Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium to light orange, decent head. Bitter but pleasant aroma. Hop blast with a focus on the bitterness. Malts are strong, trying to balance the hops, but they just can't do it. Almost like a tannin driven Zinfandel that hasn't mellowed yet.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beutiful orange/gold color with a light lacy head. Smells like fresh hops, and tastes like it too. Citrusy, crisp clean finish.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2004 creamy pine floral sweet yet hop deluxe. plain fruit citrus, sticky pine aftertaste. i think this is the nearest (emphasis on NOT being dreadnaught) i've gotten to dreadnaught. this is excellent, yes, but it lacks. it feels thick, but the intention is not as thick it could be. i need something thicker. i need a larger soul. i've been spoiled, that's why. UPDATE 9/24/04: it's been awhile! thanks KEVIN!!! this is really just a hopped up IPA of their own... there's definitely a weak IIPA going on. rather than being seduced by the sirus of fruits and other sweets, i'm given a quasi-stinging tropical floor cleaner. it's not bad, though. i'm just elaborating on what i sense because i've never sensed a beer as it truly is. the head is marshmallowy and like a cloud, sparkly, and white. the body is golden brown. it's just... i don't know. it's good. i downrated a point, yet i think i actually enjoy this more than what i've remembered it to be. hmm. and i've nothing to say about the malts and yeast. hmm.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a crystal clear darker amber color with a frothy white head and boy does the lace look good. Oh yeah, it's got that hop kick, floral, bitter and some citrus coming out. A nice background of malts is present as well. Initial taste. Nice. Malt and hop work together to make my taste buds sing praise. Floral hops, citrus hops, and some bitter hops roll around the tongue. Palate and body are nice. It has the up front hops that one would expect but it's got that malt backing that makes this style stand out. Very nice, not the best, but it's in the same league
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 (22 oz bottle, $4) Compared to others in the Double IPA class, this is a bit on the light side, but definitely more hoppy than standard IPAs. In comparison to the other flavors in this beer, it’s extremely bitter, and at 72 IBUs is pretty bitter in its own right. Lightly sweet and moderately fruity. The subtle, bready maltiness is nearly lost behind the strong hoppiness. The nose is reasonably balanced, lightly malty, but not strongly hoppy either, but for a Double IPA, the nose is rather tame. Lighter palate than most other Double IPAs, with a long lasting, crisp, bitter finish. Golden orange in color with a substantial amount of massive chunks of sediment, most of which is too heavy to be suspended in the beer. Large, off white head has very good retention and exhibits a pentiful amount of spiderweb lacing.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 Bottle pours an amber color with a frothy white head. Lacing is wonderful. Aroma of hops and flowers. Taste is a sweet bitterness, but not dry. Brief maltiness quickly gives way to the piney hops. Mouthfeel is adequate. Finish lasts and is quite bitter. Not overly hoppy, well balanced, finish is smooth, with some bitterness. Definately an enjoyable IIPA. Yes, very good!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very large light tan head erupts from this amber bodied brew. The aroma of hops is quite evident even without getting your nose down in the glass. Piney hops dominate the aroma but there is a good bit of sweet malt in there also. As for the flavor, it is piney hops with a smooth mildly sweet malt core. Sure the beer is bitter, but not nearly as bitter as some of the other IIPAs out there. Body is medium-full with a rather lively bit of carbonation. I remember having this beer years ago and not being able to believe how hoppy it was, how times and palates have changed.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose strings with moderate citrus hops. Pours with a medium white frothy head, which mostly diminished, lacing is good. Appearance is amber and glows a translucent orange under the lamp. Flavor begins with lightly sweet malts and transitions to moderate bitter hops which lingers for a minute or so, well balance IPA. Body is moderate between gum and water textures, carbonization is low. Finish is well balanced hops and malt. Excellent IPA.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with a big foamy sticky head. Nice grass and hops aroma. Kind of sweet, weak hoppiness but still a nice brew.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big fresh hop and piny nose, hazy orange color and a lathery head. Decent malt body to support the heavy hopping. Meaty and a very full body.