SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky copper pour with a creamy, one inch head. Fabulous fresh hop aroma - sweet grapefruit and orange as well as lighter notes of rose and perfume. Medium bodied beer with a solid caramalt back. Crystally sweet malts and citrusy hops intermingle, but are overcome with extreme bitterness in the finish. Rather rindish, sour and piney - which disrupts the flow of this otherwise smooth drinker.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle given to me so generously by Dickensonbeer. Pours translucent copperish brown with a nice butterscotch colored head and lively carbonation. Nice aroma of citrusy and piney hops. Initial flavor is semi sweet with the fruitiness of the hops dominating the taste buds. That quickly transitions to a very bitter, dry, resiny finish that lingers on and on. Alcohol is well hidden. A real hop bomb here. Once you drink this, your palate is shot for the night. Whew!
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Toronado. Wonderful example of the IIPA style. Pours amber withan average head. Aromas of grapefruit and apple. Flavors of hops, flowerds and fruit. fairly complex with a not too bitter finish. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.
Bov (9815) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 courtesy of Per Samuelsson - foaming nervously out of the bottle; pours a very cloudy reddish-brown colour under a firm, creamy beige head; impressive hoppy nose showing strong aroma of flowers, apricot and cream; oily (but not heavy) mouthfeel and very bitter; the finish is very long, even more bitter, very dry, showing more flowery and fruity notes - a beautiful and very assertive hop soap
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle-Peach orange hue with a sudsy off-white topping with sluggish carbonation. Nose is full of resinous hops-over the top pine, grapefruit, resin and pinecones. Flavors start out sweet and lightly fruity with a finish of huge piney and resinous hops. big tingle on the tongue with these priclkly hop notes. Doesnt really have the characteristics i would put with a IIPA. it doesnt have any citric quality other than the grapefruit. I guess since its high ABV and lots of hops, that puts it in the IIPA category. I would just call it as the bottle says-imperial ale. Palate is lush and hides the alcohol very nicely. bitterness is probably around the 150ibu range (reminds me of Old Crusty in some ways). Very nice brew!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a hazy orange with a nice frothy off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with heavy citrus notes and caramel. Taste is a strong but at the same time subtle hoppiness, has a very nice fruit accent that you usually don’t see. Chewy mouthfeel.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Amber gold color, light head and lacing. Nose is bright and hoppy with some of the classic citrusy c hops along with pine, grapefruit and resinous brown sugar. The flavor has a snappy bitterness accompanied by the mild malt sweetness. A lingering dry mouthfeel thats pleasing. Excellent IPA, I could go for a super fresh sample.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to DaveCooks for this one. Dave sent 2 vintages of this, and the one i drank looks identical to the bottle pictured at left. The pour is turbid deep copper with a 2-finger off-white head. Aroma is huge tropical fruity and piney hops, some caramel malt, some black pepper. The palate is smooth, on the dense side, and syrupy hoppy, with flavor components of resiny hops, tangerine, honeydew, orange zest, watermelon. Gets hoppier as it warms. If you are a hophead, you’ll love this.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper body. Soapy off-white head.
Outright hoppy nose. Sticks out a bit more than the "normal" double.
Very sweetly hoppy taste. Citrus, grass, caramel. Good strong California IIPA.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Dark rufous. Lots of haze. Dense carbonation lethargically rises to form a thick head. Extremely potent hop aromas of pinesap, grapefruit, papaya, and blood oranges flood the nostrils. Muted glazed malt sweetness and a touch of cotton. Big mouthfeel with a hefty creaminess. Heavily chewy and sappy, initially, yet slightly airy, too. Pine needles pack a pinpoint sharpness which effortlessly penetrates the seductive wall of gooey hop oils. Noticeably bright upfront, despite the full-on hop intensity. Flavorsome hops are chock-full of fresh-picked grapefruit, rind and all. Malt lends a toasted caramel sweetness, but is essentially indiscernible. Acidity does emerge, but the unwavering sappiness does its best to dispel it. Hops continue to prick the tongue with their torturous grapefruit rind and pine needle bitterness. Becomes much brasher toward the finish as it loses much of its hop luster, but does reveal a fluffy whisper of malt sweetness that possesses just enough strength to combat the acidity. Profusion of pine and citrus flavors ensue with each belch. The aroma is huge, but sort of stale and not the least bit refined. Bitterness is one-dimensional, unrefined and heavily fatiguing as a result. Poor.