mjg74 (2435) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, Toronado. Sweet syrupy hoppy aroma. Very thick malty flavors with plenty of hoppy spiciness. Tastes like a hoppy barley wine.
Ratman197 (8532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish copper with a creamy lasting amber head. Aromas of rye, citrus, light pine, carmel and a hint of earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, rye, grapefruit and a hint of pine with a lingering dry bitter finish.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So I bought this with a smirk, not expecting a whole lot. The pour was one of those annoying ones where you think it is all OK, nice medium sized head, turn around for half a second and find that you now have a floor covered in beer suds. After clean-up, aromas definitely hinted at a strong hops content... pine, grapefruit, caramel. Maybe a bit of rye comes through in the aroma, but it really comes into play in the taste, where it really changes the order of things... the rye malt is the bridge between the intial hops blast and the hops finish, and, in my opinion, does a better job of this than many of the IPAís that rely on more normal malts, that give off a cloying sweetness. Really different, and really a nice change here.
TheBeerGod (4915) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at GABF2006 but we recently got bottles in the area, so my rating will come from the bottled version. Rich coppery shimmer to the body. Pretty tan silhouette lacing on the glass. Nose is very hoppy and citrus laden. Lots of orange, lemon peel, grapefruit and pineapple. Sort of a sweet caramel to the aroma as well but itís decidedly hidden. Taste is just as hoppy but a bit more even handed. Lots more of the chewy malts and caramel come forth along with a bit of toffee. Thereís more citrus but a spicier hop flavors seems to penetrate the bitterness. Body is creamy to start but gets a bit more astringent and ultimately dry towards the end. The carbonation tickles but is very restrained. Overall this is medium-full. Finishes with more citrus fruits flavors, creamy malts, caramel, light toffee and spicy hops. Delicious!
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Holy crapballs. Any time i can get my hands on this i have. Its full-bodied and pissed, just like i like it. Iíve introduced many friends to the glory that is this beer, and have only heard good things from all of them. I wish it wasnít limited edition.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Durham World Beer Festival. Amber with a small white head. Big citrusy nose, some piney resin, solid malt backbone. The flavors are complex - spicy orange, lightly sweet caramel, deeper grapefruit and pine notes. Warming slightly boozy finish. Very good - more than just a hop bomb. Well done.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle pours a clear copper body with a generous beige head. Excellent retention and drapes of patchy lace cling to the glass. Lovely aroma is big on both malts and hops. Spicy pumpernickel, orange and tangerine esters, and accents of caramel produce a luscious bouquet. Nearly full bodied in the mouth, certainly substantial, with an ideal medium carbonation. Taste opens with citrusy orange hoppiness atop a caramel malt backbone. Tasty grapefruit hop bitterness is enlivened by the spicy rye malt. The 10% abv is well hidden, and there is a tasty interplay of grapefruit, orange, rye, and caramel all the way through. Remarkably well crafted, excellently balanced, and dangerously drinkable.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 The best of the HeBrews Iíve had...a huge slap upside the head hop attack. the multi-malt bottom is very substantial, but I thought a bit too sweet. The rye is very prominent, mainly in the spiciness visible in the finish. A strange/interesting, if not altogether successful experiment that I would not mind repeating.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Imperial IPA pours a deep orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty, hoppy (grapefruit and pine) and a touch spicy. A medium to full bodied imperial IPA. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops are bitter, piney, floral and grapefruity. The big bitter hops are almost balanced by the malt sweetness, the spiciness and sharpness of the rye sort of offsets the malt sweetness a little. Nice very small bubble carbonation. This beer is sort of a train wreck of flavors, but it sort of works in an odd way. The 10% alcohol is noticeable, byt manageable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a mahogany to dark amber with a generous dark offwhite head. The nose is sweet, though strong with spicy rye and some resinous hops. Thereís something a bit creamy, perhaps even something wheaty that just dulls the aroma a bit too much. the mouthfeel is really quite nice, creamy and a bit thick in the mouth with appropriate carbonation levels. The flavor is where this beer really shines. The rye and hops explode in the mouth, complementing each other exceptionally well. Thereís big malt, perhaps the malt is too sweet, and perhaps, oddly enough, a bit too rounded. I guess thereís more depth of flavor beyond the rye and the hops, which is somewhat distracting, as odd as that sounds. Darker sorts of flavors, caramels and even a bit of toast are there. Iíd like more toast, but less caramel. the lingering bitterness is a one two combo of rye and grapefruit hops. The alcohol? Barely noticable. This is a fun beer indeed.