TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a medium -dark amber with a thin head. Big sticky hop nose, with lots of pine and grapefruit. Front is dominated by grapefruit, then the sticky and nice bitter finish comes in to play. More grapefruit flavor than I prefer, but a good solid double.
agl108 (928) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 22 oz. bottle. Poured hazy orange with mild carbonation. Some lacing present. Lots of light citrus fruits and grassy notes dominate the flavor. Oranges, tangerine, lemons, and pineapple all noticeable. Overwhelmingly, almost sickengly sweet. Could use better balance with some added malt.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear amber, nice, fluffy off-white head. Aroma promised hops, grass and a slight touch of citrus. Flavor is a more subdued version of the aroma, hops are dominant, maybe a touch of caramel hidden in there. Dry and bitter on the finish. Sorry Skourtis !
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz. bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint glass. Aroma is big on the orange/tangerine citrus hops with a touch pineapple. Clear orange amber color with a small beige head that sticks to the glass well. Initial flavors compete between the citrusy hops, the malt sweetness, toast, and the hop bitterness like a tug-of-war. Big mouthfeel, not surprising due to the 9.4% ABV. Toast and bitterness linger on the palate. A little too sweet and heavy to be really drinkable, but still a nice beer.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of pine, citrus, some grass, grapefruit, all the hop notes you would want. Flavor continues the lovely, resinous hop notes with a semi-toasty, semi-sweet malt backbone, more than a backbone really, a big, strong malt, but one that does not get too sweet to detract from the hops. Very nice.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber, very clear with no head... The movement of the beer in the glass seems very very heavy... Nice aroma of pine and citrus with notes of tropical fruits as well... Tastes of citrus, pine, alcohol under a creamy thick sticky full bodied warming body... Nice beer, though sometimes the line is being blurred between hoppy barleywine and double ipa...
LilBeerDoctor (3539) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick off white head. Aroma of grassy hops and nice cracker malt. Flavor is nice and malty with grassy hops. An alright IIPA, would have liked more citrus. The hop profile wasn’t my favorite, but this was a decent beer.
reggiedunlop (3470) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pors a ruby-amber color with a thin white head. aroma is of big, sweet citrusy hops...pungent pineapple, grapefruit, and grass. flavor is much like the aroma suggests...sweet pineapple first then grapefruit and a mild spice with a tealike finish. mouthfeel is syrupy and a bit too sticky and has a warming alcohol affect.
bp (830) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: pour was amber with frothy white head, aroma of hops, citrus, taste was mostly hops with some citrus, solid but no real balance...probably was their intent.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones. Poured orange amber with a creamy off-white head. Smelled of pine and grapefruit; quite nice. Flavor was sweet pine, grapefruit, and resin. Carbonation punctuates the initial coniferous taste and mellows out into a oily finish. Overall this one is pretty good but not as balanced as some other west coast Imperial IPAs.