hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling clear, amber ale with a small, creamy, white head.
Very malty and extremely well-hopped. Great balance. Caramel, sherry, leather, flowers, cashews and apple notes. Full-bodied and astringent as Hell. Oily mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Lengthy, tart, dry finish. Really good stuff!
argo0 (11908) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small off-white head atop a clear copper body. Aroma is pine and fruit (cherry, melon), some grapefruit. Taste is fairly sweet, not especially bitter, fruity, some spice, some pine and grapefruit. Finishes moderately bitter pine. Moderately full body. Nothing remarkable about this one, other than the price relative to the quality. In my book, a subpar I2PA (though as my rating attests, an above-average beer).
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dense cloudy, orangey amber appearance, flattish head formation. Aroma shows piney hops, tropical fruits and a touch of baked bread, but is all a little subdued. Unlike everyone else I found this leaning more towards the hops, bitter from start to finish. Some biscuity sweetness appears in the middle with a yeasty rusticness and slight hints of fruit and spice.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark amber with a lively tan head. Aroma is first and foremost pine, then some sweet malt aromas develop. Not nearly as hoppy as you might expect given the style. Hops are assertive but there is a ton of malt balancing things out. There are also some spice flavors swirling about in the mix, maybe some nutmeg and cinnamon. The body is med-full and the finish is surprisingly short. An interesting combination of an IIPA and a winter seasonal.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very different from the other double IPAs I've been drinking. I don't really like the style of this one. Almost strong ale or Belgian-like. Yeasty character with apple esters. Kind of bready and thick. Don't get much crispness here at all. Has some creaminess though. Darker compared to other double IPAs. Excellent lace with small retaining head. Much better choices are available in this catagory. Price was a little steep also. Some odd flavors present. Not impressed.
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice imperial IPA. The perfect crisp brew available. Smooth creamy and tasty! This is a crisp and flavorful IPA
3fourths (8480) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark orange with a generous white head. Nose of a hopped-gasoline-like aroma, something like the wheaty hoppiness mixed with a fuel... kind of odd. Full-bodied and robust, with tones of nuts, wood, and roasted malts, with a mild finish (for an IIPA), not overdone, but still lacking an expected kick. An OK IIPA, but not worth the $7 for the bottle. If you've had Dreadnaught and others which are similar, this will disappoint, so save your money.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 a hazed brown-amber existence lay beneath a solid forest of whiteness...fields of citrus drenched hops & strawberries fill the air..earthy hop flavors dance with slightly acidic waves of fruit flavors...starts tart & acidic yet turns creamy with a tangy bite to the finish..not bad. but not balanced.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is piney, woody and malty. A full bodied imperial/double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and floral. This is NOT your typical imperial IPA, the hops are there, but they are not the over-the-top, in-your-face variety of most west coast imperial IPAs. The hops are kind of hidden by the nice malt sweetness, but they come on from the middle to the finish. There are also some Christmas beer spices in here as well: allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Well balanced. Very smooth. A great winter warmer beer. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A copper body with a huge, eggshell head. A huge hop aroma, but not an assault. Pine, caramel, citrus and creamy malt. A full, sticky body. The flavor starts sweet and fruity, but suddenly there is a piney bitterness that comes from nowhere to startle and dominate. A real pleasure to drink.