illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ross, the monroe transfer authority. Thanks to Navin for the free shipping. Pours hazy orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of rich toffee malts and citrus hops. Medium to full bodied with a slight syrupy texture. Initial flavor of toffee and apricot that transitions to a sharp hoppy middle. Finish is dry with a bold grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers, with a very small amount of alcohol detected. Definitely one for the hopheads, and not bad at all. Beer is a little better than than the score indicates. However, this is second string to beers like Hercules, Dreadnaught, Pliny, Hopslam, etc. Good to see some East Coasters taking a stab at IIPAs.
bubbleflubber (2144) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very lucky to have a friend snag several extremely limited edition releases of this year’s batch. The inconsistency of hops available and grown by the Highland Brewing Company is likely for the variety of rating scores... it varies from year to year, and a different "version" emits every year. Fortunately, this year, the batch was quite good. The pour is a deep orange-nut, with a very nice eggshell froth that diminishes to a soapy cap. Pineapple and pine are predominate in the nose. Tropical citrus and caramel/toffee are quite smooth, backed with a spiced hop... just a touch of alcohol peppers lightly on the end of the pull. This is extremely well-integrated, but my only concern is that the body is a little lighter than the traditional Impy IPA. Very, very smooth, however, with medium carbonation levels. My impression is that the beginning and ending of the pull are done nicely, just sagging slightly in the middle.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep orange reddish in color with a nice white fluffy white head. Hoppy citrusy malty aroma. Malty and citrusy hoppy flavor. Caramel roasty piney notes. Sticky malt taste. Finish is bitter. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
ross (2134) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Phil, thanks. Pours out an orange color with an offwhite head on it. Smell is very hoppy, full of pine and grapefruit and some slight hints of alcohol in it. Taste is smooth and hoppy and very easy to drink. Not sure if previous raters ended up with a bad bottle, but mine had no diacytel at all, and was really very drinkable. This stuff could give you a lethal hang over from being overly sweet though. Im glad I have some more of these around. Really good when its very cold.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Well, since I was not a big fan of the non-imperial version, I was not very optimistic. Expectations were exceeded. Taste was very clean maltiness, light citrus, some pine and just a hint of booze. Very nice.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by puddintane: Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, floral and citrus hops with some sweet pale malty notes. Flavor, citrus and floral notes, slight bitterness, very sweet caramel notes.
hophead75 (2012) - 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.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from ucusty. Murky amber with a dense off white head. Sweet malt and orange nose, some earthy notes, a bit of pine, rather fruity. Very earthy flavor, a bit of pine in the back, caramel. Nose is far more interesting than the flavor, but still a nice beer. Borders in a barleywine.
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, 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. What’s with all of these sad 3.5 faces? I thought it was very good! 4.1!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First rating for this beer! Poured at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville. Pours a clear copper color, with a thick, foamy light tan head. looks pretty nice. Smells of big hops, with some definite malty characters surrounding it. Seems to be balanced so far. The taste is actually big on the malt flavors. Almost creamy, with the big hops making their presence known as well. Pretty complex and interesting. Not awesome, by any means, but pretty solid.