scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing Ken. Dark amber, creamy white head. Intense buttery floral nose that rests over dried apricot and caramel tones. Bitter dry floral hop flavors receive a light sweet caramel backing at room temp, but this truly remains hop-sided from start to finish. Medium bodied, light carbonation, bitter finish. Could use a bit more complexity for a D-IPA, but still nice none the less…
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to sliffy! Poured clear, fiery reddish-orange with a short cap of beige head sticking around. The aroma was quite lovely.. heavy grapefruit meat and caramel sweetness supporting grapefruit, pine, and other light fruity bitter notes.. almost smelled a touch grainy and resiny.. if those characteristics are perceptible in the nose. The flavor had a long, drawn-out grapefruit theme to it beginning with alcohol-enhanced bitterness on the tip of the tongue, transitioning to sweet grapefruit meat across the middle, and finishing with the return of the hefty bitterness.. caramel sweetness and orange zest played minor roles, along with some floral and grassy notes.. long, bitter finish with some alcohol warmth and power. Medium-heavily bodied.. syrupy across the middle.. high, consistent bitterness with nice balance all the way through. This was by no means complex, but it was a mighty fine, tasty brew.
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of boboski. Slightly hazy amber golden with a small, creamy, off-white head leaving a discreet lacework. Extremely fresh citrus aroma. Medium body, dry as a bone - absolutely no malt sweetness - completely dominated by citrusy and peachy hop accents. The finish is bitter. 280907
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Bottle. A amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is caramel malt, peach, pine and hoppy, so is the taste. Medium body with a very dry finish.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried on tap.
robustly floral - a bouquet of an aroma - which sets it apart within its double IPA cohort. Very clean, crisp - an area which many double IPA’s have a slight inherent handicap in. Although strongly hopped, no sharp or rough character.
Beautifully floral, clean drinking hophead satisfying double IPA rivaling any competitor. Another great beer Akron can be proud of!
garthicus (2755) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cheers kmweaver) Cognac colour, caramel aroma with a citrus twist, a sweet body with hops and toffee to boot, very enjoyable,
RoJoNo (28) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap at Mad Mex 9/28/07 -- Intoxicating aroma; grabs your tongue and doesn’t let go.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 Awesome bonus bomber from nolankowal. Hops jumps out at you when you pop the cap. Pours with a small head in my tulip glass. Relatively clear deep amber color. Hops aroma fades a little bit and is replaced by melanoidal malt with no off flavors. Can’t wait to drink it, which is always good. Take a big swallow. Easy to drink. Interesting blend of hops, with a smaller amount of grapefruit hops. Bitterness is generally pretty low. Almost tempted to call it an American strong ale, but DIPA is better. Pretty darn tasty.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber... Pours dark amber, somewhat hazy, with a small tan head. Strong aroma of hops immediately hits the nose. Bitter hops flavor gets pushed to the background as the malts make themselves more apparent. Thanks to vyvvy for this bottle.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from the bottle a clear amber and honey orange color. The nose instantly makes me think of so-called Imperial Red ales, with heavy caramel malts, sharp hops and a light dose of alcohol as well. The malt aroma has that maraschino cherry and fusel quality that reminds me of Hog Heaven. Tastes sweet, with more of that maraschino cherry and caramel malt flavor, along with some rough but sticky (and syrupy) pine. Quite hoppy. A strange IPA/imperial red/ASA beer. Thanks for sharing ken!