DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer #3 at Grant’s Blind IIPA tasting. Single-blind tasting for me. Musty, funky, earthy hop aroma that is kind of woodsy. Very weak citric hoppiness in there as well. Disappointing, funky aroma for an IIPA. Transparent dark amber color with a frothy off-yellowish head. Beautiful appearance. Sweet, spicy, caramelly, nutmeg like flavors to start. Nice body with a pleasant wet, hoppy bitterness present later in the finish. Very flavorful, nice doby. Definitely unique. I wish the aroma was better than it was. Not as overly bitter as the other samples.
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured a clear, lighter shade of copper with a tall, well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma was most certainly heavy... rocking rich, rum-soaked caramel, grapefruit, and something akin to candi sugar. The flavor was even bigger... with lots of sweet malt at the core (caramel, grapefruit meat, and toffee), alcohol laced throughout (became almost oppressive as this neared room temp), and a sharp bitter pine finish. Rye spiciness also came through at the finish. Heavier on the palate. Seemed off-balance... could have been great.
festyzizzle (30) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off-white thin head. Dark amber body with lots of carbonation. Flavor of bread, almost cookie. After taste of fruit, maybe grapes. Different for an IPA, good stuff.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am not a big hop head.I did not like this as much as everyone else.I am rating this based on they succeeded at what they were trying to do.Heavy malts and hops are present.Along the same lines of Gonzo.Some citrus and dirt are what was present on the buds.A bit too bitter of an end.For this style great job.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tastes of honey, pepper, hops citrus and dry alcohol, very malty in a good way, deffinitly taste the rye and it changes it a bit. it is a very enjoyable experirence
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Powerful, virtually intoxicating aroma of pine, grapefruit, lemon, floral sweetness and lightly nutty, toffeeish malts, along with hints of spice, perfume and alcohol. Deep, dark red-amber color, clear, with a fine, mostly lasting off-white head. Hops dominate the flavor profile as befits the style, contributing plenty of sharp, juicy citrus character, and blending with lighter amounts of toasty, nutty, sweet and lightly bready malts, perhaps a hint of spice from the rye and towards the finish, a goodly amount of peppery alcohol makes itself apparent, the bitterness reaching a crescendo at this stage as well. Palate is resinous, slick and moderately effervescent, body is of course full. Highly flavorful take on the style, which crosses some boundaries into Barleywine and/or American Strong territory.
Zeswaft (1592) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ha, what a crazy gimmick for a brewery. Nevertheless, this was a shockingly good IPA. Big citrus hops up front and a spicy counterbalance of the rye. good job.
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich ruby amber beer with a tan head. Citrus and slight earth aroma. Citrus and malt flavor with earth and spice backing. Very creamy rye mouthfeel. Hot - alcohol definately present. Nit bitter enopugh for an IIPA. Lingering pine, earth bitterness.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of toffee, grapefruit, chocolate, vinous, and toasted rye bread. Flavor of rich malts, caramel, and hops; good balance.
iskirwan1 (66) - monument, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 bomber.pours a dark amber.with large white head looks very tastey.aromas of sunflower seeds earthey hops and dark malts surpriseing no alcohol.taste is bitter sweet cremy bitter than sweet than clean finsh.this is a awesome brew and hides the alocohol very well will definlatey buy again