jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks bentley78 for the bottle. Sparkling clear cooper-amber body topped by a frothy yummy looking off-white head. The aroma is extremely intense: grapefruit and some herbalness as well. The flavor is puckeringly full of hoppy goodness. Good malt spine that keeps things together and a good, though not over the top, amount of bitterness. The palate is soft and cleansing. All that is left behind is the essence of a crap load of hops. This is the best beer I have yet had from ths brewery.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours to a mostly clear medium amber colored body with a large, creamy, eggshell colored head that really lasts. The aroma is fresh pine, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of earthy citrus scented hops, along with a mild scent of caramel. The taste is bitter fruity & earthy-citrus hops up front, followed by pine, ripe grapefruit, lemon grass, with almost no malt flavors detectable, and nicely, none of the advertised 9.2% alcohol comes through (though it really seems less to me). Light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes with a brief burst of sweet caramel, then extended bitter floral and pine hop flavors.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi translucent and dusty brass in color with an oily ice layer for the head on the first pour, with more fluffy off-white foam substance appearing on later pours for the head. Aroma is set to see the summer out: greasy potato chips, slaughtered mango, puce apricot chews, honey induced rubber soled grapefruit, and some peaches & cream. Semi-sulfurous flavored afterthoughts let us eventually work our way back to crisp cascade flavor hop traits, seemingly building with its bittering brethren 10 seconds post gestation. Surprisingly reserved carbonation, especially for this brewery. Jaundiced grapefruit creates a waxy palate glaze while papaya meets sweet potatoes somewhere in the center. Gummy gumption perseveres through the teeth tossing. Arid and clean bitter sweeps reap the puckering promises as foretold on the label, but it’s not the star of the show - it’s a freebee’s encore. Medium-bodied all the way through, with an arid, nomadically clean finish. The aluminum’s still there, if you care to dwell on it. Lose the tomahawk and then we’ll talk. Thanks for the bomber, tpkenned!
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to Saarlander for the bomber, shared this at a recent tasting. as heemer has stated, this was an in your face "hop bomb"!!! poured a flouescent amber and carried a strong aroma of grapefruit and pine. some sweetness, just a little, would have helped this one IMO. not sure what the IBU’s are in this one, but it seemed even more bitter than Two Brothers "Hop Juice" (100 IBU ). if you’re looking for something over the top in hops, this is it.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Duane shared a bottle of this at a small tasting. Poured a nice hazy golden color. The aroma was all citrus hops, no malt at all. Flavor was the same. I love hops, but this was even a little too one-sided and unbalanced for me.
tromboneman (17) - USA - AUG 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good IPA and at a very good price. Though all and all this IPA has nothing on even the commonist of IPAs such as Dogfish’s 120,90, and even 60 minute IPAs. I wont even go on, you know what I mean. Overall I thought it left too much space between the maltiness and the hoppiness. I loved the fruitiness though... Got to love them fruits. Um Um.... Fruit
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a great IPA. The pour was a nice light golden/orange color with a medium head. The aroma was a very nice grapefruit smell that got your taste buds in the mood for some IPA lovin’. Taste was very hoppy, tons of citrus and a definite bitter aftertaste left in your mouth. Malt was just enough to keep a good solid balance in place. Very refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly subtle citric aroma,pleasing but mild, WOW taste on the other hand is huge,all citrus and piney ,slightly oily texture,big time bitterness at the end,hardly notice the malt trying to balance,taste is wonderful, a bigger aroma would have made this a classic
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Thanks for sharing, Duane. Man, this was a one dimensional hop bomb. Not to my liking at all. The body was cloudy medium orange with a white colored head. The aroma was in your face massive grapefruit. As much as I have ever smelled. There was also toast and some peanuts. The taste was very bitter with some grapefruit riunds. There was also almond shells and some plastic. Not for my taste buds, but hop head freaks will appreciate this one.
Ratman197 (12136) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of grapefruit rind, earthiness, pine, light carmel and flowers. Palate was medium bodied, smooth and a bit resiny. Flavors of sweet carmel, grapefruit goodness, funky earthiness and fresh pine with a dry, smooth lingering bitter finish. A very tasty hop bomb for us hopheads!