harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful hazy, very cloudy orange with a huge foamy rim that fades into a small ring of foam. Hops explode out of the bottle! A truly amazing nose, the eruption of resiny hop oils is truly a thing to behold. Flavor profile is ample and matches the nose, perfectly balanced. Just much lighter in body than I expected. The finish is amazing, the hop bite sits on the palate for a good thirty seconds. Wonderful!!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Bottles courtesy of the Hood_River_Bandit and Pailhead. Hazy copper with huge off-white head. Best lacing Iíve seen in a long time, completely coats the glass. Huge head re-forms after tiny swirl. Huge piney hop resin aroma with plenty of caramel in the background. Flavor has a nice sweet malt kick up front, before the hop bitters completely take over. Huge pine resin and grapefruit. Well balanced. Overall a very nice IIPA.
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Thick. Hazy. Malty. Very, very hoppy. Cascade comes through heavily. Tomahawk adds a deep bitterness. Slightly alcoholic tasting (only "slightly" considering its alcohol content). Better cold. Palate is big enough to carry the hops all the way through.
omhper (23008) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Bottled. Hazy amber. Massive grapefruit aroma. Sweet and thick, really full bodied. Sufficient malt to carry the massive hoppiness. Easy going for itís size, yet very aromatic and flavourful. A juicy hop monster with some level of balance, but also rather one dimensional.
Oakes (15325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright amber colour. Fresh, herbal-fruity hop aroma. Big, chewy flavours. Lots of crystal malt and resiny hop. By the numbers IIPA can hardly evoke a comment from me.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Two different tastings of it while out in San Diego in early December. Buttery golden hazy pour. Big ctirusy grapefruity orange hop aroma with sweet caramel malt nose. Again, loads of grapefruity citrusy orange hops with sweet caramel malts for flavor, and a touch of candied medium fruit notes. So well balanced - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Cloudy deep amber-orange beer with a thick sticky off-white head. Gorgeous hoppy aroma. Juicy grapefruit and tangerine citrus over some sweet toffee malts, toast and bread. A bit tropical as well. Also some leafy/grassy and slightly resiny aroma. Resinousness doesnít overwhelm the sweet fruitiness, but rather serves as a bit of an accent. Flavour is also fantastic, sweet pineapple/mango tropical fruit, some orange and grapefruit as well. Sticky mouthfeel, very grassy hoppiness balanced by a kiss of medium crystal malt, light sweet caramel. Bitterness is less that I would have thought based on the aroma, but as you get through the glass, it becomes more and more intense. Loads and loads of hop flavour. Iíve been craving hops for quite awhile and this bottle definitely hits the spot. As the beer warms up a bit even more complex hoppiness comes out, big piny notes mingling with all the grassy and fruity elements I mentioned before. Spectacular.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. bottle, 2005 release. Aroma fairly well leaps from the glass and fills the surroundings with the scent of abundant hops. A closer analysis reveals strong notes of pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, green, leafy herbs, and some background honeyish, toasty malt sweetness. Deep copper color, mostly clear, with a lasting uneven, creamy head and wispy chains of lace. Flavor profile is quite balanced to start, the rich, pale malt sweetness combining with massively fruity hops before a truly forceful and deep bitterness sets in, maintaining this throughout, subsequently blending back in with a faint amount of sugary malt and very light peppery alcohol presence for the finish, which is drenched in long lingering, juicy hop resins. Mouthfeel is slick and lightly effervescent, body is of course full. I was very much in the mood for a monstrously hoppy beer this evening and this certainly fits that category. A true hop-focused Imperial IPA as indicated on the bottle -- "super hoppy". Thanks, Bob!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks dickinsonbeer for sharing. Silky off-white head with a metallic-orange body. Aroma of apricots, strawberries and candied fruits. Sweet hop profile. Concentrated flavor reminds me of orange syrup with building sweetness and coarse bitterness. Aggressive and strong, this is a major hop fix, but somehow this lacks some of the intangibles of the best double IPAs. Still very good.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Murky, amber ale with a frothy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose is a medley of pine, wood and grapefruit with barely a suggestion of menthol. The flavor delivers tons of earthy and fruity hop flavor. Lots of Columbus and Cascade evergreen and grapefruit. Decent balance due to moderate bitterness supported by a sturdy, caramelly, malt backbone. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. Finishes lightly sweet, medium bitter and bone dry. World class effort! Thanks to DarkElf for shipping the bottle my way!