muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Apr 2004: TAP NY sample. Huge caramel-butterscotch nose, just a hint of leafy green hops underneath. Medium clear brown color. Caramel and plenty of hops in the flavor, slightly smoky. Much sweeter and maltier than most IIPAs I’ve had, not the greatest but quite drinkable. 8/3/6/3/13 3.3
December 2005, 22 oz bottle (Half Time, March 2005): Dusky, dirty reddish brown, lasting off-white head with fair lacing.... nose fairly harsh and spicy, woody and somewhat burnt-caramel dominated....flavor again woody, lightly bitter in a burnt, smoky way with hops relatively restrained though certainly evident in this year-old bottle....finish hoppier, bitter, resiny and tarry...full and moderately sweet throughout to counterbalance the prevailing harshness, nice black malt in the body...I underrated this before, it’s at the upper edge of bitterness/burnt for me, but it’s fairly distinctive.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2004 Bottle, 22 oz. fresh in NJ. Dark orange nad clear, with a tan lasting head, upping from 4 to 5. . Massive fresh citrus hop aroma that is totally awesome. Upping from 7 to 9. Flavor is massivly frsh in hops. Malt is subdued behind fresh hops. You would think that there would be more carmel maltiness here with the appearance, but it seams to be missing.
Draft, Tap NY. On the darker end of the spectrum.Assertively dry hopped with American hops. Sharp, piney and assertive.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on cask at david copperfield's. wow. a wonderful example of the style. it's a deep reddish brown with a simply lovely nose. it's sweet-ish, but certainly not overpowering. heavily hopped, but not unbalanced. gorgeous aftertaste. i approve, whole-heartedly.
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber-brown. Lightly tanned head. Rich woody aroma with caramel maltiness. Slight chocolatey notes, rich hops. Smooth. I like this balanced, "English-style" Imperial IPA...reminds me a little of last year's Big A from Smuttynose.
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, creamy head. Sweet nice malty aroma with hoppy notes . Nice aftertaste , good balancing . Reminds me Of Bells with hoppy theme.
CapFlu (4725) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Draught) Thin, white head and a copper body. Caramel malt with nice hoppiness. Grapefruit hops mix with strong malt. A bitter unbalanced finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Dark, clear copper color with a small, thin head. Caramel aroma. Sweet, big, hoppy bitter bite followed with a high alcohol finish.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of candi sugar, sweet hops. Flavor - the hops just aren't right, maybe too much bitter and not enough floral? Deep mahogany with no head. Still a very solid brew
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber/mahogany color. Aroma is fruity--lots of citrus and some hoppiness too. Hoppy at first, middle is sweet with more fruitiness (sort of like a barleywine). Finish is bitter with alcohol burn. Very hoppy IIPA.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy, sweet aroma, clear ruby with a small toffee head. Sweet tasting hoppy malts. Very well balanced, nice bitter after taste. A fine example!