Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This double IPA pours a clear, ruby red color with a small, off-white head. The head does not linger but the beer emits a nicely hoppy aroma with piney, resinous smells and lots of grapefruit. What little head that is left remaining leaves good Brussels lace on the glass. It has a full body with a smooth, creamy palate and a medium amount of carbonation. The flavor is good and hoppy with some very strong, malty sweetness backing up the floral, piney, citrusy hops. The finish is long and sweet at first but ending with a good burst of hops and a mild bitterness. A good, straight forward double IPA that is not as complex as some others but still holds its own, and it is a damn fine beer too.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big pine/citrus nose on this beautiful deep amber double IPA. Huge frothy head which thickly laces and remains the duration. Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, with fair amount of hop resins sticking to my mouth. Flavor is extrordinary for an IPA. Hops all the way with a good malt backbone just as promised. Bitterness is there but doesn't push you away. My favorite style and a hopheads dream IPA. Yet another great work of art from the coast with the most! My list of great California breweries continues to grow.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma promises a nice balance of hops and malt. Unfortunately this does not show through in the flavor. Am going to rerate due to possibility of bad bottle.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very bright, very glowing red body. Cream-colored head is boisterous and rocky. The aroma is strongly sappy but not harsh. Many super hoppy beers with this coniferous sappy profile can end up being harsh, but this avoids that. The flavor is surprisingly thin for the size of the beer. There's a surprisingly low bitterness as well. The hops turn grassy in the flavor. My guess as a homebrewer is that there was a very small amount of hops in the long boil, but the hopping was very large on the very short aroma boil and perhaps heavily dry hopped as well. Light caramel and a bit of biscuit in the flavor. Becomes a bit sweet when it's warm, but pleasantly so. This beer is better at room temp or maybe just a little cooler than room temp than it is chilled as the malt disappears almost completely. This would be a nice IPA, but it really doesn't show it's strength in either body or complexity.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber color with a large off-white head...lots of lace. The aroma was quite subdued...some citrus tones, and a definite malty sweetness. The flavor was a little stronger, but still not what I would expect from something called a "Double IPA." The alcohol was not really noticeable until later when the beer had warmed. Thick, sticky, heavy feel.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
earthy/fruity hop aroma, amber hue, sticky earthy hops but surprisingly subdued bitterness until the bitterness and alcohol poke through on the finish, double malt creates a nice round body to it
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fucking a, this has alot of head. Pours as a murky brown swamp color. Lots of hops in the flavor along with a burnt carmel thing. Dry, some pine is detectable, bitter. A floral thing starts to happen half way through it. I can dig it.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper body, with big-ass creamy head. Strong grapefruit & pine hoppy aroma, medium sweetness. Flavor is definitely hoppy (as if there could be any doubt) -- grapefruit, pine, and even some floral. Good maltiness backing it up, along with medium sweetness. Alcohol also present, though not to the beer's detriment. Finishes with strong bitterness and hint of alcohol. Yes it's just another of those insanely big California beers, but why is that a bad thing?
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice sweet aroma of hops and malt. Citrus flavor throughout, almost that of Cascade overload. Finishes a little ot the dry side. Overall quite enjoyable.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper pour with a nice head that stays throughout. Nose and flavor are pure citrusy resin covered hops. Slight grapefruit tendency.Good but I like Yulesmith and White Knuckle better.