JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hophead22 beer tasting, compliments of Mike and Di. Light hop aroma with caramel and toffee. Cloudy golden color. Tastes a lot better than the smell, lingering bitterness.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 Tap at the brewery. Hazy golden amber with off white head. This just into full bodied IPA had a nice, fresh toffee/caramel malt flavor and there was a pleasant fresh hop presence but the entire experience was overwhelmed with an awful industrial hop burn and bitterness. The bittering hops were an added on feature that did not fit with the rest of the ingredients. The 8% alcohol seemed well hidden but it was hard to tell actually with the bittering hops dominating the palate. I had a strange aftertaste from the bittering hops for at least half an hour after drinking it. Extremely unbalanced.
I won’t drink this again.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from DuffManSW via mikendi 0n BA, much thanks.Hazy yellow/orange color. Sweet aroma, kind of funky. Smooth upfront, a good amount of bitterness in the finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz (new to MD) - Tasting at the Wine Source. Clear gold, creamy white head. Deep grassy pine aromas warm to swirls of honey dew and peachy toffee. Intense bitter resiny citric hops balance on a undercurrents of caramelized melon. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. A very well crafted I-IPA...
kennydiaz (356) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden color slightly cloudy. A very nice Imperial IPA. Nice hoppy flavor with slightcitrus flavor.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Earthy, weed-like aroma. Pours copper with a lacy white head. Toffee and citrus taste with a fiercely bitter resin finish. I think I’d be happier if the finish wasn’t so sharp.
sloth (2816) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice white head, good retention and nice lace. Lightly hazy copper hued ale. Nose of pine, citrus and some floral notes. Medium bodied, lightly resiny with a good carbonation level. Great hoppy flavors, citrusy orangey notes most notable, piney, fruity and juicey with a nicely lesser caramel maltiness hanging in the balance. Fairly dry, fruity hop finish, solid bite, nice quaff. Bomber received in trade from dmschefke, thanks bro!
acearl (498) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber hue, white head, very hoppy, crisp and bitter, decent imperial IPA, comparable to the better in the class
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Roger Wilco in Palmyra, NJ. Bottle conditioned. Pours amber with a slight haze and retentive off white head. Aroma of piney hops and honey. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of toffee malts countered by an assertive grapefruit bitterness. Dry and grassy finish with lingering grapefruit rind and hop resin. Not too shabby
shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out of the bottle a nice golden yellow/orange w/a little head that has a little lacing. It has a hop nose and maybe a little of the alcohol. It tastes of pine or spruce that is expected of an IPA and the hops and alcohol really come out. It is not what I would consider an Imperial IPA, it does have the high ABV, but not the tart and tang of a truely great IPA. It is not bad, I was just more hyped up for a taste bud antagonizing IPA. Cheers!