3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big fruity and sugary gummy bear nose, with juice Amarillo (?) hops and some floral notes as well. Fresh and fruity up front, lightly sugary with initial flavors of grapefruit and pine, but then over the middle and quickly into the finish it turns really, really green, with some acetalhyde and acidic yeast, like it was rushed or something. When warmer it’s still fruity and sugary up front, but the finish turns even worse, with some sour and coarse rye and barley flavors. Horrible finish.
shigadeyo (2927) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11/12/2007: Mendocino Winter Seasonal Imperial IPA smells like fresh orangy hops. The aroma is very inviting and bright. This beer smells mouthwatering and looks nearly as good as it smells. The appearance is a very shiny and clear new copper color. It has a dense ivory head and a mild level of carbonation. The flavor has tons of hoppiness and a moderate bitterness. The hops flavor is bursting with orange citrus with a little peach and grapefruit. There is also a soft caramel and English-style maltiness underneath all of the bright hoppiness. There is tons of hop flavor without all of the bitterness that I would have also thought would be there. This beer has a medium to medium-full body and goes does super smooth and easy. One six pack isnít enough. I could drink this all day, every day!
12 fl. oz. bottle (7.5% Alc/Vol) from Jungle Jimís International Market. Rating #7 for this beer...
Ratman197 (8532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ The Bistro poured a clear copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, carmel and a hint of earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodiede crisp and slightly dry. Flavors of grapefruit, pine and carmel with a lingering bitter finish.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, the hop aroma is amazing, totally overwhelming, love the hops. Has a great appearance, neat orange/amber color, very clear. Has a remarkable smooth taste to it considering the intense hop aroma. A really neat beer, would definately recomend.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful copper hue with very little head that turns to moderate lacing. The smell is the best thing about this brew, as the fresh hops, pineapple, citrus and floral bouquet flood from the glass. The flavor is much smaller than the aroma, with a sweetness of caramel with a touch of smooth resin. This is a very smooth IIPA, and probably good for the transition from an IPA to a IIPA. Needs a bit more complexity, but this is a smooth, easy drinking brew.
SSSteve (3560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark orange/amber with a small off-white head. mandarin orange, pine aroma. flavor is obviously hoppy with more of a pine/lemon citrus character opposed to a floral hop. malts provide decent balance.
bhensonb (9869) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice pine hop aroma. Orange amber color with a white head that left quickly. Medium body with almost chewy carbonation. The flavor is citrus fruit, resin and caramel. The finish is really dry, and the bitter just does not quit. Thereís probably enough malt to balance the hop, but whoís counting?DIPA or regular, itís quite a nice drink, and I recommend it go to year round distribution.
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 First to rate - it feels good to be a Californian! This brew pours a biscuit foamy head in a half yard. The color is a clear amber to gold to amber. The first thing I can smell is the yeast - but itís almost a farm-like smell. Pleasant. The hops hit you hard at first and itís moderately citrusey. The brew ends on a resinous piney flavor that wasnít there at the beginning. Something to look forward to! SECOND ANALYSIS (2008) - after significan research into its bretheren, I have found this isnít that great of an IIPA. Itís not the alcohol - thatís actually its strength. Its that it ends on such a cloyingly bitter note, that isnít clean at all. As if an amount of chunky pine tar builds up on your tonuge, and unlike other IPAs it does not fade.