Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks swoop jones. Nice golden orange, fiery, hazy, small white head, but good lacing. Nice aroma of caramel and lot sof hops - of the oily variety, not fruity. Taste is really sweet - more caramel, tons of resiny hops, sticky sweet body. Alcohol as well hidden as it could be, body is medium shading light for the style, decent carbonation. Straightforward well done example, which is just fine by me.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Mgumby in a recent trade. Pours a chill hazy orangey ligh amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is oragnley hops and some citrus notes, also some grass and becomes almost soapy. flavor is a clash betweenen some crackery base malts and some astringent and dull faded hops with some pine needle, ash, and orange scented soap. Astringent and almsot slick bitterness which doesnt linger very long. This is just average at best I think for a DIPA.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Dickinsonbeer. Hazy amber/light brow in color with a small head. Aroma: citrus, floral, with alot of caramel malts and a light touch of alcohol. A touch of yeast also. Taste is alot of caramel, light to moderately boozy, with citrus and pine flavor and bitterness that does a decent job of balancing the caramel malt backbone. However, the hops are not in forefront, which is what I like in a IIPA. Taste also had some bready yeast. Finishes with lingering caramel sweetness, alcohol, and a moderate hop bitterness. Tasted more like a barleywine than an IIPA to me.
CelticBrew (747) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by Doughboy at Steveís, what a treat! Poured rather hazy coppery orange from bomber. Aroma of sweet caramels, grapefruits, pine resins. Full bodied, full on pine resin with a strong grapefruit and hop character. The beer is exceptionally smooth and begs to be drank, over and over etc. I would love to try it on tap, what a kick ass beer from NC!!
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to ross. Pours deep copper orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Lots of juicy citrus nose, pine, spicy and a bit of a gingerbread like malt aroma. The flavor leans more towards pine than the aroma but still has a strong grapefruit note. Thereís a nice spicy and peppery characther too that breaks up the intense bitterness. Medium-full oily body with gentle carbonation.
polomagnifico (1163) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Aroma is big with notes of caramel, port, dried fruit, and spice. Deep dark orange/caramel color with an average sized off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is sweet and sticky with flavors of caramel, spice, port, plum, and a slight bitterness on the finish. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. This brew tastes like an aged barley wine so Iím thinking this is an aged bottle. Either way I think itís a good Imp IPA.
HogTownHarry (5918) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz). Courtesy of blankboy. Cloudy amber-orange pour, very large fluffy beige head. Yum aroma - roast brown sugar malt and big-ass citrus/resin acidic funky hops. The taste follows, but itís juicy - orange/peach - and while yes, itís big and hoppy - tangerine zest - itís much sweeter than I expected. Sugary, acidic and grapefruit-pithy bitter mouthfeel, a lightly sour and biting finish .... very nice - boozy too!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Bottle from Jimbowood. Shared with Bartzilla. Deep, rich amber color. Super hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet, almost too sweet. I picked up some brown sugar/Caramel like notes. We both agreed that this is almost a barleywine. Lots of heat from the alcohol. Pretty good.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Hazy copper pour with a big head. Unfortunately, it smells like a cheap IPA...alcohol, bitterness, a touch of fruit. The flavor is that of an overly balanced IPA. It leans a bit more towards malt than most IPAs, way more than most IIPAs. This leaves a lot of alcoholic burn and not the most complex of flavors. I like that this "brewer of session beers" has ventured into the big beer market, and the price was right, but this oneís not memorable or particularly good.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of dragonstout. Pours amber/copper with a tan large head. Smells of perfume, wildflowers, pine tar. Tastes of caramel, citrus, spice, hints of bitterness, but heavy on the malt character. Sweet orangy finish.