wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, 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 (8962) - 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!
argo0 (12818) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Lightly hazed dark amber body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some orange. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some orange, caramel. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light acidity.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of miketd. Thanks, Mike! Pours a dense, golden-amber color; off-white head with large-bubbled retention. Dense, piney and earthy hop character in the aroma; maple syrup and candy sugar maltiness, with some overripe fruit. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: definitely shows a significant malty / earthiness, more so even than any hop character; the hoppy presence is in the background: some earthy and citrus notes, overshadowed by tea-like malts. Underwhelming. Medium, tea-like malts and overripe fruits in the finish.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber, and served in a shaker. This brew poured a dark copper/amber color with a thick, beige head that slowly faded away. Some thick, sticky lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of very intense grapefruit and orange along with some sweet caramel malt notes. The flavor included some sweet citrus bitterness and some light caramel/toffee flavors. A bit underwhelming in the flavor department. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a solid dose of carbonation. Overall, this was a decently crafted IPA. Maybe not quite powerful enough to hang with the best of the "big" doubles.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bomber. Fairly hazy mahogany-orange hue. Bold fruity aroma of grapefruit, pear, and pineapple. A late coating of butterscotch unfolds slowly. Taste has a sawdust bite. Beneath the grind, a syrupy monstrosity of orange, rum candy, toffee and dead vinegar character. Some floral hops and banana sweetness. Sharp and hot palate of aerosol strength. Biting, and underwhelming. Thanks for sharing, Ken!
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of shigadeyo. Big hop aroma from the start. Nice thick mouthfeel. The hoppy aroma is not matched in the taste. Solid IIPA. Looking forward to trying more from the Frog.
blankboy (7058) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml) shared with tupalev, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of jerc & mabel. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber-orange with an average size diminishing creamy off-white head. Wonderful aroma of fresh, green spicy hops -- nice! Flavour (which is oh so fresh and oh so tasty) of lots and lots of hops (citrus, pine and more) backed by enough malt to balance it out -- but it’s really all about the hops! Alcohol well hidden. Medium to full bodied. So easy to drink, this is simply fuggin’ amazing -- wow!
egajdzis (5871) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, light caramel malts, pine, a bit of citrus fruits, toffee, and some bread. Taste of caramel malts, light pine, resin, with faint tobacco, and a moderate grapefruit bitterness throughout. Alcohol was well masked.