KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Redish amber color. Smell of hops, malt, grapfruit, rye, orange peal and slight alcohol. Tastes the same but with more rye taste. Throw in some more hops too! Nice orange zest bitterness at the end. Alcohol is hidden very well.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
cheers dad for the brew-
ample head pale yellow in color, pours dark golden red. smells sweet, toffee, citrus, rye, and pine. taste matches the smell sweet, and bitter, with an odd mixture of the two for a finish. good stuff.
BrewSquid (45) - Plattsburg, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another "hop-head" marketing ploy! IPA is an British beer style but there are NO British hops using in the brewing of this beer. There is also no recognized beer style known as Double IPA.
Hops are the spice of beer and like all spices must be used carefully. This beer uses 6 different American hops that do not necessarily work well together. They use 225# of hops for a 100 bbl brew forgetting that "more" is not always better. It is hoppy but the bitterness is very harsh. At $4.49 a bottle it was worth trying once but is not worth repeating.
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 (2033) - 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 (4420) - 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 (421) - 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 (4618) - 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.