5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Vibrant orangish caramel, soft haze, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing, little carbonation.   Strong resiny hop nose, smells like a kicker.   Quite a strong hop kick up front, but it seems to settle quickly.   However, after the finish the mouth begins to water heavily and you start to pucker.   Seems a bit unbalanced, geared obviously to the hopped side.   Big body and mouthfeel.   Finish is a touch too hot, but is still enjoyable.   This might be a 2Ĺ IPA or a IIIPA as far as I am concered.   I consider myself somewhat of a hop head, but this one just makes you salivate and pucker up.   Malt needs to be brought up a notch to balance it out me thinks.   Still enjoyable tho.   Thanks Bob!
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Live/real ale. Most vendors just stick it on the shelf, but with this level of hops and alcohol, it is a survivor. Strong citrus influence, but itís hops all the way. If anyone has aged this, Iíd like to hear how it turned out. Too tempting for me.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty wtih tons of piney hop notes and a slight touch of grapefruit. Full bodied, dry and suprisingly smooth.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another fine Imperial/Double IPA in the California style. This beer is notably hoppy, of course, citrusy, and bitter. However, there is more than enough malt flavor to balance out the hops. You either like this style or you donít, and I like it in the right doses. A respectable example.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
gold copper color with very little lacing. strong hoppy aroma and a deliciously hoppy flavor with hints of spice and a little malt. Hints of carmelized sugar/candy through-out.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malts used were more roasted than I had expected - think expectations had to do with both the name and the packaging, as the bottle had a green screening that made me invision a total immersion in hops. The hops are clearly there, but more as an abrupt stop in the finish following the grainy, roasted malts. Very good, quite enjoyable, but not spectacular.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Filtered clearity in amber color with thin layers of suds atop. Tangerine hop nose bending towards grassy. Balanced but big hop flavors flow..the caramelly sweetness of the malt brings out the resiny hop flavors which cause fireworks of candied fruitness. Did i say bitter...but balanced? Bitter but balanced.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 note added 1/29/2009: Iím not sure why the wet hopsickle is listed as an alias of this beer. I had them side by side and they taste different.
I had this brew at Dr. BIllís 12 Hour Beer extravaganza in Anaheim, CA on August 20, 2005. Thanks, Dr. Bill.
Very dry hoppy, nice but nothing outstanding.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straight sweet hops aroma. Not sugar sweet, but pine-y sweet. Almost smells like the pitch you get on your gloves after stacking firewood. Coloring is more amber than IPA, but, then again, itís a double. Flavor is straight hops, no balance. This reminds me of the Siletz Spruce Ale. Flavor is like eating a tree. Not that Iíve ever done that. Mouthfeel is thick, in the sense that it overwhelms.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very Grapefruit juice looking beer. Nice High alpha floral nose with some pine and fittingly grapefruit aromas. Very resinous and oily. Some mild ripe white fruit notes from the malt and a good round soft oily mouthfeel. Much better than the white Knuckle.