MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Considerably browner than most IIPAs, marginally gold. Head is light brown, has a nice, firm creaminess to it. Nose is fruity, hops are noticeable, but the fruit predominates and it's not the usual citric mix but something more akin to peachiness, maybe watermelon? Unusual at any rate. Flavor is overly sweet, hops are definitely there but rather obnoxiously sweetened and sugary. Has a bit of a powdery tartness to it, but there's not much here to suggest this is actually an IIPA.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/18/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 12/12/04. Pours an extremely dark amber, looking almost a dark toffee tan until you hold it up to a light and see the reddish-amber glow. Very thick looking with almost no active carbonation running through the beer. Surprisingly slight, off-white head that dissipates to a thin whisp with mediocre lacing. Quite a nice aroma almost like a barley wine with its caramelly malts complementing the fruity (yes! strawberry! Thanks DaSilky), bright hops; a little bit buttery and piney. Very nice-- I just wish it were more apparent, but, alas, there's very little head to give off the aroma. Flavor is mellow and again slightly caramelly-sweet to go along with the immediate hum, sting, and heat of alcohol and sharpness of the hops. A little bit piney, a little twiggy, a little medicinal herbal quality to it, and an edge of sweetness to make it all go down smoothly. More darkly bitter hop and malt (I guess you could call it nutty-- it's definitely different) bite shows up immediately on the finish. Very long lasting, a little bit drying, layered with the caraml backbone and a bright and punishing front of hops. A little bit harsh for me, and I'm a big fan of IIPAs. Very full mouthfeel with big, oily body and a lot going on in your mouth-- it's just not all great. A pretty good one, but not a great one. I wanted to like this quite a bit more than I did.
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber brown color, OK head. Aroma is a shot of hops, pineapple and grapefruit, along with a definite hit of roastiness. Interesting flavor is initially that of bitter grapefruit, blending into a definite roasted, nutty malt background. Quite dry. Interesting, particularly the dry nutty malt interplay with the strong hops. Worth checking out, as it was unique from many others out there.
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. $6.99 each from Rick's Gourmet, in Alexandria Va. Bottled in the first week of December 2003. Fresh batch, to be sure. Poured out a dark amber - clear brown color, with a fast fading off-white head. Aromas are of a strong malty backbone, with a smattering of hops. Slight biscuit aromas as well. The aromas change as the beer warms up. Some nuttiness in the smell as well as the taste. Malty tasting, with a tangy hops background. This is the way an Imperial IPA should be, IMHO.
Finishes dry, but nice. A well made IIPA overall.
hopscotch (10426) - 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 (12640) - 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 (625) - 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