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.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - 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.
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 (11408) - 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.
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!
Radek Kliber (6297) - 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 (4315) - 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.
jgb9348 (4438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber colour with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Super hoppy aroma-definately showing pine and perfume notes. Medium-bodied; Sticky sweet flavour, full of pine cones. The spicy flavour is intertwined with a nice malt balance. Aftertaste bittered from the hops and sweetened a bit from the sugars. Overall, a good beer, but I don't typically like the style. For the style, it is a bit sub-par, but not a bad beer at all. I got this pint on draught at MacGregor's in Rochester, New York on 13-November-2003.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 Deep amber/brown color, frothy tan head, lots of lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, some malt and fruity esters underneath. Flavor was initially buttery and malty, slightly fruity, with a solid hop kick in the rear. Well-balanced. Medium to full bodied. Solid all around. Had on tap at Alternative Brews, Buffalo NY. 11/16/05 tried on cask at Pizza Plant. STill chock full of piney hops, big malt, extra yummy. The body seemed to improve with the low carbonation being the main player benefitting, the alcohol was still not noticible. Still a beer with plenty of attitude but this was sublime. Fookin great.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Tap) Deep amber/copper. Nose filled with piney and citrusy hops. Fairly smooth, medium bodied, lots of ringwood yeast character making for waves of fruitiness washed away by lots of hoppy bitterness. I had it too cold and will reevaluate at a later time. Good brew though.