mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an orange-brown body with a small white head. The aroma is concentrated orange oil AND pure pine juice...also some yeast and essentially quite floral. Flavour profile is quite sharp and piney - some sweet malt but it really takes the back seat to the juicy hops. Alcohol is well hidden and it makes this reasonably drinkable. A beer best drunk in small doses...
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Hogtown Harry with the regular fine folks on Canada Day í06. Medium orange, small white head. Wow, so many hops in aroma - very pine/tree like - lots of herbs too - sweet and lovely. Taste is very bitter and very dry, with even more linger than initial taste. Medium body, alcohol well hidden, this is exactly as advertised. As Greg said earlier, we probably should be tired of these hop monsters by now, but it just isnít happening!
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the usual suspects - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Hazy golden-orange with a small head. Oh yeah, this is hoppy - aroma of orange, grapefruit, spruce & tea - and maybe Iím just imagining it because of the name, but I swear that I get some creamsicle notes off the nose as well. Flavour is just as hopped up as the aroma - but even so, itís very drinkable, and hides that 9.2% amazingly well. I really should be sick of these hop-monsters by now, but I just canít seem to get enough of them...
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with GregClow, tupalev, DougShoemaker, mds, Radek and others - my bottle via trade with SDBruBoy. Poured hazy orange with a smallish bubbly white head. Thereís sweet malt backing up the aroma of this one, and maybe a hint of the 9.2%, but this is about the HOPS. My God this is hoppy - theyíre all here, sharp, resiny, spruce/pine, citrus, some somewhat funky ones - Radek pointed out thereís so much alpha in there, it canít help but seem a bit sour. Oh, and a hint of grain in the finish. Taste - well, even more about the hops - the malt fades into the background, this could be 2% alcohol for all I could taste - just wave after wave of grapefruit pith / lemon seed / resiny hop medley, and it takes a long, long time to finish. Decent body, astringent to the extreme, and even acidic, acceptably carbonated. A hop-headís delight.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Naven. Excellent hop flavor and aroma. Overpowering w/ hops and thatís just how I like it. All hop flavors- citrus, pine, grass, resin, etc., are represneted here. A great, West Coast IIPA.
robertjm (776) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Do you like hops? I sure hope you do if you buy this one! Billed as a Triple Hopped brew and I definiately believe it. Pleasant hop flavor to begin with, however, the bitter aftertaste is a bit overwhelming. Its not balanced like a Bigfoot, but one-sided. Micro bubble carbonation. Beautiful amber/golden color. Wonderful hop aroma. Frankly, thatís the best part of the beer IMHO. I bought it to try it, but seriously doubt Iíd buy it again.
presario (4705) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sharp grapefruit aroma with a background chorus or pine, orange and sugar. Thick frothy head on an orange amber beer. Delicious malt sweetness slowly gives way in each sip to the the towering hops ending in a long hop finish. A beautiful accomplishment. Canít believe the light alcohol presence or the balance on the flavour teeter totter. As you drink through the bottle the hops tilt the balance well in their favour.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Pow! Now this is hoppy. Great sickly sweet hop aroma, big bitter hoppy character, and I mean big. Ive never had anything with this much hop in it. Almost too much hops
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Bottle. Clear copper color with a off-white head. Amazing floral aroma that is super grassy and piney, maybe the best aroma Iíve ever gotten from an IPA. Very bitter flavor that doesnít live up to its aroma. Still very balanced with a nice mouthfeel and good carbonation. Rerate... hopmonster. Great great aroma, but the flavor is hugely bitter and unbalanced.
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Droopy49 for sending this one.
Pours with a clear medium amber body under a huge, creamy off white ehad.
Flowery grapefruit aroma.
The flavor is moderately sweet with a heavy bitterness that overpowers the malt. Bitter from start to finish. This has the hops, but itís a bit out of balance without more underlying malt flavors coming through.