Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid orange colour, with a very surprising clarity for an Imperial IPA. A very very slight green hue to the beer as well. Huge hops right off the nose, clearly in the Cascade/Centennial/Stryrian Goldings family, with loads of lemon, grapefruit, spruce, and pine. The palate is wonderfully well-balanced, and stands up to the aggressive hopping just fine. I have tasted more complex IPAs, but few that were so well balanced.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden orange with a tan head that has green highlights. Head laces beautifully. Nose is just loads of citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), and pine, resin, apricot. Cascade hops up the ass! Tastes fantastic! Citrus and pine. Not overly complex but great none the less. Great palate and really good beer!
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear orange color, quickly receding off white head, some lace. strong grapefruit nose, hint of underarm...wonderous. taste is citric hops, largely grapefruity, under tones of creamy caramel and orange rind. medium bodied, citrus bitterness finish. this one is an experience for the nose, mouth and eyes (if you call you eyes rolling back in your head in stuporous pleasure an "experience"). my notes say "yum yum yum. nicely balanced." take it for what it is worth. single bottle purchase from binnys orland park.
Tejas (868) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very green. Hops taste super fresh. Hardly any hint of balance but that’s ok. At times a bit astringent/harsh tasting but overall a smooth drinker. Can’t beat the price either. Would love to try on draught. I think I like Maximus more though.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz. Bomber into Pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear, light amber with a nice finger of white head. The aroma is straight citrus hops. Its just booming with hops and they are sticky, gooey fresh. Extremely sweet malts with a lingering citrus hop bitterness that surprisingly doesn’t stay around for too long. Its a light-medium bodied beer and its stickiness coats your mouth. Very nice beer, The aroma would make you believe that it would be more bitter than it ends up being. More of an IPA than a double IPA.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 5/8/2009 (Bottle):
Pours a clear amber colored body, with an average sized off-white head, diminishing. Bitter, dry, extremely hoppy, sweet citrusy aroma. Sickly sweetness. Enticing. Hoppy taste, sweet. Some citrus. Not too bitter or caustic. Almost like a pale ale.
agl108 (776) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Teresa’s. Poured hazy orange in a snifter with fantastic lacing. Nice complex citrus flavor: orange, grapefruit, and some peach. Had a piney, resiny quality to it as well. This is exactly how I like my IIPAs, drinkable with a crisp hoppiness. Reminded me of the Elder Pliny.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber with Alaskanwarren. Copper, lacy off-white head. Knock-you-down fresh off the vine hop nose, reaches out and punches you in the nose before you can get your face up to the glass. Cold grapefruit, tom cat, intensely over-brewed green tea, brown sugar. Green resiny hop flavor, nettle, balsam, moth balls. Not at all overly bitter, just a juicy green hop party. Leans slightly toward the hop pellet character, but still a remarkably nice hop bomb.
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington. Pour is chill hazed copper golden with a thick one inch slightly off white head. Thick, sticky lacing. Aroma of giant, pine grassy resin hops. The hoppiness burst out of the bottle even while pouring. Some lemon peel in the back. Really not much malt to speak of. Taste is gritty, piney, resiney hop goodness straight forward and simple, this is a hop bomb, though the malt adds more to the backbone then the nose suggested. Malt is toasty and biscuity in the back. Finish is dry, bitter and nicely grassy. Palate is thin to medium, as mentioned bitter and dry. Hops were nice and clean in this one.
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Top 5 beer at beerfest this weekend. The hops were so dinstinct, that after 43 other beers I still longed to try this one again.