hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Good foamy head at the pour, nice amber color to it, with piny aroma. The hops are there, but I was expecting more from a "Maximus" IPA. Some grapefruit and orange citrus in the flavor, semi-balanced overall with an average finish on the palate. Nothing spectacular but worth a try if you’re a hop freak.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a reddish ambery with a light tan head. Aroma is slight citrus, pine and a bit of alcohol. Taste is citrus hops, pine, alcohol and some caramel malt. Nothing meshes well with this beer. The hop presence is understated. That malt doesn’t add any real balance to the mix. The alcohol presence is way too high for a beer that is only 7.5% abv. This was a train wreck of an IPA. Glad I only got a single bottle of this.
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 (1696) - Cleveland, 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.