Palidor19 (2845) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drinking an excellant IPA is a treat that everyone must try at least once. This is a what a great IPA should taste like. Its dark toasted malts and its high quality alpha hops blend together to form a surperb beer. That stands out.
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow this is strong. The beer has as the bottle says "an obscene amount of hops an malt". It smells like grass, pine, and caramel. The appearance is red with a medium foamy head. The flavor is exactly like the aroma with some citrus. The palate is very smooth. This is a quality beer, just slightly stronger than I like. This is not a session beer, its a sipping beer.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at HDG. Deep dark reddish amber in color with a nice off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Grainy very hoppy aroma. Citrusy earthy hops. Orange and grapefruit. Hoppy and grainy flavor. Toffee caramel notes. Piney. Wow. Nice hop bite. Full bodied. Finish is dry. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Nice.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Following Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Bottle. Dark amber with a creamy beige head. Interesting grainy aroma, presumably rye, is just a little bit sweet. Flavour has a very dry grainy character, and moderately prominent alcohol over underlying malt. Average to medium palate. Not unpleasant per se, but pretty rough and incoherent at times. 6-7/4/6/3/13
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear copper body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, sharp grapefruit, lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel/toffee, lemon, light butterscotch. Quite bitter, just like Lenny. Resiny full body, chewy. At times I find the IIPA style getting tired, and I was quite surprised that He’Brew is the brewery that broke through my malaise.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-golden in the glass; medium head with fine retention. Sweet hoppiness dominates the nose, with perhaps a hint of cherry. Viscous, full mouthfeel; strong bitterness, though nicely balanced - leading into a long finish of juicy hops. Well-done double-IPA tribute brew.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Agree w/ the previous raing. Not a huge hop presence. Perhaps a IIPA for those that don’t enjoy hops. Nice and drinkable, but not an overly hopped or over-the-top IIPA.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lenny’s Bittersweet R.I.P.A. came in a 22 oz. brown bomber that had lots of information on Lenny Bruce, and an artwork evoking a theatre marquee for a mock performance. The body of the beer was dark reddish orange in color, and the head was a good three finger thick, and left nice bits of lace. The carbonation of the beer was quite mild, with a gentle stream of swirling bubbles rising from the etched D at the base of the Duvel tulip. The aroma was not brash like a typical DIPA, but was gentle and herbal-floral, and reminded me of freshly picked marigolds. The rye added a spicy zest to the smell. The taste was aggressive as the hop oils provided a snappy, earthy, and floral bite. The rye added the typically spicy and sweet touches to the keep the pale crystal malt base from becoming too one dimensional. Dry and floral finish was rock-candy like and very delicious. I see of this as one of the latest crop of milder DIPAs with enough going on besides the hops to keep things interesting.
Hangover (999) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour with a creamy and lasting tan head. Aroma is fantastic. Strong grapefruit hop aroma but right underneath that is big malt, with some dried fruit, plum, date as well as an alcohol presence which is not subdued. Full mouthfeel. Wow. Piney and citrus hops explode, leaving you with a huge alcoholic middle. You can pick out the rye and more of the malt profile in the finish, which is oily with lingering alcohol. This beer tastes even bigger than 10%. I would be interested to see if aging takes away some of the bite. Overall, I liked this rendition of the style. A lot.
beastiefan2k (2194) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Brought this a few weeks ago to the HW Open House and the little of it I tried tasted was really good. However, thought I needed a better sample for a rating. Picked this bottle up about a week ago, cellared till about an hour ago. Maybe its not cold enough but I am really not feeling it as much as last time. You know these DIPA can just go down in a hurry. Aroma is all hop, mainly piney (Amarillo?). Main I loved it a few weeks ago but now its just so average. The taste is just hop dominated, nothing special or really discernable. Not a bitter heavy DIPA, which I like. Before I opened this up it was a shoe in for an over 4 score (pretty much what Dickinsonbeer had) but now its so different. Will a DIPA change this quickly or is it all in my head?