hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… O-Town Christmas Gathering ‘07… Mostly clear golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The nose is composed of both pink and yellow grapefruit and cotton candy. Full-bodied with a biting mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Violently bitter flavor up front with tons of fresh, lucid, citric hops. Followed by and blended nicely with topical and fuzzy fruit sweetness. Lengthy, bittersweet and then drying finish. Thanks to kmweaver for supplying this beer!
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big hoppy, grapefruit nose with lots of grapefruit flavor.This had a small hop and spice bite to it with a bitter finish.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, from Jimbowood. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Flavor is extremely hoppy, and tasty. Palate seems a little rough near the finish, but this stands on it’s own as a pretty good IIPA.
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing - slightly hazy gold/orange beer, with a frothy head - spicy, piny, west coast hop aroma, with some underlying citrus and strawberry - highly resinous hop flavor, which gets quite spicy on the back end - a mild, ambiguous malt backbone keeps this beer all about the hops - dry and biting, without becoming astrigent.
beastiefan2k (3316) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from SamuraiArtist. Pours a glowing orange color with medium clarity. Aroma is a very dry and bitter hoppiness. Very grapefruit skins like. Taste is similar but even stronger dry yellow grapefruit skins. Strong bitterness from the hops. Very low on maltiness and sweetness
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing this one. Hazy golden beer, thin white head. Very fresh hoppy aroma. Bright and citrusy with loads of tangerine and orange peel. A bit of spice and light pithy resinousness. Light spicy and fruity flavour. Lean-bodied, crisp pale malts. Slightly spicy, black pepper and white pepper. A bit of dustiness. Lingering bitterness. Very dry but pretty tasty. The hops are a bit more indistinct tasting than the aroma would suggest.
drfabulous (6178) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The green beans in the fridge were going on two weeks or more old. I had to use them tonight, or it was all over. Two dollars worth down the drain. For whatever reason, the wife made me buy them when her folks where in town, and she never used them. I’ll save you the details, but I got together a decent dressing of yogurt, soy sauce, chili, onion, carrot, vinegar, and with a few other items made a nice stir fry. And the beer? This Double IPA I’ve been meaning to drink for twice as long. Like others of this style, the taste is bold, hoppy, malty. I don’t agree with others here that it’s unbalanced I get that kick from the hops I want. That’s the balance I need.. And like the one other Midnight Sun I’ve had, this one is damn good. It goes well with green beans too.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle - clear copper with quickly fading white head; minor lacing; massive hop aromas that are sweet at first and becoming a piny bitterness; flavors are all hops and extremely bitter
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A brilliantly clear, bright copper hued beer is topped by a frothy, slightly sticky, initially two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The aroma is pungently hoppy; thick with sticky notes of sweet citrus and a sharp, dank, herbal component. The hop aromatics produce aromas of grapefruit zest, apricots, orange blossoms and tropical fruit as well as notes garlic chives (the Summit hops for sure), resinous pine, something akin to spicy sea urchin and a pungent, spicy hop reek. The malt clearly plays a supporting role here, but if you dig for it there are notes of soda crackers in the finish.
Lightly sweet tasting, but the resinous hop character almost completely engulfs any residual sweetness before you can notice it. Just before the hops take over one notices a soft, lightly caramelized malt sweetness. Gripping, bitingly bitter, with a tongue flagellating assault of over-the-top hop notes, the beer is clearly all about the hops. This is so astringently hoppy it is really almost harsh in character; if you are not a total hop head you will probably find this undrinkable. Somehow a toasty malt note is noticeable in the finish, it is wrapped up in and surrounded by scathing hop flavors, but does provide a softer, slightly calming influence in the onslaught of hop notes. The citrus / fruit hop flavors take a back seat here (most likely due to the lack of malt sweetness to carry them), but up front one can get hints of apricot, tart grapefruit and even a pungent citrus oil component noticeable throughout. Really the notes that are biggest are those similar to turpene-like herbal notes, garlic, green onions and a huge menthol like, resinous pine flavor that really sticks to the palate and lingers on in a really long, astringently bitter finish.
I am not sure I remember having a beer that is so unbalanced towards the hop side of the spectrum. Even for this hop head, this really needs substantially more malt sweetness to make this brew work. Not a horrible brew, but it is a bit too unbalanced for my palate & the typically harsh summit hops seem to dominate the mix a bit too much.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Orange hued caramel, on the darker side, some haziness, large rocky off-white head, sticky lacing.   Hops, hops, and more
hops on the nose.   Very aromatic.   Seems like some pine and citrus peel as well.   So far we are starting off on the right
foot.   Certainly flavorful on the tongue, very hoppy, good dose of bitterness, some citrus peel, but the one thing is missing are the
malts!   Definitely heavy on the hop, light on the malt.   Seems a bit unbalanced, even if flavorful.   Body and mouthfeel are
moderate, and certainly not on par with the heavy doses of hops used in this one.   I was really looking forward to this one, thinking
it would be a bit thicker, and at $10 a bottle I figured it should be damn near a Barley Wine.... but nope, its a 1½ IPA as far as I am
concerned.   Very flavorful, but seems like a robust IPA to me.   Needs to be malted up, provide a bit of sweetness to counter act
the very flavorful hop bitterness, and then we’re talking.   Damn... just too unbalanced to give it higher marks.   Thanks for the