jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very clear orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma is malty, with a touch of floral hops, and loads of citrus hops - some grapefruit, sweet (mandarin) orange, apricot. The flavor is more of the same - amazing fresh citrus and hop taste, sweet malts than balance the hops quite well, and hints of caramel and honey on the middle of the tongue from those sweet malts. The finish is bitter, grapefruity, and somewhat dry with a long, cloying, hoppy after-taste. The mouthfeel is very nice - smooth and velvety. The carbonation is just right - it isn’t sharp on the tongue, but does present itself by subtly tickling the middle and back of the tongue. A rather good IPA.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a thick to rocky light tan head that laces with gold color. Aroma is lots of sweet citrus hops, zesty, with some bitterness, secondary medium malt. Taste is lots of sweet citrus hops-grapefruit, bitter, a bit raw, zesty, pine, secondary medium malt. Mild/OK carbonation.
thegreenrooster (3649) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is orange with a small white head that thined out to large bubbles. Aroma is a nice helping of pine/citrus hops. Very clean and refreshing. Flavor is also a very nice crisp hop with a malty biscutness. Looks great smells better and taste even better. No real alcohol presence but I know its there. Pretty darn good beer.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep red-orange with some pink highlights. Small, diminishing cream-colored head.
The aroma is promising with lots of fir-tree hops and a fair amount of balancing caramel maltiness. The nose also picks up definite orange presence and suggestions of a perfume that I might as well call papaya.
The flavor profile is uncomplicated: bitter. There’s a little acidity, some halfhearted attempt at balancing sweetness, but not much. Just bitter. And some alcohol. I think the palate’s a bit on the thin side and there’s definitely some metallic tinge to the finish, which is fine.
I’ve had a lot of this style lately and this one doesn’t hold muster. Seems nice up front, but doesn’t back it up in the mouth.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber. Amber in color. Aroma is citrus hops and malt. Taste is citrus and malt with a powerful piney bitterness.
Funknmilla (730) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
So breaks the fast ...lagunitas...ya I need this lagunitas...mild foam ..copper colored... loose lacing....up front grapefruit and lemon peel...finish is bitter with a piney aftertaste..not my favorite IPA, but well crafted.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Golden coloured with a rather large head. A bit malty and very hoppy. Slightly perfumed but alltogether a pretty good body. Hints of pines and soap.
wxman (1615) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pale amber with a marginal fluffy white head. Aroma dominated by floral hops. Smooth, clean, crisp and hoppy taste. Sweet maltiness and citrus notes come through as well. Well balanced; not too much alcohol noted. Very good.
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber in colour, creamy beige tinged head, great lacing with about 1cm of sediment in the bottom of my glass. The aroma is of piney hops, caramel malts, some light alcohol, orange and grapefruit. The flavour is quite piney, lots of caramel sweetness, some orange citrus, earthy. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long with some alcohol warmth and lots of hops. Pretty good, I was surprised by the large amount of sediment.
650ml bottle from <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york target=blank>Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. No Best Before date.
pintbypint (3075) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml brown bottle. Deep gold colour, full thick, white head, lots of sticky clinging foam. At first pine jumps out in the aroma, then lighter citrus notes, lemon and grapefruit, malt is barely there. Slight initial fruiiness, sweet orange, light caramel malt sweetness in the middle, finishes with abundant pine/grapefruit hop flavours, bittereness is moderate in intensity but long lasting. Medium creamy body, cabonation is light and soft. Alcohol is not noticable at all. This was my first Imperial/Double IPA, it was not quite as bold as I was expecting, but I was not disappointed. Rather I found it strong, hoppy and flavourful without being imposing. Will be returning to this beer often.