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.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red color with a small beige head and some heavy lacing. Aroma of piney and resinous hops with some sweet malts. Flavor is very hoppy(pine and resin) and also pretty sweet with caramel malts.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear pure brown with tan head. Whoa! that smells like a lot of hops. Not sure how they balanced it out, but the taste is not as overpowering as I had expected. This was wonderfully bitter but doesn’t leave that bitter residue. Very nice.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this beer has a wicked aroma that attacks the nose from across the table. Deep copper, with a thick off-white head. Copious amounts of resin from the hops have me anticipating the bite. Lighter than expected, and milder than I expected. Very good. Not quite heavy enough for an imperial IPA though.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a slightly hazed deep golden chestnut with a beige head. The aroma is hop forward with great citrus, piney and orange notes. Some sweet malt underneath. The flavor starts with nice piney, citrus flavors but it gets a little dirty/sweaty. Still mighty tasty. Some dry caramel malt in the middle of the hops. Dry mild-moderate bitterness with a good length to the finish. The alcohol hides well other than the warmth. Very nice beer. Medium bodied. I could see this as my "session IIPA" when compared to some of the full bodied ones like Unearthly.