tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown/red with a massive tan head which leaves excellent lacing and good retention. Aroma is hop extract, syrup, a bit of cheesy hops. Flavor is surprisingly nice - sweet lemoncake, piney hops. Finish is dry and very bitter, the bitterness lingers for a few seconds. The palate remains very oily and slightly sticky with no astringency. Needless to say, I was surprised how good this was.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL thanks to tastybeer. The pour is a pretty hazy bright red with a healthy, thicker, tan head. Very nice sheety rings of lace. Really nice lace all over the snifter tulip. Nose comes off as woody and cedary, with a small dose of older cheesy hops and strawberry pancake syrup. As it warms you are given loads of toasty bread and wheat toast along with something fresh and sweet like lemon cake or lemon tart. Nice. Taste is not bad- wicked bitterness in finish is not astringent as much as it is like chewing on Brasil nut and walnut skins. I actually really like this. Thankfully, it is not the battery acid and melted plastic abomination that was Barrel Aged 1000 IBUs. Probably the most hops De Proef had ever seen when Mikkel came over the brew this one. Carbonation is soft. Finish is long, nutty bitter to the max, but not astringent surprisingly. Much better than expected.
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Ølfestival København 2011.
Pours a dirty orange colour with a slightly beige head. Aroma of crispy floral hopts, pine needles and caramel. Flavour of very strong floral hops, grass, caramel, honey and birch leaves. Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel and a dry, strong, bitter, long finish. Better than the barrel aged version.
kermis (8452) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours hazy brown with beige head. Aroma is extremely hoppy with grass and citrus. Flavor is again grassy hops with full on bitterness.
Rasmus40 (15165) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rather hoppy - grapefruit and peach. Flavor is quite sweet and extremely bitter. Dry and very bitter finish. The hops leave more raw bitterness than aroma. 090610
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy deep amber and brown coloured body with a thick tan head that leaves a pretty nice lace. Aroma of a lot of hops - thats for sure, some caramel and toffee and a bit of malt, but the hops come through first obviously, then the alcohol. Full-bodied; Strong malty flavour with a TON (a thousand ibus, i hear - sarcasm) of hop flavours that literally taste like you are eating a hop vine - amazing amount of hops that are the only flavour that’s noticeable. Overall, easily the hoppiest beer i’ve drank from a brewery and an amazing beer for hop lovers. Quite simply, if this was lower in alcohol and lower in price, I’d be drinking this every week. A great beer that should be sampled to be believed! Also, by far my favorite Imperial IPA i’ve sampled. I sampled this 37.5 cL ’split’ bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 08-May-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 12-May-2011.
Koelschtrinker (14550) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bereits im Antrunk sind die Hopfenaromen extrem stark und vielfälltig, sowohl blumige als auch grasige und trocken hölzerne Aromen sind vorhanden, Pfirsich, Wassermelone. Diese Hopfenbombe eliminiert andere Aromen, es dauer lange, bis sich das Malz seinen Weg an die Oberfläche bahnen kann. Auch im Abgang dominiert der Hopfen, die erstaunlich milde Süße hilft dabei, dass der Hopen sein Potential komplett entfalten kann. Natürlich ist das Bier auch ziemlich bitter, was aber auch gut zum Hopfen passt – an diesem kommt die Bitterkeit im übrigen nicht heran. Sehr vielschichtiges IPA, in dem der Hopfen einiges zu bieten hat. Spitze! 10/14/11/14/12/14
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber with a pillowy tan head, thick lacing. I get nothing but hops and a touch of diacetyl in the nose, suprisingly a bit mellower than I had thought. It starts out kind of sweet, cherry and some caramel maltiness, followed by an intense earthy hop blast. There are other flavors lurking udner the hops towards the end, but heck if I can figure it out with the intense hop flavor that lingers forever. Slightly sticky, but goes down kind of smooth for such a hop bomb. Not bad, definitely an interesting beer, more well balanced than I expected.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ahhhh 1000 rates. What better beer to mark this milestone than Mikkeller 1000 IBU? Pours a murky dark amber with an off white head. Big funky hop aroma dominates. Taste is massively hoppy with citrus, piney hops but also remarkably balanced. Really wonderful chewy malt backing. Finish is sublime. Excellent beer.
Ratman197 (12126) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a hazy amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of biscuit, orange zest, pink grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, pine and light orange zest with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.