Kinz (3567) - 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 (10265) - 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 (12509) - 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
3fourths (8801) - 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.