rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8%. There is no freshness date.
Appearance: The body has a deep coppery amber color with a light haze. Its head rose up tall, thick and clingy. It had a light tan color and great retention. This all made for nice sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell: There is a bold mix of floral/citrusy hops and sweet malt with a hint of butterscotch and dark fruit.
Taste/Palate: It has a firm foundation of sweet fruity, bready and caramel maltiness with a slight touch of butterscotch. Blending into this is a firm backing of pungent floral citrus and earthy hop bitterness. It finishes with a sticky hop bitterness clinging to the palate. It feels firm and full bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it moving easily over the tongue.
Notes: This is definitely a well made and very enjoyable beer.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with Stephanie. Malty, sweet hops, brown sugar. Looks dark fig brown... With off white head. Better than I expected.
italianjohn (2892) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour creamy and receding off white head ... aroma of roasted and sweet malts and some citrusy hops ... taste is of bitter hops and sweet malts roasted and toffee with a bitter citrus/light pine hop punch that flows into the finish ... lots of flavor and tasty good mix of english brown ale and dbl ipa abv hidden pretty well
cfrancis (3139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby with a slightly off-white head. Aroma is intensely malty with hops stinging the nose. Taste is a bold malted up front with a ’screaming’ amount of hops that follow. Lots of bitterness in the aftertaste but overall a very good beer.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great pic on the bottle, very interesting. The desc. says Imperial IPA, it is not, the desc. reads strong ale, which seems more accurate. Smells almost like a bourbon aged rye ale I had recently and didn’t like. Hopefully the taste is better, nice doughy foam topping. My first beer from this brewery.
Hoppy, bitter from start to finish, less aromatic and more up front, complex taste, has a fruity almost tangy taste to it, very interesting, I do like it, definitely one bomber will do you in, a "big" beer, very rich but very good. Alcohol can’t be tasted too much. Can really taste the roasted malt.
All in all strong to very strong. I’d like to try another beer from them.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color with a white head. Aroma of spruce and citrus hops and caramel and cereal malt. Smooth balanced taste. The medium sweetness hits you right in the front of the mount and the medium sprucy bitterness hits you after. Finish is a lasting bitterness.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: 11/26/2010 Source:Other 22 oz bottle. Spicy floral hop nose with moderate caramel. Clear amber brown with fluffy tan head that persists. Caramel flavor with some slight minerally notes. Slightly nutty with floral spicy hop flavor. Medium to light body. Finish is clean and moderately bitter.
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from a bomber bottle obtained in a trade. Pours clear but dark amber with an average white head that leaves uneven lace. The nose is maple, molasses, dark caramel malt, and some resin and bitter hops. On the negative side, there is a pretty strong alcohol aroma as well. The flavor is burnt brown sugar with maple, caramel malt, and a nice bit of hops bitterness. The alcohol is actually very well masked on the palate compared to how strong the smell was. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter hops and burnt brown sugar finish.
popery (1994) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Not really a DIPA but a nice American Strong Ale. Lots of caramel and spicier malt notes. Hops are pine resin with a little bit of grapefruit pith. Body was a little thin for the relatively sharp flavors but that was probably emphasized by coming from a growler that had to make a cross-country trek.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and sharp malty aroma with hops describes this brew. The. Color is amber dark cherry with a nice lacey head on top. The flavor is potent and tastes very hoppy, malty, and boozy. It is medium bodied and not too smooth until the temperature goes up.