jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Bomber sampled in mid April í08....seeing how the first ratings were in April í07... I can only assume this is a yearly batch? It sure didnít taste a year old. Either way - I seemed to dig this more than most. This is hefty but crazy drinkable. Packed with a hefty malt dose, but manages to pull through the bitterness. Tangy fruits dance around with the sticky, caramel covered pine cones. This shit is really, really solid - gives me thought of fresh yulesmith amped up a notch. Considering they were going for such a fat beer, I canít find anything extremely unenjoyable or wrong with this. Except that the fact that one glass is enough.
blutt59 (6032) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, golden color IPA with amber light head, grapefruit, citrus with a bitter finish
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was just a little overpowering, more of a nod to the dumb downed west coast styles, nothing but hops here, floral to bitter, down to grassy and buttery in the finish. Has kind of a candied caramel malt backbone, but nothing can stand up to the hop onslaught here
Very true to its name.
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a decent white lacy head. Floral and slight citrus in the smell. A pleasing bitterness. Nice mouthful. Better and better as you keep drinking. Hops flavored with the citrus and grassy notes coming through.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2010 (22oz. bottle) Pours a hazy orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of canned pineapple, grapefruit, peach, honeydew, apricot, and caramel. Flavor of hops (grapefruit, pineapple, pine, grass) and some caramel malt with a bitter finish.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear copper with a slight chill haze. A dense, white head built to a full two inches and remained for several minutes. The high krauesen of foam slowly receded to a partial skim coat on the surface, revealing exaggerated strings of lacy froth.
Aromatics are floral and pungent. Tangerines and peaches make thier presense known, as well as spruce oil-laced grapefruit. A promise of alcohol comes forward under the tropical resins, and a light maltiness follows through.
The mouthfeel is crisp, drying, and resinous. Sticky and sappy.
The pallet is dominated by aggresive hopping. The bitterness is as subtle as a buzzsaw on the tongue, but does not cross into harsh territory. Loads of hopping in the flavor of the brew also. Heavy on the grapefruit, with the peach/ pear/ orange character in the background. Maltiness is at a minimum, but still adding a decent backbone to the weight of the hops.
Finishes with an extremely lingering crisp dryness, grapefruit pith, warming alcohols and a tongue-scraping bitterness.
A huge IIPA from Midnight Sun, and damn fresh.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber (thanks to robertburns) poured a hazy copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of pine, earthiness, grapefruit and light carmel. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, citrus, metal and light earthiness with a dry lingering bittreer finish.
The mettallic taste really killed this one for me.
Braudog (5890) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft glass at Cafe Amsterdam. Dark, rusty orange with a solid and sticky top. The aroma is massive -- earthy, thick and viscuously hoppy. For a beer listed at 200 IBUs, this is incredibly easy to drink ... albeit full of pleasant hop bite and a murkily-thick malt powerhouse. Outstanding. (#3303, 1/20/2008)
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear golden, frothy off white head, sweet caramel malt aroma with earthy and piney hops, lots of tart bitter flavor, touch of caramel malts tries to add balance but canít compete with the hops, the bitterness turns your mouth into a puckering desert,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber drunk on 7/8/07
Pale-golden body with a bit of bright copper tints and a very frothy, large, slow-to-recede white head that provides ample lacing. High clarity and countless streams of tiny bubbles rising.
A lot more melon than I was expecting, not that thatís a bad thing, with bold pine resin and white grapefruit bitterness rounding it out. Definitely some crude yeast and hop stink, however, though thatís almost inevitable at this level. Malts are soft, quite deep and help make this bearable in the nose, without adding too much sweetness. Fruitiness perks up somewhat, as it warms, which is a nice suggestion, adding cherries, magoes and such. Alcohol warmth is perceived, with a bit of a perfumey bite to it on the finish, but itís nothing overly disruptive. Medium-high strength of aroma.
I guess the idea was to make this huge and over-the-top, so you canít really fault the brewer for producing, what I feel, is a beer that would be certainly much better with about 2/3 the alcohol and hop bitterness, but it still makes for quite a fatigued palate by the finish. Pine and heavy grapefruit, with some floral suggestions and light peach-mango. Very expansive, yet tight carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel and soft, supple malts further aid the texture. Hop acids begin to burn, on the finish, and it gets estery and very dry/nearly-astringent. But for the crude yeastiness and overly bitter, grapefruit/pine dominant hoppiness, itís a pretty strong success for this abv and IBU content. As always, though, beers like this seem more a novelty/challenge for the brewer than a true attempt at something really well-made. Man, Ernest would absolutely hate this beer!