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 (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very deep orange pour. Very light tan head. Fruity, hoppy aroma. Delicious even from a plastic cup (boo). Sour and bitter taste. No aftertaste but a bit of alcohol in the afternose.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange-amber body, small white head. Big resinous hop aroma - grapefruit flesh, peach, stem, all held together by toasty caramel malt. The flavor parts of the hops comprise the interesting part of the flavor - juicy orange, grapefruit, and almost a sweet pine element. Tingly hop spice in the finish. A fun-to-drink but unexceptional IIPA.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Odeed. The beer pours to a clear glowing orange body with a nice creamy white head. The aroma is peaches, hop leaves, fruit, toasted malts. The flavor is hoppy butterscotch. Grapefruit, pine, hop leaves. The palate is bitter and medium bodied, creamy, nice belch.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a light orangish copper colored pour w/ a full off white head and some ncie lacing. Smells much smoother than the double lots of sweet hop notes touches of grass lots of grapefruit hints of strawberry and some nice carmel sweetness. Palate is full lightly creamy and nicely oily, well coated. Flavor is GREAT. A nice fruity hop flavor, grapefruit, apples, strawberries, some floral notes and a good carmel blend. This is just some good stuff.
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In proper glassware @ Naven’s: What a delicious hop-riddled ale this proved to be. Poured a dark auburn and provided some nice lacing. Hops galore. I won’t go into too much detail, but I smelled the hop assault well into the evening. I would love to have more of this in one evening than I am capable of withstanding. Time to start lobbying the local beer outlet around the corner to get me some of this so I can put that to a test.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark amber color. Wow, what a smell! The bottle says this is a "hop tribute", and they aren’t kidding! Excellent beer. Very Very nice.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A "that’s what I’m talkin’ about" smell of hops, raspberries and fun. A dark amber hazy look with a healthy head. A tast that would justify Ben Franklin’s quote about beer. An aftertaste that know’s when its a good time to leave. An epic I2PA.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2006 see through apple cider-esk body with a nice full white head that left webbing.beautiful wet,sticky,piney hop aroma.flavor boasted the same.this is super hoppy and super tasty!