sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cirrus cloudy head, pillowy silk mouth. Nice hops in the nose, great chops in the blows. Drink this sh!t to get sh!tf@ced!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy golden with a small head that leaves adequate lacing. Aroma is very aggressively hopped. Notes of cirus are mostly grapefruit and orange. Chemical odors protrude. Leafy and with prickly alcohol. Flavor is unimpressive and at times annoying: bitter hoppiness clashes distinctly with toasty malts that seem only half extracted, raw. Finishes bitter and moderately dry. Not very good at all. There is a big difference between pleasant hops and nasty bitterness that is crossed over like it’s unimportant to differentiate between the two. The hops never seem fresh, but the beer undoubtedly is. Extreme hoppiness can’t mask these egregious flaws.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now that is an Imperial IPA! Pours dark tan brown with a frothy head. Has an incredibly strong hoppy flavor and scent. Mouthfeel is smooth and goes down with a little bit of an aftertaste but a good one in that.
Nephilium (1617) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow... a nice strong IIPA, big hop nose, light carbonation, somewhat cloudy tan color, with almost no head. The flavor is a nice balance of various hops running across the mouth, jumping down your throat, and having a party. This comes close to the Ruination in its ability to prevent tasting other beers. This is one I’m going to drink as much as I can while it’s available.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. limited release bottle 2007. Spring like grassy aroma. Hoppy with an exceptional bouquet and bitting bitter finish. Charming IPA in a nice and balanced range for a West Coast.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Re-rate; Wow this stuff has taken a turn for the ugly since it went to ’unlimited release’. Sweet and astringent, super piney and resinous. Ugh, I hope they don’t fuck up Hop Stoopid when it goes to wide release but I’m guessing it will happen.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy orange with off-white head. Nice orange citrus aroma with some pine zest. Hoppy through and through with the citrus and pine.
Doctormirk (100) - USA - MAR 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery’s loft / tasting room. Thick and delicious without tasting like hop resin. After reading a few other reviews that suggested this beer tastes like tea, I now know why I sometimes think my tea tastes like beer.
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz from matt at Capone’s. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a thick beige head. I smell oranges and a slight pine aroma. The hops hit you early and at the very end. In between it is all grapefruit and orange-zest. A very drinkable beer, except for the bitter in the aftertaste. I can still taste it in top of my throat. This makes it slightly less refreshing than other IPAs I have reviewed. Still a very well rounded brew.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bomber, shared with VeloVampire - pours a deep amber/golden shade, with a relatively small white head. Aroma is at first a big of citrusy, orangey hops, but then mellows a bit and you get a big dose of sweet malt as well. Mouthfeel is very buttery. Flavour is extremely well balanced, with lots of sweet, caramel malt and citrusy/piney hops in the mouth. The piney character of the hopping comes out mostly in the nicely bitter finish. Has a somewhat tea-like character. Much bigger malt presence in this one than most other dIPA’s. Really nice.