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 (3125) - 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!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, gold color with a nice hoppy smell. Very nice taste of a sweetness but it had more of a malt flavor to it. Nice bitter finish at the end. I wouldnt say it doggone good like it says on the bottle. Just good for an Imperial IPA.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head, strong hop aroma. 22 oz. $3.39 at Fred Meyer. What a deal. Even though hop flavor is strong too much maltiness seeps through for my idea of an imperial. Very good though, strong bitter aftertaste that lingers.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(03.17.06) One pint, 6 oz brown bottle purchased from Liquorama.com. 7.5% ABV. IBU 72.41, OG 1.080. Pours clear orange with tiny white head. Soft carbonation. Sweet malt and hop in the nose. Full bodied IPA that starts with moderate malt sweetness and intense citrus (grapefruit)/pine resin flavors. Hop flavors and bitterness increases in the middle. Finishes with lingering hop flavor and bitterness with soap-like flavor fade. An unbalanced beer, this aggressive hoppy beer will leave the inside of your mouth feeling raw. Diehard hopheads will love this beer. Not for the timid.
DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can you have too much of a good thing? I think so, after having tasted this beer. Maybe its because I found it unbalanced or poorly integrated or whatever adjective you want to choose, but this had all the rich colour and powerful green hop aroma I expected, however the palate was overpowered by bitter hop flavour, leaving it a bit harsh. Heavy mouthfeel, but not smooth as youíd expect. It was still good, but it just didnít strike me as it did some of the other raters.