GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark red with cream-colored head. Smell is of alcohol, pine, hops, and caramel. Somewhat syrupy in the mouth. Mild hop and citrus tartness with sweet malt and coffee flavor. Overall the taste was quite complex. The finish is of alcohol and tingles as a mix of caramel and bitterness lingers on the tingling tongue. $7.00 for a bottle was a worthwhile purchase.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red with off white head. Aroma is sweet malt, hops, light citrus, and sweet fruit. Flavor is sweet malt back with nice bitter hop finish. Sticky and sweet.
shadey (1886) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red pour with a creamy head of lace with big bubbles. Aroma is sweet rich malts and spicy hops. Flavor is quite nice. The hops are quite rough and resiny. Bitter.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 22 oz Bottle via BigSilky (thanks!). Pours a clear reddish brown with a massive beige head that does not want to dissipate. Nose is floral, piney and citrusy. Tastes like it smells with a bold hoppy resiny pine finish, a little rye and a strong caramel malt backbone. Full body. Almost syrupy mouthfeel.Alcohol well hidden. World class IIPA.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle bought somewhere in the midwest in August 2006, consumed from a Unibroue glass in September of that year. Dark, cherry-red color, mostly clear with a well-formed neat off-white lasting head....rather boring, simple aroma of cherry and Pine Sol and plenty of noticeable alcohol....hard-hitting attack on the taste buds though, sweet syrupy and alcoholic immediately, bitterness coming in quickly and a woody dryness midpalted that veers close to ashiness late....little in the way of rye tartness or spice detected by yours truly....finish harsh, bitter, charred. This is an unsubtle sledgehammer of an IIPA to my taste, but hopwhores might love it.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable. Solid copper pour. Piny notes in the nose. Nice IPA bitterness in the mouth, atouch of citrus, some alcohol mellowed by some malts. Would have again. (but it’s no Pliny)
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this. Pours a translucent copper amber with a large bubbly/creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, floral and some citrus. Flavor was toasty, nuts, sweet caramel, light hop bitterness and some grapefruit.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured deep amber / copper color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of floral, rye bread, and light citrus. Tastes of caramel, very light rye, and citrus (oranges and grapefruit). Light to medium alcohol in the finish. On the sweeter side.
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear red body with topped by a white ring. Did the color play trick on me but I got lots of non-sour cherries out of it. Other sweet fruits followed then a grassy flavour and then finally a fruity hops mild bitterness. Alcohol presence was what you expect for a 10%. The body was very oily and the carbonation was average. Decent beer but nothing spectacular. Rest In Pale Ale when you die!?! Jews do that?!? Where’s the nearest synagogue I’m converting.
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oy vey! What a massive beer this is. Love the bottle. Smell is of punishing sweetness, but you can still tell hops await your tongue. Dark hued, but that makes sense with all the malts I got from the first sip. Pretty hot tasting, but delicious all the same. The malt bill must be obscene to take the lead over that hop bill. I like it in a way I like to occasionally get trashed and not go to work the next day... fun, but you can’t make it a habit. A fine offering. HUGE beer.