clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a nice off-white head. Aggressive pine and citrus filled nose. Hops take center stage right off the bat with tons of citrus, fruit and resin notes. Otherwise ample malt profile seems rather anemic against the intense hop bitterness. Lingering bite in a semi-dry finish.
Fin (8856) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, 19-11-08. Good looking beer with a white lacy filmy head. Shards of jagged hops reach out in a Tim Burton ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ jaggey finger type way into every nook and cranny in the mouth. There is a sweetness in this beer that gradually reigns in those jaggedty hops, but there are hoppy burps aplenty, those are some zappy hops but there is a good sweet malty base to this beer I like it but I think that there are better around. A 7 A 4 F 7 P 4 OV 14
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 Bottle shared by paul. Pours a light copper body with a white head. Pine and fresh grapefruit, big malt backbone with light etoh in the finish. HInts of citrus and strong hop resins. 3.8
Had again tonight v.nice aroma of citrus, pine, grapefruit, and a light honey aroma. Sweet chewy hop body, lots of citrus and honey, i love 100+ IBU’s (102) flavor dominated hop bastards. This is delicious. 4.1
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Copper, with medium white head. Aroma is very hoppy, soap, band aid, grapefruit, pine. Flavor is similar, very strong juniper in the middle. Crisp finish, little alcohol in aftertaste.
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Front Door Boise, Pours out a cloudy copped topped with a tall head. Aroma of sweet pine hops all over this one. A nice thick malt and plenty of hops on this one. A tasty Double.
Tmoney99 (12732) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06.
Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet citrus flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration.
This is a standout beer.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, about a year old I think. This hop bomb pours a nearly opaque (cloudy) orange-light brown with a persistent, rocky off-white head. The aroma is mostly piney resin hops with little malt. The taste is much more citrusy than the aroma (a good thing!). There is a malt backbone to support the hops, but it’s pretty laid back (two row pale malt only?) and doesn’t get in the way. Solidly carbonated to push out the hopiness, both in the flavor and aroma plus bitterness. Medium-full body and somewhat creamy.
Overall, this is a great beer and I’d love to have more. It’s more citrusy and cleaner than Ruination. Wish I could give it a higher score but the appearance is awful and aroma is weak compared to flavor.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Front Door: Pellucid tawny with a sticky head and huge sheets of lacing. The nose is spicy and hoppy with earthy and piny/grapefruit notes (amarillo, centennial, columbus). The mouthfeel is mellow like cask. Balanced tail and mostly dry hopped. Snappy and fresh SDPA.
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear medium gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted through mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of grapefruit and pine along with a bit of malt. The flavor is mild malt up front and is quickly washed over by grapefruit and pine. Hoppy, bitter finish. The alcohol is very well hidden. A decent IIPA, but fairly one-dimensional and not up to the standards of some others I have had.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. A beautiful deep gold color with a rocky off white head. Aroma is amazing with hops - citrusy and a little spicy, orange grapefruit. Firmly bitter, but still has a grainy malt character. Medium bodied, light for a beer this strength. Finish is dry and cleans the palate. Some lingering bitterness, in a good way. This is one of the best Imperial IPAs that I’ve ever had. Not cloyingly sweet, not abusively bitter. Extremely hoppy, but balanced and drinkable.