winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark gold with a lasting white head. Aroma is like a freshly opened bag of american hops. A full malty palate is quickly overrun by a harsh hop bitterness and intense hop flavor. Indeed very hoppy, though not as balanced or enjoyable to drink as I would like to see.
Sregnar35 (933) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ridiculousy good. Pours deep orane with a great lacing head. Aroma is slap your face hops. Flaove is extreme citrus hops, so awesome I canít believe, this is great beer.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An unclear dark amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is very hoppy and grassy combined with light notes of caramel. The flavor is strong with notes of caramel and grass. Nice.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Bottle. A fiery, orange pour tumples into my snifter glass, stirring up a creamy swirl of light beige head. Aroma is dripping with sugary ruby red grapefruit, freshly sliced pineapple, and raw mango skin. A brown sugar maple glazed sweetness adds some maltiness dimensions, and some honeysuckle gives it a lightly floral bouquet. A rich, syrupy texture rushes across the tongue, opening the floodgates to a massive hops resevoir. Freshly cut pine boughs and some indescribable artificial metallic tones sting the tongue initially, but a light maltiness comes along, nursing my senses back to health. Final smack of white grapefruit juice.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Hazy orange with a creamy, lasting head. Incredible mouthfeel. Juicy, vibrant, bold and charismatic hops were full of citrus, resinous pine, spruce and sharp grass. Bold bitterness was held in check by a rather solid and tasty malt backbone, which was rich with cocoa, caramel and chocolate malt balls. Plant-like twang lingered on the tongue. Fantastic beer, especially for a hophead like me.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím so happy i found a bottle of this, finally. Pours a dense copper and orange with a decent layer of film on top. Carbonation bubbles rise extremely slowly and are fairly big. Aroma is a strong dosage of freshly picked hops, pine and reminds me of a musty sweat. The drink is intensly bitter but delicious every last sip. Strong flavors of grapefruit, hop, and a sweetness similar to wild honey. Amazing double IPA, i couldnít of imagined it being this good.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bottle Pour of clean, clear ruddy amber, the color of deep fiery topaz. With a shrouding rim of sparse white head. Zinger of an aroma, full of cream-like West Coast hops, rounded with freshly scraped Sicilian Blood Orange peel, fresh Florida Ruby Red, and Moroccan Coriander, ground. Flavor is piquant. A really heavy edge of spiciness, over a complex fruit. The Cascade dominates, but yields to a glacier-like advance of mixed up fruits and spices. Iím getting Oaxacan style seasonings, in a pot of mulled Wine, with some Thai fruit salad. Complex and intriguing. This is all washed away but liquid sweet sugars, clean and free of peril. The finish is somewhat unsettling, with a parching and quite bitter grassy resin coating my mouth, creating a sense of unbalanced yearning. Overall, decent. But some light diacetyls and the scary finish keep this one from earning top marks. Regardless, thanks Andy!
BeerandBlues2 (8456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blind rating. Pours deep copper and brown with a rocky, foamy off-white head and spotty lacing, lasting head. Aroma is soapy, pine and spruce hops, perfumey and citrus fruits. Heavily bitter rind and moderate acidic hop flavor, burns the tongue, sour hop is lasting. Medium bodied and dry palate.
Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
100% blind rating.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), moderately yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours a clear dark caramel with an average, white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head. The aroma is sweet malty with a light note of toasted grain, caramel; hoppy with heavy-to-harsh notes of resin/pine, grapefruit, light notes of apricot;; yeasty with light notes of dough; miscellaneous notes of light cedar.