NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was piney and resinous like fresh hop cones. Caramel lurked somewhere behind, but it would have been difficult to prove if testifying in court. The aroma was grassy, citrus, piney and spicy. Every hop aromatic under the sun. The beer poured with a slight haze into the glass and had a low off-white head which lingered at the surface of the amber beer long enough to last the glass. The flavor was nicely bittered and balanced with strong caramel and malty characteristics to offset a stong and powerful hop bittering and flavor. The hop flavor was not nearly as agressive as the aroma promised. The flavor was piney, citrusy, grassy and a bit spicy. The flavor had quite a bit of fresh hop character. The finish was dry with lasting impressions of caramel and bittering hand in hand into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full and despite a somewhat low level of carbonation the beer was nice and creamy on the palate. An interesting and complex Imperial IPA. Cheers to the boyz at Highland. 22 ounce bottle. $9.99 at Samís in Durham.
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber in color. Hoppy aroma with citrus notes. A little watery for an imp IPA. An ok beer not great.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Murky amber ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. Great, small, tight retention. The nose offers notes of ethanol, earthy hops and fuzzy fruit. The flavor is all caramel malt, alcohol and violently bitter hops. Full-bodied and astringent with fizzy carbonation. Dry, bitter finish. Cheers to mgumby10 for sharing the bottle!
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Excited when purchased @ $10. Pours an amber with a medium head. Sharp floral smell. Something went wrong. It could be the hops or sweetness, but this brew doesnít blend very well. The finish is sour compared to a sweet bitter. Nothing smooth about this beverage.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent IPA but is it a double? Had most of the standard flavors , I did not find the alcohol oppressing.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ross for this one. Pours turbid deep coppery with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of bready caramel malt, tropical fruit, hops, peppery and mango notes. Tastes piney hoppy, with pineapple, tangerine, black and Bell pepper, and bready malt plus some floral finishing notes. Gets a tad hot as it warms, and stays extremely hoppy throughout.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus bomber from the generous NachlamSie. Thanks! Nice bottle cap of a Scottish dude with bagpipes...keeper. Pours with a small head of small bubbles that fades to an awesome microbubble veil on the surface. Amber color becomes cloudy only after I pour the yeast goodies in from the bottom of the bottle. Nice hoppy aroma. Sweet and delicious with the alchohol well hidden. Hop bitterness is mild and hop aroma is above average. The hops used are really wonderful. Not so much west coast grapefruit hops, but a little different fruit. Whatís with all of these sad 3.5 faces? I thought it was very good! 4.1!
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange/amber color with a rather large white head. Lace sticks to the glass the whole way down. Pineapple and tangerine in the aroma with some faint pine. Tangerine and peach in the flavor is rather nice but there is a rather boozy finish that Iím not very fond of. The heat at the end of this brings the score down a notch or two but I could see this one settling down a tad in a month or two.
NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bomber. I had this a couple of days after its release and was rather underwhelmed. For some reason I was under the impression IIPAís had a significantly strong hop profile. I waited a couple weeks to open another bottle and now am retrying it. The pour is red with a pretty nice tan head. More hops are noted in the aroma than I recall with distinct pine and grapefruit but itís not very intense. A heavy caramel, berry sweetness is also noted. The mouthfeel is rather dense with heavy amounts of malt and the 10.2% is masked impeccably. The hops are definitely second fiddle in the taste. The flavor profile is mostly comprised of sweet caramel, dough, and a barleywine-like toffee flavor with a far off peatiness in the finish. Small suggestions of berries are noted. The hops just canít compete with the intensity of the malt on this one, they only dry out the finish a bit. The first time I cracked open a bottle, I was very disappointed because the label touts extreme hoppiness. This second time with a different mindset, I enjoyed it a bit more. The main problem is that the sweetness was probably intended only to balance the hop flavors, but somehow became the most evident flavor. This brew lacks some of the complexity of their intentionally maltier brews like Imperial Gaelic or Tasgall.
[Bomber split with Muenster on Oct. 20] Okay, so here we are again. I still donít get any assertive hop qualities and the malts definitely dominate. I noted a heavier cotton candy or candy vanilla presence this time around.
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
With great appreciation to Mike from Coleís for sharing his bomber. Soapy head. Yeast and complex meld of five hops, including dry hops. Really stands out as interesting taste, this is not a hop bombing. Thanks Swoop Jones and to your sis for bringing back.