puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle form Degarth/Secret Santa. Very dank hop aroma. Flavor has nice cherry, leafy mint notes. Pure yellow hop flavor with almost no noticable malt backing, just like I like it. Good complexity and finesse in this one, a fine example of a west coast IPA. Thanks, Joey!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a transparent light gold that fades into a small white cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Tiny bubbles rise to the top.
Smell is of spicy cat piss, herbal notes, pepper...seems to have been overtaken by the Amarillo hops IMO.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the same overkill of herbs and bitter grapefruit peel going on.
Mouthfeel is bitter and herbal and in need of more balance.
kyzr (1381) - Montana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with off-white head. Big pine hoppy nose. Flavor is more Simcoe than anything, with a true over the top on the hops. Medium body with decent carbination. Finish is nice and bitter. This maybe one of the most hoppy ales I’ve ever had. Very nice!
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle thanks Degarth) Pours amber with a creamy off white head. The aroma is strong of green hops with tones like pine, grapefruit, blood oranges along with some floral and earthy notes up front. Some fresh sweet malt in the background with hints of cookies and caramel. Undertones of tropical fruit juice, nettles, some spiciness, cucumber and green peppers. The flavour is quite balanced in the beginning but the finish is super dry, heavily bitter, peppery, resiny and grapefruity. Also quite floral and piny with a touch of tropical fruits. Maybe a bit on the weak side malt wise. The mouthfeel is hoppy tart with a light crisp carbonation. Medium bodied. One of the bitterest beers ever. Nice.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a fairly clear orange, with a small white head. Smlls of big, juicy citrus hops, some pine, and grapefruit were noticeable too. The taste, as expected, was of pretty big hops and that patened grapefruit citrus tang. The bitterness was quite high in the finish and the aftertaste as well, which was a good sign for this beer. Pretty solid double IPA. Not really many flaws to point out.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sampled at YEHA. Aroma was near perfect. I couldn’t stop smelling it. A beautiful blend of grapefruit and hoppy notes. Pale golden body with thin head. Flavor is lightly bitter, hops, grassy. May be my favorite of the gathering.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours golden light amber with a lacy off white head. Strong earthy pine hop aroma. Medium bodied with a bitter hop taste as expected.
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared with WeeHeavySD at the Wii Bowling Tournament. Which I lost, by the way. I’m still champion in Belgium though. I need to rematch soon so I can claim both belts again. On to the beer.... Obliteration is an apt name for this as it completely obliterated my palate. It’s more like a quadruple IPA. Definite hop bomb and a half. Too much. Tasty, but also proof that you can overdo it. More than one in a night would make my shit smell like pine cones.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber I believe that came from Samuaraiartist. Shared with bartzilla. This was a pretty damn tasty DIPa. had a lot of citrus in it and largley bitter finish. Overall it was a pretty nice showing from those guys up in the icy cold north.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at argo0’s xmas party, thanks kmweaver. Copper, hazy, small white head. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, with pine-citrus, soap. Flavor is hoppy as well, and has a decent backbone of malt, caramel detected. Aftertaste is grassy, and little but of alcohol.