MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Thanks to limesmut for the bottle. Hazy orange with a medium head. Aroma of earthy caramel malt and tropical fruit hops. Flavor was earthy with pine and tropical fruits that was very balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. Some spice in there also.
Nicely spicy and bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit too ’balanced’ for my taste.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but it actually suprised me. Not a huge hop nose, but a very nice hop flavor profile. Very easy to drink. Best Highland brew to date.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Dark amber body, smallish off-white head, caramel and piney hops in the nose. Well-balanced hops and caramel malts, fruity, a bit piney, but much too much alcohol presence in the finish.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, rich, hazy orange/ amber color. Aroma of hops, huge malt,and sweetness. The taste was sweet and earthy with nice hop bitterness in the finish. Taste like sweet hop candy. Yummmmm. This is how I like my IIPA’s. Thanks goes to Suttree for the bottle, know that!
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.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Strong floral hops aroma. Slightly hazy orange amber body, off-white head. Flavor is piney and earthy, powerful, with some background citrus. Lots of spicy bitterness. Very different from the usual grapefruit-dominant IPA.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Trappeze. Poured a deep amber orange, with minimal head. Aroma of sweet malt, spiced hop, and some floral hops as well. Taste was sticky sweet, with a nice hop bite. Finish was bitter, though not as bitter as some other IIPAs. Overall, a nice brew.
AR (937) - Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There was not the strong aroma present that would usually be associated with an Imperial IPA. That, however, was deceiving. The flavor was strong in this full-bodied ale. Also was very smooth for an Imperial. Good job.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very clear amber body was topped by a one finger thick head, and had lots of carbonation streamers running through it. The smell of the beer was a little muted for the style, and I could detect mango, pineapple, hay, grapefruit, and some spice. The taste was nicely balanced between bitter and sweet, with none overpowering the other. There were some tropical fruit flavors, and a lingering spiciness, but the overall flavor profile was simple and bold. The feel was sticky, and mouth coating, and the finish dry. An unassuming DIPA with decidedly English take.
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. There’s a nice spicy and peppery characther too that breaks up the intense bitterness. Medium-full oily body with gentle carbonation.