JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
medium amber/red color, crystal clear, with smallsih light tan head. Aroma is full of resiny, citrusy, green hops, hint of grapefruit and pine needles, touch of light caramel and vanilla. Flavor is fairly hoppy and resiny, fair amount of light caramel and chewy malts, bit of oak, with a moderately bitter finish. A nice IIPA, definitely on the maltier side of the style, dancing the line between IIPA and barleywine, but pretty good overall.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one tasty 2IPA. Fruits, flowers, and pine in the aroma. The flavor has a hint of sweetness and is quite rich, yet not overpowering. Superb.
danglefruit (8) - Waldo, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this one up in the bomber after really enjoying the B.O.R.I.S. at Alefest. Wasn’t quite as "mean" as I was expecting, but this is still a decent brew. Color is reddish-orange with almost white head. Drops quickly. I definitely can taste the hops, but the backbone is sweet. Although I thouroughly enjoyed it, I thought at 168 IBU’s this would be a lot hoppier. I was slightly disappointed, but this is still a great ale. Good with Erie perch too.
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 (1834) - 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.