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 (1663) - 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 (6633) - 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 (5622) - 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.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Jerc, Mabel, and Blankboy, courtesy of Jerc and Mabel. Dark brown, decent sized orange tinted white head. Great aroma, very fresh hops. Good taste, malty, hops, bread notes. Medium bodied. A very drinkable Double IPA! Alcohol not really a factor here. Great stuff.
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Lightly hazy dark amber body with a small but thick creamy beige head and nice lacing on the glass. (3+) Huge hoppy aroma creeps out of the glass on its own power. Green sprucey aroma with moderate resin to the hops. (8+) Moderate bitterness for a DIPA is well balanced by malt, and a strong dose of hoppy resin. Odd but pleasant melange of citrus. Smooth medium palate. Very nice and dangerously drinkable.
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Fairly brown body on this... much more so than expected. A little bit of a reddish highlight shows up in the light. Head is small and quickly fades away into just a few bubbles and some filmy residue on the surface. Aromas are pineapple and grapefruit heavy and the caramel malt structure is readily detectable. Flavor: Malt presence is darker than I expected. Rather than a caramel malt, it is more in line with a toffee. It’s hard to pick up... I detected it right at the onset of the first sip and since then the hops assault is keeping it held at bay. This hop presence is nicely done and not too aggressive, but still is the main focus. Grapefruit and pineapple are mainstays, and a bit of a pine needle presence is in the aftermath leaving a fairly nice flavor to think about till the next sip.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the malt here is a bit too carmelized, and the hops a bit under assertive. Too bad. I was really looking forward to this after trying the Crusher. It’s fine, but not fine enough to distinguish itself from a very competitive group.