HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Pours a clear orange color with a steady big head: I love it. The smell is worth drooling over: some fresh flowers, orange, tangerine and other citric fruits. Flavor is mostly in line with the hop aroma, soft flower flavor, but when I say that it doesnít give this beer justice. Great lacing down the glass. Thereís something about this beer that makes "MAXIMUS" appropriate.
scanman (149) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is not a one-dimensional IPA. There are some real nice toasted malt and caramel notes. The hops donít overpower the aroma , although there are a lot of carpet-y arrangements. Nice carbonation and very refreshing aftertaste make this a solid deluxe IPA. Iíd definitely buy it again. Iíd like to try it on tap.
jrob21 (2761) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a big offwhite head. Big ups to Tom for this tasty double. Big piney, hopy aromas. Nice malt that just coats your mouth enough. Slightly creamy and nice slight bitter finish. Very smooth.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bomber. Awesome piney hop aroma and even better thick, foggy caramel color. A bit fizzy at the end, great balance to the bitterness. Iíve been drinking the regular IPA but will search this one out now.
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops, and caramel. Flavor is the same with a decent bitter finish. Much better then their regular IPA, not that the regular IPA is bad because itís pretty good. Definately a decent double IPA.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from the Foodery in Philly. Wonderfully bright grapefruit and piney aroma. Bracing hoppy flavor with more grapefruit and a toffee/caramel note. Enough malt to provide a reasonably good balance but the hops tend to get the best of the glass every now and then. Silky and creamy mouthfeel and a crisp, dry and very bitter finish (maybe just a tad too bitter every few sips). But for the occassional balance issues, this would be a great IIPA but itís still quite good and worth more than just a try.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of pine & resin, brown sugar, alcohol & flowers. Pours a sparkling clover honey.
The light frothy off-white head is fully diminishing with minimal lacing. The robust flavor
has a wonderful citric start leading to moderate alcohol warmth at the middle; and resolves
into a rich bitter finish. The medium palate is dry and soft.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to after4ever for the sample. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a straw head. The aroma is lightly sweet, with citrus and floral/grassy notes. The body is medium and creamy, even a bit sticky. The taste starts toffee sweet, with the same notes as the smellÖ then hops really kick in. The finish is clean and bitter.
Theis (13986) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml - Alone - hhmmmmm lovely. Clear amber - off-white head. Malty, sweet, very hoppy, grass, pine, citrus, resin, bitterness, honey.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper orange with a mod-large light yellow head. Aroma of caramel malts, grain, sticky resiny pine hops and a little grapefruit. As far as aromas go, this blows their IPA out of the water. This does have some balance, though it leans toward the hops a fair amount, as expected. The taste is mainly grapefruit and pine, with some caramel backing it up. A slight bit of peanuts as well? Light-mod carbonation, medium body. Very nice. Right on the average of 3.75.