Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at brewpub. Medium orange, nice head. Big spicy nose. Big flavors too, bitter hops, spice, and pine resin. Solid sweet malt backbone, peppery finish. Oh yeah, and did I mention pine resin?
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very enjoyable! grapefruity, resiny, hoppy IPA with a belgian like peppery mint sense that remains involved. like biting into a fresh minty leaf. it has an herbal like qualitiy to it. quite interesting, and good! it has a huge rocky head that just won't quit, geesh.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyable. Alcohol well-hidden. Malts hit the tongue quickly, transitions to thick hoppy syrup soon after. I've never considered resin as a characteristic of a beer before - always get the word confused with rosin. Clearly, this is resoundingly resinous. Beautiful solar-eclipse colored with a long lasting fluffy head.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy dark amber color with a big lasting beige head. Aroma of sweet malt and resinous hops. Very malty and sweet, with alot of hop bitterness. Well balanced and not too sweet or bitter though.
fly (1454) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A head so solid that eventually folds into a thick biological blanket that must be negotiated for another sip. Even my sorry sinuses can't miss a stroll through pine trees. What an aroma! Double it is. Double the pleasure, double th fun. Endoubitably.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful hop floral aroma that you can smell from accross the room. Pours copper amber red with a huge, and I mean huge head that lasts for days. Full complex bitter hop and appricot flavor that is very pleasing. A suppurb Imperial IPA.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge hop aromatics slap your olfactory off the face. Heavy resinous piney aromas and flavors with just enough malt to keep you going. This was a realatively fresh bottle and the rest will be aged.
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 (146) - New York, 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 (2711) - 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!