BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF ’07. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (grain, meal), heavy hops (flowers, pine, grapefruit), average yeast (sweat, soap) with notes of peach and pineapple. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper golden pour, small tan head, nice lace. Huge aroma, hop flowers citrus, tropical fruits, caramels. Well coated thick lightly creamy palate. Full tropical fruit sweet candied passion fruits, hints of strawberry, a bit of caramel and a dry bitter finish. Very nice brew.
EithCubes (5307) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Bottle. Whoa, don’t see 168 IBUs every day! Sweetish grapefruit, orange rind, lychee aroma with plenty of pine and even more malt. Just a touch of resin and slightly more caramel. Huge hop character! Deep amber-chestnut with a soapy tanned head. Bone dry - I usually reserve the adjective "soul-sucking" for such cases. Caramel malt taste, especially in the aftertaste, slightly bready with a bit of resin. Pine a little stronger than the resin, with a bit of a soapy slick on the fat body. Lightly acidic, and no real alcohol for its heft. Crystal malt detracts somewhat here, and the overall impression is a little less-than-clean. Strong bitterness but somewhat undercut by the dark fruitiness / yeast strain. A good one, but still somewhat of a disappointment from one of my favorite new brewers.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
While I tend to associate double IPAs with a strong malt backbone, this one is 90 percent about the hops with minimal maltiness. In fact, there’s so much hop character to this, that if you are looking for a lesson in American hops, this is a good place to start. Aroma is full of citrus and pine. Notes of grapefruit, peach and orange. The pour was copper and slightly hazy with a small, off-white head. The flavor is moderately to heavily bitter and slightly sweet. Moderately acidic for a dry finish. Medium to full body results in some stickiness. Moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Huge orange citrus aroma and caramel malt presence. Taste is straight up dank orange and caramel malt. Very straightforward, but surprisingly good for how simple it was.
Re-rate: Jan 29, 2008
Tons of fruity hops, grains, pine. harsh bitterness. No improvement or worsening noted.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. thanks to miketd for this. pours clear slightly dark amber with creamy off-white head. looks pretty good to me. nose has some risiny hops with grassy, grapefruity, and that smell of an ipa right after the hops have lost their peak freshness. there’s a sweet smell either coming from the alcohol or caramel malts. first sip indicates the hops are not that fresh, not too bitter anymore, some nice caramelized malt notes, nutty, along with piney and fruity hop flavors. carbonation is really smooth, best carbonation out of all the hoppin frog beers. alcohol is well hidden. reminded me a lot of winter yulesmith. and yes this does taste more like an imperial red now but maybe when it’s a bit fresher it’s got a bigger hop profile and the malts don’t take such a dominate role. either way, i don’t think this beer is that fresh but it’s still very tasty, and didn’t annoy me like other ipas that have just lost their freshness peak. wow i’m surprised i’m liking this this much, it’s not very complex but extremely drinkable and tasty. i had this rated higher but it couldn’t stand geting a little warmer, it almost became undrinkable.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Pours a deep almost murky copper hue with a fading head but left outstanding rings of lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of fruity hops (grapefruit, tangerine, herbs, pine, clove) along with biscuity and crystal malts. While it is good on a the nose, it is not as fresh and clean as the the Coronado IPA I had before it.
The taste is indeed bitter, juicy, and astringent as expected with big hop additions. It is backed by caramelized, bready, and rye malts with a punch of pepper and clove towards the finish. Seems to lack the punch of the best of the genre however. The mouth feel is medium-bodied with a dryness and metallic finish. Seems to suffer some of the same issues as the Hoppin to Heaven or perhaps the Coronado IPA I drank before this spoiled me. Good enough methinks.
MJ is spot on, seems more like an Imperial Red than a Imperial IPA.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After pretty high expectations, I must say I was let down. I don’t know if the big west coast brews are spoiling me in regards to IPA’s? It was good, but definitely not an eye opener. It was a nicely balanced brew - heavier on the malt than most. Heavy, heavy grapefruit influence... eh.
yespr (37030) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle, thanks to Storm. Pours slight hazy orange with a little lacing head. Grapefruity aroma, a minor malt aroma underneath. Dry hoppy flavour, only minor grapefruit flavour in between. Very dry finish. A bit of sweetness would for my palate have put this close to perfection.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle: Pours bloody red with a thin skim of head on top. Wow, the nose really takes me back to the first time I smelled a fresh Dreadnaught a few years ago. Extremely bright hops offer fresh orange, sweet grapefruit, candied oranges, fresh mowed grass and perfumey rose petals. Great aroma. The alcohol numbs the tongue as a malty middle presents itself with notes of sugary caramel, honey and plenty of hops. It finishes moderately bitter, letting me enjoy the wonderful balance of hops and malts from start to finish without tongue scraping rind. This is well done.