jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pine and citrus hop flavors with a solid presence of sweet malt, I thought this had a surprisingly complex flavor. Enjoyable.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a clear amber/orange with a thick foamy beige head that lasts. Some nice heavy lacing is left behind. The aroma is very citrusy along with a good dose of toffee and caramel. The flavor is mainly grapefruit and caramel. The are also notes of pine and bread. Flavor is well balanced. Finish is lightly bitter and quick. The mouthfeel is just slightly oily/resiny with a bit of carbonation. Medium-bodied. Very well done. My only complaint might be that this beer may not be strong enough to hold up against other double IPAs.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #19. tasted 5/30/06. 22oz bomber. Hazy and amber brown. Biscuit and piney hops. Spicy. Bitter spices and off-dry. Caramel malts. Dry and good.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden coloured with a white head. Grapefruit and a bit of pine like aroma. The tatse is mostly hops but they aren’t huge and explosive like I would expect an IIPA. There is some good bitterness though. Overall pretty good, but not great.
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not being privey to many Yankee IIPA’s, comparisons are few and far beetween. This one just seemed a little to soft and restrined compared with other tried in the past. No tounge fuzzing bitterness, and the hop aroma seemed a little one dimensional
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours fairly light orange/copper with minimal white head. Decent aroma of sweet hops (grapefruit/the usual) with some malt to back it up. Same for the palate. A tad thin. Not a creamy as I like my IIPA’s Decent balance between hops and malt. Average IIPA, but still better that your everyday beer.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated 3/8/07: Was able to get a couple 12 oz bottles from one of my regular stops. While I find this to be a nicely crafted IPA, it doesn’t appeal very highly to me. Hearty hop presence but they seem to act more as a bittering agent thus lacking in the flavoring department. Thick golden copper pour with a one and a half finger head and thick lacing, looks solid. Thicker mouthful than the standard IPA it came across as chewy which I liked but the finish is a touch soapy. Aroma is bitter with a lackluster citrus scent, malt is bready. Flavor is pretty good but like I said before I look forward to a more floral citrus bouquet in my IPA’s, this one is malty and bitter. Resinous and thick I like the malt content but long for more grapefruit and pine flavors.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 bottle- clear, copper color. piney pnw hops that smell great. Taste is very imperial like, with caramel malts dominating a bit. Still some bitterness, but nothing drastic. Pretty well balanced. Given other brews available in this style, I would not go back to this as an option anytime soon. draft- 06/08- enjoyed this quite a bit more on draft as the hop flavor really shined. re-rate bottle- 07/08- again,, liked this considerably more than the earlier rating stated. would absolutely go to this again.
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper color with a white-colored head.
Smell: Sharp, sweet pine hop aroma with notes of caramel.
Taste: Firm citrus, grapefruit flavors with a small amount of caramel left to balance out the hops. Hints of bread dough. Very dry, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Thin, but a bit oily, as well.
Drinkability: This one wasn’t for me. Thin to a fault, and the malt flavor could be more distinct.
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber shared with rebelbeerguy. Poured a hazy orangeish/amber with a small off white head. Aroma was flowers, pine and some caramel malt in the background. Flavor was a little weak compared to the aroma but pleasant none the less. Pretty good beer all around.