KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via miketd. Dark amber color. Smell of caramel, hops, citrus, malt, flowers, pine, cotton candy and appricots. Smells better than it tastes. Taste of malt, sugar, lite pine, citrus, caramel and flowers. Water down taste to it.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the bottle, courtesy of Secret Santa, pours a clear scarlet red with a very thick white foamy head. Aroma is a bit grassy, quite citrusy, I’d say grapefruit aroma if I had to be specific. Taste is bready, not as hoppy as I would have expected, really not hoppy at all. Thin in the mouth, a bit watery, some caramel in there. Not a bad beer here, though not as IPA as I’d expect.
kyzr (1362) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour thanks to shigadeyo. Almost amber pour with good frothy head. Nice citrus nose with a touch of roast. Flavor is all hops up front. Body is medium with a malty backbone that washes out to a clean finish.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of crizay. Pours copper/brown with an off white head that is big and lasting. Smells of tea, hints of citrus, and earthy. Tastes of tea, citrus and some caramel. Hints of bitterness on the end. A little on the malty side, but nicely balances with only a hint of resiny pine on the finish.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hell yeah, a well hopped american IPA and a good one at that, only problem with it is the availability only in bombers, oh well.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured in a tulip. Hoppin’ To Heaven pours a murky burnished copper. It’s darker than I expected. the head was small and rocky. It has a nice green hop (no pun intended) aroma. It has a good IPA flavor. The hop profile is spicy with citrus tones. There’s a hint of sweet fruit in it as well that adds depth an character without being overwhelming. This is a very good beer.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 Clearish red brown with a densish offwhite head disappearing. big floral hops, a bit past prime. Toasty. A bit thin, not too watery, with low carbonation. A bit orange citrusy a bit alcoholic. A bit unclean? Maybe soem Amarillo?
Rerate: 30 April 2008: I’m much more impressed this time and this was acquired at the same time as the previous bottle! The hops crispness has faded leaving remnants of spice. Some chocolate in the nose. Solid malty backbone. Really approaches American strong ale, Arrogant Bastard sort of territory with the dark malt presence. Rich. A bit of grapefruit in the back on flavor. Creamy palate. Aroma +1, Flavor +1, Palate +1, overall +0. The toast is a bit annoying, but not overpowering. Some diacetyl.
igneous1 (1531) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
color is bronze, minimal head, aroma is lightly citrusy and more piney with just a hint of alcohol, very slight. flavor is quite caramelly with a decent amount of bitterness, especially coming on in the finish. pretty darn good. has a nice tongue-numbing quality.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Secret Santa crizay for this one! Beautiful reddish amber with a small but pillowy head. Aroma is nice and hop oriented, grapefruit with a good bit of orange marmalade. Flavor is considerably more malty, caramel, biscuit, and some roast. Hops tend towards spicy with a citric undertone. Nice.
EithCubes (5553) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma a big, fulfilling rush of grapefruit, pine, and resin; strong caramel overtones with strong pineapple and some gritty, earthy hops. Really very fruity! Dark coppery brown body, looks a lot like an Altbier, with a creamy hop-infused beige/tanned head with lacing creeping up the sides. Really good, enduring lace. Very dark for an IPA. Funky, earthy, almost filthy hoppy taste, most of the tropical flavors of the aroma but with more emphasis on the caramel and dark malt. Stronger notes of wood and dry hops, light sweetness and citrus, bready with just a touch of caramel. Very interesting mix of tones. Medium-bodied, a touch of water here and there but on the whole very much a quaffer. Unique for an IPA; doesn’t deserve Grandmaster status, but a tasty, complex brew!