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 didn’t 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!
skaughty (643) - 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 hadn’t 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 (2031) - 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 (3414) - 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 (6017) - 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. I’m sorry, I just don’t see the appeal of this one. It’s 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 (8455) - 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.