grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy auburn. Wraith-like clinging head. Aroma is succulent and green, very "deeply" hoppy. A bit of dustiness (almond shell? ok, that's stretching it) and some dough in the aroma. I'm getting to where I think I could tell who brewed many beers just by smelling them--don't know if it's redundancy in ingredients, the yeast imprint, or both. The flavor is smooth, hauntingly smooth and full of rich caramel and toffee malt complexity. Even some light hints of chocolate and coffee in here, which paired well with the massive hoppiness, to my surprise. Very rich, creamy and complex--this beer has a lot to offer and is quite a treat. The only flaw is a rather incomplete covering up of the booze.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours kind of a dark copper for an IPA, and somewhat hazy. Head is off-white and frothy, leaving a trail of lace.
Aroma is all hops, and quite delightful. Not all that piny, but a sort of roasted citrus nose to it.
Goes down smoothly, with a creaminess unmatched by other double IPAs I have tried recently. Medium to big mouthfeel, this one is dangerously drinkable.
Some caramel notes riding along with citrousy hops on a baked sourdough wave. Really, really good.
Indra (2595) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Immensely hoppy aroma, juicy and leafy, with characteristics of pine, heady flowers, tangerine, pineapple and dried apricot fruitiness, and some very faint spices and earth, along with hints of burnt sugary sweetness. Dark copper color, partially opaque from bottle-conditioning, and with a finely creamy, persistent head. Fresh, piney, floral, fruity hop effortlessly rules all flavor aspects from beginning to end, with touches of balancing dark, honeyish malt sweetness towards the finish before a spicy, bitter, faintly cedary dryness takes over. Aftertaste sees a nicely balanced blend of the beer's elements. Mouthfeel is smoothly creamy with light-moderate astringency, medium-full body, and an astonishingly high degree of drinkability. Mouth-watering and tasty. Cheers, Grant!
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a large bottle of this during the Sugar Bowl. Nose of flowers & spruce, burnt citrus & resin, also brown sugar. Pours a sparkling copper. The titanic off white rocky head is fully lasting with giant hunks of lace affixed to the glass. The excellent flavor has superb balance and depth. A sweetish start is rounded out by a spicy bitterness at the finish. The medium soft body is creamy and feels astringent at the finish. Moylans is on par with Stone brewing or so it would appear.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay, I *gotta* start reading the alcohol content on bottles before drinking bombers when I have to go somewhere in a short time...
Pours a brownish gold with a *huge* head that lasts for a really long time. Amazing lace.
Smells wonderfully hoppy. Very floral smelling with a touch of malt.
Tastes damn good and quite hoppy, but it lacks enough complexity to receive anything higher than a 4. There's a strong grapefruit taste as well.
Moutfeel is very full and, well, exceptional.
Drinkability suffers a bit because of the grapefruit aftertaste and the high alcohol content. But this *is* a damn good IPA.
I've seen this around for a while and I just happened to grab it today, but I am very glad I did. You really should try this IPA.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good hazy amber/brown color,Big off white head that lasted for a decent amount of time only to slowly fade to a nice lace.The aroma was Hopped as hell with a nice citrus side and spice mild malt and a definate smell of a forth coming bitter brew.The taste was light malt and citrus with a strong hop presence hint of pine forest and pine-sol,bitter and to some point a little unpleasant.This isn't to bad a brew for a full fledged hop head but for me it's just to much of one thing and not enough of another.It seems a little out of balance,not as good as it could be.Worth trying atleast once but not a brew that could be had in a real volume.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark amber with an off-white head. Nice lacing. Very citrusy and piney aroma. Moderately full body. Melted caramel poured atop crunchy grains and dipped in liquid bitterness. Very piney hops becoming puckeringly bitter. Warming alcohol and sweet malts stick around before the big hoppy finish. A pleasant beer to try, but perhaps not the best IIPA ever.
Racegoer (352) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robust burgandy appearence,smelling of hops and malts. This one is thick and tastes of grapefruit and creamy hops, nice IPA
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brown orange with yeast chunks under a hardy creamy small bubbled head. Pine mixed with malts in the aroma. Thick chewy mouthfeel, starts off sweet then gets bitter. Long aftertaste that it bitter and sweet. The malt character really works well with the hops. A good IIPA for those who don't like unbalanced beers.
jgb9348 (4664) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper colour, slightly hazy with a thin off-white head which didn't last long. Aroma of strong hops, caramel, slightly spicey with a good malt background. Medium-bodied; Hoppy taste with some tea characteristics. Aftertaste shows the malt and hop bitterness throughout and ends with a bit of coffee. Overall, a decent beer for the style-but as we all know-I don't care for this style! I split this 65 cL bottle with JonR888710, which he purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington and sampled it on 29-November-2003.