beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 11/27/2010. This imperial IPA pours a light top medium copper gold color from a 50cl bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is resinous and grapefruity hops. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are caramel and sweet, I guess, they are kind of overwhelmed by the hops. The hops are piney, piney like pliney! There might be some grapefruit here as well. A touch of malt sweetness comes out at the finish, but itís mostly all piney hops. Not that thatís a bad thing. Definitely a big bad west coast IPA. Yet another 8% alcohol beer from Hermitage seems like all their beers are 8%. Whatís up with that? Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 500ml, $6. wow. this is a hoppy beast of a beer! pours a nice amber with a nice creamy off white head that has excellent grade A retention, lots of nice delicate lacing. the smell is fantastic, on par with some of the best i have had, and actually quite close to fresh pliny. there is obvious extract use in both taste and aroma, just like the elder. the taste is great as well. i was actually expecting something a bit more brash, but i have no problem with the lev els of bitterness in this one. there is a pretty strong malt background, and i think that this beer should be nice and hoppy and drinkable for a couple of months down the road. a very nice iipa, very unique and interesting, and an ambitious brew for such a young brewery. definitely worth a try.
bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the BevMo near Sunrise in Sacramento. Pours copper with a foamy off-white head. Huge resin aroma. Med + body; frothy carb. Flavor is a lot of pine and grapefruit. Itís harsh. The caramel back ground is smashed. But this will hold itís own against the strongest of the NW products. It burns. It burns. Well, in a good way. Every once in awhile, someone should push the envelope. Now someone has!
mrhoppy (1181) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ale of the IMP is very impressive. Very very bitter. It is a bitter dream for fans of very bitter beers. This beer would fair very very well in a blind tasting. That being said, all you crazy hop heads out there run and get some of this beer. Buy at least two bottles. A note to the brewer. Fantastic job!! Could please make a hoppy hefe for me? Aroma is as good as it gets.
StefanSD (1926) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 500 ml bottle from bevmo. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is big and bold with, oranges, grapefruit, lemons and some pine. The flavor is biter hops forward with pine, grapefruit and caramel. The palate is malty with prickly carbonation. Finishes long and harshly biter. Overall: Nice nose, but this was harshly biter and that kind of spoiled it for me. I love biter but I had trouble finishing this, its like some brewer just dumped as many hops into a kettle as possible without any real thought to taste.