DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours fiery red with a small, off-white head. The head quickly fades to nothing. Looks like it doesn’t have much carbonation and there’s no lacing. Whateva. Hops in the aroma are not as overwhelming as I would expect given the amount of IBUs the label lists. Nice, sweet, balanced aroma. Sweet, sugary, resiny hops with a strong malt undertow. Iced tea. Taste is sweet, smooth, slightly hoppy. Not nearly as bitter as anticipated but still quite bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little flat. This is a good beer, certainly not extreme or one of the better in the styles but good nonetheless.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to RagallachMC for the bottle. Slightly hazy orange color with a medium head. Good lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus/grapefruit hops with a considerable amount of caramel. Taste is very balanced; a ton of caramel malt along with the tropical fruit hops. Medium body. Bitter, nearly astringent finish.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to shigadeyo for sending me this one. Pours a deep red/orange body with nice head. Aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, light perfume and malt. Flavor is smooth for an IIPA, caramel, citrus/grapefruit and a I found at times a slight touch of cherry syrup. Nice maltiness to it.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Bottle from miketd - Thanks man!!! Copper color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is big, fresh, & hoppy - big piney-floral hops with just a hint of sweet caramelly malts. Flavor is really, really good - nearly a 10 with a smooth and tingly finish. The fantastic hop flavor meets some really nice malts that are just bready enough. Really good - best new DIPA I’ve had in awhile. Now all these guys have to do is distribute to PA (its not that far from Ohio!!!!)
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! What a tribute to Judas Priest these guys offer; that’s right, I can go "Old School". Nose of pure pine at first, with perfumed spice; smells wicked good. The brew pours a sparkling copper. The lovely cascade resolves into a tall & stiff off-white head that is mostly lasting and leaves good lace. The balance is pretty surprising cosidering the bottle lists 168 IBU’s. I wish I had the patience to let this warm some, but the quaff level is just too high to resist. Very, very deep. The full chewy body is soft, the finish feels clean. I just made a new friend.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW. This was certainly a palate cleanser that stood in stark contrast to the sips of Belgian Red I enjoyed from my wife’s glass just before it. Notes of hops on the nose makes it difficult to detect what more lies underneath. On the palate is fairly aggressive hops, both grapefruit and blue spruce, with lemon zest and lemon drop candy. A solid IIPA, but I wasn’t overwhelmed. Grumpy Trolls BA Maggie Imperial IPA was be fair the better, which I enjoyed immediately after this one.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, murky, golden color. Smell is hops and more brutal hops. It’s a combination of citrus and piney, floral hops. Not a palate numbing hop assault. Well balanced and a good amount of bitterness. Good beer from an even better brewer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW 2007. Poured a clear orange color with an off white head. Pleasant aroma of citrusy hops, toasted bread, toffee, and subdued graham cracker. Slightly sweet on the tongue with assertive resiny, citrusy hop flavor and bitterness that overwhelm the comparatively meager malty toasted bread in the background. Tasty.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Tap @ GTMW (August 2007) and even better when fresh from the bottle (January 2008.) Softly and cautiously ruby amber in color with a tight café froth tan head. Aroma lures with grass stains, lemon grass roots, grapefruit pulp and bitter mango enzyme. A touch of sweetened cedar pulls through the aromatic backdoor with amaretto and strawberry cotton. Flavor comes in authorative balance. Papaya, peaches and fuji apples crest at the top of the tongue, followed by citric zested grass on a dried out prairieland. Enzymes dominate with grapefruit, papaya and starfruit, aiding the authoritatively bitter and resplendently balanced caramel character. Finish sticks with maple coated pine needles and a clean, spring morning, cotton aftertaste and an abundance of caramel.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Oily hop aroma. Pours a nice burnt amber/caramel. Lots of dry piny hops with a decent amount of malt. The dry hops definitely dominate the flavor profile. Medium to full bodied. Fairly viscous and oily.