ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, clear amber body with a creamy, off-white head. Some lacing. The aroma is grapefruit and pine. Moderade bitterness, good caramel backbone (especially at the end), nice g-fruit hop flavor. Finish is slightly soapy.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a pale copper golden, with a thin tuft of white head. Nose is nutty and malty sweet with no real hop action. Flavor is pretty tame. Some honey like sweetness and a mild residual bitterness. I guess the bar has been set way too high on double ipaís for some brewers.
lonniedon (2) - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 4, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a little activity inside after the slow pour and then a mild amber sand stone color emerges with little head carring a verry jumpy taste with a bold brite aromma and a small after taster of pine trees.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, sixer. Cloudy golden pour, vicious chunky head that quickly faded. Very piney aroma, marked orange tones. Smooth and almost like it wants to be a little sweet with a kick in the ass of hops, hops are mostly sticky pine, but short aftertaste, fruity hops tones. Nice and even body. Not at all harsh, just very abrupt and punchy. Indeed, much better than I anticipated.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 12oz bottle pours amber with a nice fluffy white head that didnít stay long.. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, caramel malts, and some nce sweet blends of those. Flavor is nice full bodied caramel with an assault of pine and grapefruit. Finish is some caramel sweetness but mostly the bitter pine and grapefruit hops..Not bad!
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from trade with acertain
Shared with malachi and hezron. I was looking forward to this one. It poured with a rich white had. The liquid underneath was an opaque golden with visible carbonation. Hints of grapefruit, pine needles and a general flowery bouquet wafted out of the glass towards my nose. My first impression upon taking a sip was of caramel or toffee dipped pine with a nice balance of bitterness and hops. The finish was great; my only complaint being that it could have lasted a little longer. I look forward to getting my hands on another bottle - this is an IPA I could drink regularly.
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a thick white head that fades in a few minutes to a smaller head. Surprisingly clear for such a big beer. Tons of hop noteswith a little citrus. Good stong hoppy flavor, and a thick mouth feel. Does itís job, but then I like big beers.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of lots of hops, of the Cascade variety. Pours a ligher shade of amber than I would have expected - filtered and see-thru. The head on this sucka is Maximus. Tastes like a good IPA should. You get that local brew pub hoppiness in this widly distributed brew. Nice. The taste left on the palate is plesent and dosenít annoy. Thank God this is an UNLIMITED release!
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear copper color with a small head.Great pine/citrus hop aroma.A nice balance of hop and malt with a great bitter finish.Only downfall is the body is a little thin.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Picked this beer up on a business trip to Arizona.
It pours a dark orange/amber with a solid head and steady lacing.
The smell is good and balanced hops. Not over the top at all, but delicate and citrusy. Itís got a subtle yeastiness in the smell thatís like a good fresh bread.
The taste is subtle at first, light green hops, a good bit of sweet/sour bitters. Nothing mind blowing, but a beer doesnít need to be "huge" to be damn good. I would put this in the just write catagory. Not a landmark beer, but if you see one out and about, dont hesitate to pick one up!
Amended: I let this big bitch warm up...HOLY DAMN this is a different beer! drink at 55-60 degrees and this beer is awesome!