Oakes (15803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden. Earthy and lightly fruity hop aroma. Smooth for an IIPA, the beer has a light citrus note, accent of both tropical and orchard fruit and a fairly mellow caramelly malt character. Good, and pretty quaffable for the style.
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ brewpub. Deep coppery gold. Nice lace. Aroma is more floral than expected, a bright, clean, deep hop. Body is great--mellow, much smoother than it should be for such a high ABV--very well made and well-structured beer. Nice malt sweetness. Impressively clean, and surprisingly balanced by solid malt character--although certainly assertive hops. Quality stuff.
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught in 10oz glass: Poured a hazy orange that cleared a bit as it sat (but not to long because I enjoyed it), with a white head. The aroma was citrus and piney hops. The taste was complex with fruit, caramel sugar, and just enough hops to keep the tongue waiting for the next sip.
BigcaseObeer (2) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 16, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brady did it again, this is a real one of a kind.
It has a full aroma of citrus that complements the hops vary well. It is also better every time and bigger in taste. This 07 batch is great.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Name: Elsa’s Hop Elixir
clear dark yellow, sweet piney hop aroma and flavor, nice long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 9/20
hopdog (11579) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle given to me by Whaleman (thanks a million for this one Dave!!!). Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus (grapefruit and oranges), all around fruity, lighlty earthy and a hint of caramel. Tastes of citrus, sweet fruitiness, pineapple, and caramel. Dave did mention that this bottle was a few months old, but it is still tasty - granted, the pure hoppiness has probably died down, but it did have a nice balance.
rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Elsa’s 2006 at the Taproom thanks Brady for the Private stash.
This maybe Brady McKeon’s best beer which is saying quite a lot. It is bigger and much better than past versions where a few were too dry and couldn’t support the hop character. And some had yeast questions. The aroma is a beautiful mix of alcohol and Columbus/Simcoe hops. A little grassy but not bad. Pours rich and smooth with nice head retention and lacing. The flavor is grapefruit citrus with some pine character. Mild grassy flavor in the background. Floral yeast character found in most of Il Vicino’s house ales is nice. Slightly sweet for a double IPA perhaps becuase of the house yeast but still incredibly well balanced. This is reminiscient of the first version but with better balance and hop character. Some may characterize as a Double Pale Ale, but I think it is a double IPA that remembers that you need balance to be enjoyable.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by goldtwins: Pours a pale golden with a thin, lightly-lacing white ring of foam. Aroma of earthy piney hops with some toasty pale caramel malt. Starts with a sweet sugary crystal maltiness and a dry, crisp nicely balanced finish. A very drinkable IPA with a strange kind of hop I’m not used to.
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark gold body. Big hop aroma, but it’s like candied hops. There’s something odd in the aroma that I’m not digging. This is the fruitcake of IPAs.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Whaleman for the bottle. Poured a hazy light amber color with a small off-white head. Large hop aroma of grapefruit, grass, and earth/dirt. Hop bitterness takes over from the start and goes for a long finish. Grapefruit starts in the middle.