Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, at the CamRA Calgary Burn Unit Fundraiser. Pours hazy deep gold/red, with a medium off-white head, solid lacing. Nose is huge pine resin and grapefruit, with snippets of orange, and a heavy caramel-laden maltiness. Palate is surprisingly balanced and drinkable for something labeled "1000 ibu", in fact rather dangerously so. Flavors run towards the pine and caramel as well, with some non-distinct citrus notes. Tasty.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy amber hue with a small off-white head around the rim of the glass. earthy, piney nose loty oaky woodsy note as well. Very nice! flavors are sweet malt to start with a wallop of huge resinous hops-chinook? What is used in this beer? lots of really woodsy notes as well. the finish, well its resinous as hell as well. this is like rogue old crustacion in its hop bill, but without the nasty dirty notes that beer has. Thanks to Daknole for bringing this to the Benson tasting.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle into stemmed ale glass. Copper color with large tan head. Smells a bit hoppy but more malty. Moderate mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Taste is more malty than hoppy, definitely not a "1000" ibu in my book.
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Pours a hazy chesnut with an insane amount of light, tan sediment. Tall, creamy, beige head. Aroma of vanilla, honey, caramel, oak, cedar, bourbon, and just about every imaginable hoppy, resiny note one can imagine. Insane, thick, full body with a chewy, sticky, bitterly sweet palate. Finishes with a buttery silky smooth warmth. Excellent, insanely unique imperial IPA.
ekstedt (5413) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (37.5 cl) from Systembolaget. I was really curious about this one, could hardly wait until I could pop the (plastic) cork. What is 1000 (theoretical) IBU:s really like? Well, the bottle pours a clear mahogny with a creamy tan head. Strong hoppy aroma with liquorice, oranges, spruce, and some caramelly malts. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation. Heavaly bitter, but the carame malts counterbalance this beer to be just slightly more bitter than say Bigfoot. This beer lucidly illustrates the principle that it is hard to get more than 100 IBU in practice. Very good and dangerously drinkable though.
Sledutah (4670) - Utah, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7oz bottle, green bottle corked and caged, wrapped in a green paper
Appearance: Hazy dark amber with floating particles (hops?), a very nice creamy off-white cascading head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Pine resin and sweet malts
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Pine, caramel, citrus, sweet malts and hop bitterness in the finish
A very nice IIPA, lots of hops upfront and in the finish with sweet malts in the middle.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque brown with a fizzy off white head. Deep musty hoppy aroma. Oily palate. Tastes of hop oil grass citrus caramel malt taste with bitterness through out.
CheersMate (1309) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz. bottle from Green’s on Buford Highway. I wasn’t going to get this at first, but then I decided that I can’t pass up a 1000 IBU beer. Nice off-white head sitting on top of a rather translucent brown brown. Looks pretty good considering the head is nice and fluffy; plus, the head doesn’t seem as if it’s going anywhere anytime soon. To tell you the truth, I’ve never really enjoyed the European Imperial/Double IPAs because they always seem to be of the barley wine style. Old orange citrus hop aroma. Very pungent aroma. Slight malt sweetness accompanying the citrus aroma. Quite the pungent brew, but doesn’t have that fresh hop profile I like in the IIPA style. Fresh citrus hop flavor at first, then comes the sweet sugary malt profile as well. The beer finishes with a nice bitterness that lasts for quite some time. Hops are all over the place in the sense that at some moments I feel like my taste buds are being overloaded by hops, and at other times there is the perfect amount of bitterness. Not an extremely nice texture, but average for the style. Very hoppy brew, obviously, with some nice flavors, but wish it were a bit more "fresh" tasting as opposed to just being bitter.
Zita (4614) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very hoppy smell,amber, hazy, white foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, very hoppy tast,full body, creamy, bitter, long finish, very nice beer but your stomach dont like too mutch.
Hansen (6584) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light brown and unclear. Has an off-white head, fully lasting. Hoppy aroma, grass, hay, straw. Flavor has some faint sweet notes, harsh bitterness, unpleasent. Dry, dry texture.