy, with a bit of fresh fruit sweetness and vanila as well. Medium body and creamy/foamy carbonaton. Mouth tingling good.
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Bucknaked via trade. Big aroma of apricot, pineapple and grapefruit hops. Pours a bright transparent orange with a small white ring around the edges of the glass. Sugary pineapple up front with a big grapefruit hop finish. Well balanced.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice light brown/amber color. Very sweet hoppy taste. A very smooth beer. Not what I was expecting from an IIPA. Quite good.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper Coloring with White Head. Wet Floral Hops Aroma. Wet Hops...Floral..and the Faintest hint of Citrus. Tasty IPA, but Didn’t Seem to Have the Double Caliber to it.
badgerben (4630) - 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 (9639) - 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.