madvike (3006) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours clear rosy amber with a big foamy light tan head. Huge sticky citrus nose, with some pine sap, onion, a touch of sharp booze, and a big bready malt body with a touch of sweetness. Taste is actually pretty smooth and drinkable, while still being bold and sticky. Big dank hops, with onion and garlic, big sweet bread, slick and sticky. Citrus rind and boozy warmth on the finish. Toffee peeking through, along with some pine. Big slick full body with nice carbonation. If macros can pump out beer like this, then...well...I’ll still buy the little guy. But this was still pretty impressive.
portableparty (1978) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours clear amber with a quick tight off white head that dissipates to a spotty film and collar. Aroma is off the hook with resinous piny fruity hops and just the right amount of caramel malt in the end. Taste is more bitter resinous piny hops and malt. Palate is full silky slick and sticky awesomeness with a dry finish. Wow this is a top notch Imperial IPA!
milljs (2) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance – Brilliantly clear, apricot orange to amber with tight off white foam crown that quickly dissipates. Very little to no carbonation visible in the snifter.
Aroma – Spicy, hoppy, and complex. Hop notes of floral, pine, and citrus. Fresh green wildflowers, pinecones, and tangerine.
Taste –Big complex hops from the aroma come thru on the taste, with more fruit. Resinous, tropical, mango, pineapple….MMMM I love citra hops. But also pine and maybe some hibiscus. Extremely complex hop taste. A floral freshness. But definitely a subtle but present malt sweetness. Honey toast. Also subtle citrus fruit, like a candied orange peel.
Mouthfeel – Medium to full bodied. Creamy and complex
Finish – creamy, bitter, and sweet all at once. Complex but not overwhelming. Delicious and a FANTASTIC Imperial IPA
lagermeister (13) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
For a macro beer, very, very good. Out of a bottle, poured a beautiful burnt amber. Firm creamy head. Nice hoppy bitter mouth. A little pricey for a four-pack (around $11 bucks) but worth it.
NearABeer (8) - COKATO, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have to say i was impressed. Very smooth not to complex. Like all Imperial stout very strong.
drawz (10) - Keene, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet beer with complex hops taste. Hops are of several types giving a slight complex aroma as well. Could use a little more malting to balance out sweetness, but again was a very good beer from this brewery.
Sammy (9128) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Limited handbottle sent from Murrayswine, quickly and fresh. One of the smoothest DIPAs I have tried. Just great bitterness, and tasted and looked as if off the tap. Creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation was purrfect. C-hop aroma. Orange and grapefruit. I could have drank this all night.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes from 4/27/07, on tap @ the Echo Tap. Clear copper orange with a one finger creamy off-white head, pretty good retention, although after a few minutes it did fade to a thick film. Aroma of pineapple, tangerine, and pine--full of juicy fruitiness! Also some sweet caramel/cotton candy is present. Smells pretty bitter. The hops shine here. Flavor is more herbal and piny hops (almost perfumey), with some alcohol. Biscuity malts and sweet light caramel try to balance things out. Semi dry lingering bitter finish that peaks around a 7-8 Burps perfumey pine needles. Low to moderate carbonation, creamy yet slightly prickly. Medium to full body with decent lacing. Leinie’s can make a good beer if they want to!
HopDevil (16) - CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Received this from a friend a while back. From my notes - seems somewhat out of balance. Decent hop nose and aroma, not enough malts. Somewhat non descript but a decent stab at the style.
mmcdowell3 (13) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very sweet (but not sugary), fruity, and best of all overly hoppy. I did not taste much malt flavor in this. Lovely creamy head. This is what fine IPAs should be.