skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Never have I had a beer that was so dominated by butterscotch in the aroma that it hadnít affected the flavor. Here is that example. Flavor instead is very peaty - almost as if rock hard water had been used. This is a yeastier and breadier IIPA than most, and the hop aroma and finish are just buried under the toffee toast.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 sitting at my favorite brewery(kuhnhenn with flemdawg, llgrgg, styles, eyedrinkale, scraff and wohlfs. thanks goes to wohlfs for this one. poured a amber copper with a off white head. aroma hops, citrus, cinamon and I got a soapy aroma, malts hint of alcohol, some grass. flavor hops, grapefruit, flora, a touch of vanilla not to bad of a beer
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle provided by tchrome and shared among some great ratebeerians, thanks for having us over, ernest. pours dark tan with a nice head. aroma is hoppy vanilla creme cookie. taste is very sweet with a bold hop side. floral hop taste dominates and leaves a dry mouth. lingering butterscotch and hop finish.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly clear and medium amber-red. Creamy and weighty with a fluffy carbonation. Richly malted, with elements of dark caramel, hard candy, and super-rich toffee. Much maltier than your typical imp./dbl. IPA, especially the West Coast impy IPAs, as Pdee noted. Wonderful hop notes throughout (aromatic flowers, nips of lemon, grass, herbs, and a little sourness). Grass resin sticks to the roof of the mouth in the aftertaste. Very complementing sweetness and bitterness. Great beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing golden red. Ripe, sweet hop aroma. Balanced hop flavor, not overdone as an East Coast IPA should be. Floral, hints of alcohol. Nice sweet finish. Solid, full malty mouthfeel.
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (orange, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted bread). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Iím sorry, I just donít see the appeal of this one. Itís not very rich, and the aroma is pretty ordinary for the style.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
orangey golden color, off white head. floral and resiny hop nose. creamy mouthfeel, bitter hop flavor. sweet malt backing but not cloying or sticky like most IIPAs.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a medium amber/orange color with a small off white head. Aromas and tastes of fruits, citris, pine and caramel. A nice spiciness comes out in the flavor. Lightly sweet with a stronger bitter finish.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a copper color with a small, off white head, that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, orange citrus, spicy hops, and a caramel maltiness. The hops come off here very spicy, while also allowing some citrus, and a very intense bitterness. Sweet and fruity as well, this one definitely works.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, many thanks to Brian (Kinz) for the chance to rate this beer: Coppery hue with a long lasting frothy off-white head and outsanding lace. The aroma is extreme pine and grapefruit hops with a toasted and carmel malt background and dusty yeast esters, tart strawberry, and a astrengent phenol nose as well. The taste starts a bitter as one would expect as it attack the palate with the force of a jackhammer. A lots of tart citric qualities are also found underneath. Most malt characteristics are buried under all those hops. They need to be more forceful for this beer level of bitterness. Does display a nice peppery finish. The feel is very dry and metallic, shocks the tongue into near surrender. Sorry, truly sorry for raining on your parade, but this is not a top 50 beer. Quite good it is and with some aging, would mellow out more and be more drinkable. I some how feel sad about the whole experiance. I really really wanted to give this a 4.1 plus rating.