BBB63 (6527) - 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 (39608) - 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.
Grovlam (4203) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. [Courtesy of Papsoe, quality tasting @ Papsoe] Average creamy like off-white head that mostly diminished. Good display of lacework. Cloudy amber color. Heavy aroma of hoppy notes: floral, perfume, citrus, grapefruit, pine. Also some caramel, peach / apricot / fruity mix and some licorice. Full bodied with a very dry texture and an average carbonation. Moderated bitter flavor with light sweet notes. Lingering dry and bitter finish. Very nice double IPA! 28-09-2007
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange red coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of fruits, caramel, hops and pine needles.
Flavour of fruits, caramel, hops, grape fruits and pine needles.
Dry hoppy finish.
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 (7507) - 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 (25063) - 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.