hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled version, clean and clear brass color with some thin lace and an even head that dissipates after a few minutes. Aroma is composed mainly of pine resin, butterscotch, caramel, toasted wheat bread and grapefruit. Dry hopping is substantially evident here. Good depth to the malt character with citrus notes. Syrupy caramel malt comes in a little too strong and competes with the bitterness too much. Warming alcohol nearly overwhelms the palate but the hops rounds out a good bitter stain on the tongue. Could be more balanced. Enjoyable though as an impy.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge citrus, wet hop aroma. Taste is all orange and smooth/sweet goodness. Very nice retention of head, with a sweet/bitter hop lingering yummy finish.
eaglefan538 (2830) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full orange body, nice initial head on both pours, a pretty looking dIPA ready for my quaffing. The aroma was full citrus hops, pine, and a light caramel malts. The flavor had a full caramel, almost fruity malt base (melons) with a grainy full texture. Sweet in many ways for a dIPA, but this one avoided the syrupey mouthfeel, almost a graininess to it as the piney citrus hops come to the fore on every sip. Full mouthfeel, hearty, enjoyable. A nice grab from Topps in Tempe.
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber, no freshness date. ABV on my sample is listed @ 9.4%
Hazy orange, thin head, no retention, not much in the way of lace.
Aroma is scorched caramel, earthy hops, some citrus.
Flavor is sweet caramel up front with a grapefruit pith finish.
Alcohol is a bit hot going down.
Balanced for the most part, does get a little sticky as it warms, and the hops get a little muddled, but it’s not bad.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy dark yellow, whispy white head, slightly tart malt aroma, thin body, bitter hop flavor, only a hit of sweetness, old cask funk, a letdown
Score: i+ to ii+
Words: Strong Ale Fest
hazy dark yellow, thin white head, sweet citrus aroma, big body, lots of citrus hop flavor on a sweet carmel malt base, nice even bitter finish, excellent balance, another me too double IPA but very well done,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
glendale location draft...9.4%abv poured into a pint AND only $2...ouch, looks like the wife is driving home...pours an unclear copper color into this sweet $2 chalice. super sweet aroma with hints of grapefruit skin. flavor is every kind of hops;piney, grassy, soapy and citrus all in one but some how manages to be well balanced and not overly hoppy...?(or not hoppy enough) a flavor of sugary apple pie filling gets really sticky as the beer warms up...
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy naven. Awesome hop aroma and flavor. What I expect in a West coast IPA.
jmcinerny (17) - Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Oggi’s Mission Viejo. Everything you would expect from a California Imperial IPA. Tons of hops up front offset by a terrific malt finish. I did not notice the high alcohol until it was time to leave. Very good beer. Next time I would try to get it in a snifter and only have a half.
bhensonb (10359) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Oggi’s, Liberty Station Point Loma. Got a beer mat that says it could be "Left Coast". Strong pine aroma. Dark orange tinged amber color. The white head quickly filmed. Starts with strong pine, a little malt, and a citrus hint. Medium bodied with at least mild carbonation. Heat at the finish. Quite dry finish, and the mouth drips with evergreen oil bitter. Fantastic.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(labeled as "left coast" @ the bistro.)orange body with a white head.aroma is a strange blend of mint and melon type fruits.flavor was much of the same,and the body was thin for a double ipa.strange stuff indeed.