blankboy (7118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a clear bubbly copper with a small diminishing white head. Big aroma of fresh citrus hops with a touch of malt -- it smells wonderful! Flavour’s the same, lots of cascade hops with enough malt to balance it out. Medium bodied. Although it’s hoppy, with a name like "Cascazilla" it’s not as hoppy as I’d like it to be, but it’s still a damn good beer. A great session IPA.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shard with and courtesy of blankboy. Neat name and label. Pours more of a dark orange than a self described red. Small bubbly white head. As advertised in the nose! A hop monster, huge lovely hop and malt, some alcohol - balanced nicely! Taste...is a let down after such a promising start, but still decent. Dry and watery at first, there is a good late citrus hop punch that redeems it. The problem is that it has only a little bit of the malt and body promised in the nose. A good little sipper. But throw some more malt in there and this would get to play with the big boys of the style.
kramer (5760) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via rudolf. Dark copper pour with a small beige head. Good staying power on the head even though it thined some. Big citrus and piney hop aroma over a heavy malt base. You can get a good sense of how big this beer is from the aroma. Big spritzy citric hop flavor backed up by large amounts of toffee and caramel malt. Long bitter finish. Full bodied with a chewy and sticky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation composed of fine bubbles. Imperial Reds, they’re awesome. This is very similar to Terrapin’s BHM, so if you liked that then give this a try. The heavier and deeper malt profile really hides the alcohol well in these and make them more enjoyable to me than standard IIPA’s.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Pours nice red with a little head, not much tho. Nice amount of bite from the piney hops. I wouldn’t say that this is too hoppy however, as the sweet malts mellow out the flavor quite a bit. Malts remind me more of a berry-like flavor than roasty. I really enjoyed this beer.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JAN 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Waterfront Ale House. For one thing, the bartender marketed it as a red ale, though I knew it was an IPA. Very different from west coast IPAs. Hoppy, but unbalanced. Heavy on the Cascade hops, which I would have guessed by the name. Somewhat citrusy flavor with a fair share of bitterness. Could have more matls to balance the flavor, but it was tasty none the less.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Piney, hemp-like cascade hopped aroma with a mild peat-like sweetness. Nice transparent amber/copper color with a disappointing fizzy, quickly dissipating off-white head. Hoppy pineiness to start with mild bittering in the middle. Nice roasted malts present to balance the hoppiness. A bit dry to finish. Mild bitterness to finish. I think this is very well done. Wish the head was nicer, though.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Buffalo Brewpub with goldenspunky: Somewhat clear deep amber body with a small eggshell head. The aroma is fresh pine/citrus/leafy hops that are as fresh as any good IPA out there. Taste is pine/citrus/grassy hops without being sticky or resiny, sweet caramel/toffee malt that hides in the background, then the bitter pine hops come through again in the finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Solid, very hoppy, IPA.
jb (2829) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange-brown color with a tan head with beautiful lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus and hops. Palate is liquidy - has plenty of malt, then slowly comes the cascade hops. Not too many hops, great great beer. Slips between categories.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured clear refractive amber with a smallish white head. Aroma is wonderful - lush fresh evergreen and citrus hops, fruity and floral, some mild malt too - smells like a balsam Christmas tree. Taste is even more piney - very sharp resiny hops, a hint of sweetish roast malt, finishes sharply bitter, almost like pine needles. Mouthfeel very astringent, light body - very nice, hops are sharper and less balanced than the west coast type, but perfect seasonal IPA for me.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts off with an apple pine scent. The beer has a dark body for an IPA. Pine comes through very strongly initially in taste which ends with aprocot. A nice and enjoyable IPA that’s very non-offensive.