Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-Thanks ot Kinz for sending this one my way. Well, unfortunately, the tale of this beer is that it fell flat on its face very fast! Pours a clear orange hue with a small wthie head. big diacetyl nose coming through even before the glass reached my face. Some citruc notes come through the huge diacytl note. piney hops-grapefruit mostly on the flavors with some good crystal/munich malts to back it up. the diacytl is not as aparent on the flavor as the aroma. resiny, dry finish, but the diacytl wins in the end.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden-copper body with an off-white head. Aroma has a pronounced charge of diacetyl. Smells like candy corn and popcorn butter. Not much hop character in the nose. Flavor is better with a piney, resinous quality and some firm bitterness that hides most of the diacetyl flavor. Palate seems a little slick. This is a substandard and disappointing imperial IPA. The short history of this beer baffles me.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours translucent amber, large white foamy head, lively carbonation, with web like lacing. † Hop, pine, and abundant grapefruit on the nose. † This is 120 IBUs? † Smooth hop bitterness up front, citrus peel kick on the backside. † Maybe even a slight hint of tobacco. † The maltiness on the backside doesnít seem big enough to support the flaming hot juice of this one. † Tiz still tasty tho, albeit a tad unbalanced. † Had it been a bit maltier, the body and mouthfeel would likely have been fuller. † Finishes with a clean hop zing but could stand to be a bit more meaty. † Thanks goes out to TChrome for sending this beer as a freebie!!!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light amber with a white head. Nice fruity and floral hop aroma. Hops arenít overwhelming. Needs a bit more malt body. Decent.
jtw (1057) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to the_beer_god. clear copper, with frothy head. slightly flat, but not uncarbonated at all. not your typical american hops in this one--subtle fruits like prune, apricot, and more of a íeuropeaní feel to the malt base, if that makes any sense. full sticky body with a solidly bitter and dry finish. much softer than the 126 IBUs claimed. good, but i donít think i see the phenomenon that others have seen...
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear copper color. Big diacetyl (which for me is always a big distracter) aroma with citrus grapefruit underneath. Malty flavor of caramel some citurs and a bitter finish. Light to medium body.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spakling amber, thin white creamy head. Interesting nose held notes of citrus, pine, cinnamon, butter, toffee, and trident bubblegum. Bitter up front, middle and end, but sweet malt does shine through here and there. Flavor becomes a bit earthy and even slightly bready at times. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky, dry, citric, buttery malt finish. I like it because it was different then your typical I-IPA. It was a nice change of pace. Thanks beer-god and wohlfs...
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light orange body with a white head. Mostly buttery aroma with a hint of cinamon(thanks for that one Mike). Slight buttery taste with some semi-bitter hops. Interesting and sort of good, but not outstanding.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shiney clear reddish amber. Creamy white head with good lacing. Buttery citrus hops with pine accents. Rindy bitter orange hop flavor, with some sweet + spicy buttery malt accompanying it. I didnít like this at first, but it seems like after it warmed up (and/or opened up from oxidation?) it got better. A bit richer, fuller, bolder. Hops were more noticable and better tasting, even the next day (I fell asleep before I finished the bottle).
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear still copper with a thin, short lasting head. Aroma has some green, earthy floral hoppiness with some diacetyl butterscotch. Starts with sweet caramel maltiness and some earthy bitterness turning toward a dry, sticky, bittering and aroma hop finish. Could be fresher tasting with less butterscotch, but still a nice double IPA with some subtle complexities. Thanks Kinz!