scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is not a one-dimensional IPA. There are some real nice toasted malt and caramel notes. The hops don’t overpower the aroma , although there are a lot of carpet-y arrangements. Nice carbonation and very refreshing aftertaste make this a solid deluxe IPA. I’d definitely buy it again. I’d like to try it on tap.
jrob21 (2935) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a big offwhite head. Big ups to Tom for this tasty double. Big piney, hopy aromas. Nice malt that just coats your mouth enough. Slightly creamy and nice slight bitter finish. Very smooth.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bomber. Awesome piney hop aroma and even better thick, foggy caramel color. A bit fizzy at the end, great balance to the bitterness. I’ve been drinking the regular IPA but will search this one out now.
Lowe1983 (1391) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops, and caramel. Flavor is the same with a decent bitter finish. Much better then their regular IPA, not that the regular IPA is bad because it’s pretty good. Definately a decent double IPA.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from the Foodery in Philly. Wonderfully bright grapefruit and piney aroma. Bracing hoppy flavor with more grapefruit and a toffee/caramel note. Enough malt to provide a reasonably good balance but the hops tend to get the best of the glass every now and then. Silky and creamy mouthfeel and a crisp, dry and very bitter finish (maybe just a tad too bitter every few sips). But for the occassional balance issues, this would be a great IIPA but it’s still quite good and worth more than just a try.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of pine & resin, brown sugar, alcohol & flowers. Pours a sparkling clover honey.
The light frothy off-white head is fully diminishing with minimal lacing. The robust flavor
has a wonderful citric start leading to moderate alcohol warmth at the middle; and resolves
into a rich bitter finish. The medium palate is dry and soft.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to after4ever for the sample. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a straw head. The aroma is lightly sweet, with citrus and floral/grassy notes. The body is medium and creamy, even a bit sticky. The taste starts toffee sweet, with the same notes as the smell… then hops really kick in. The finish is clean and bitter.
Theis (14479) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml - Alone - hhmmmmm lovely. Clear amber - off-white head. Malty, sweet, very hoppy, grass, pine, citrus, resin, bitterness, honey.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper orange with a mod-large light yellow head. Aroma of caramel malts, grain, sticky resiny pine hops and a little grapefruit. As far as aromas go, this blows their IPA out of the water. This does have some balance, though it leans toward the hops a fair amount, as expected. The taste is mainly grapefruit and pine, with some caramel backing it up. A slight bit of peanuts as well? Light-mod carbonation, medium body. Very nice. Right on the average of 3.75.
after4ever (6736) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Bomber. Light copper with a raging dirty blonde head: it froths all the way to the bottom of the glass when poured from a height of a couple of inches. Maybe the best-smelling IPA this summer; rich with bitter floral hops--a real earthy snap there. Thick sweet bread dough notes underneath. Creamy body with some carb tingle but perfectly balanced. Plenty of sweet malt there, but mostly a beautifully modulated hop ride: floral and tangy on the palate, crisp and clean on the finish. Great stuff. Other than the ABV, one of the best drink-all-day beers around.
UPDATE: Draft at the Parkway’s Day of IPAs. KInd of a snooze on draft, at least with this first sample today.