akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love the commercial description of this one, liked the beer almost as much. Very sweet aroma of a combination of rich malts and loads of hops. very smooth body with all that malt making it slide right to the back of the tongue. but that is were this beer and i stopped getting along. i did not find the bitterness to be a very pleasant bitterness. i had been set up for a sweet happy ending and then i was assaulted by loads of hops that had been boiled too long. other than that it was a good beer. i just needed something to clean the palate afterwards.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 6/7/02 Cask-conditioned draught: Pineapple juice aroma, cloudy brown w/ off-white head, not as fruity as the aroma suggested, however still a bit fruity in flavor with a hoppy finish. 6/17/02: Bottle: Aroma was much more grassy and IPA-like than the draught, Had to add a point for the nice complex hoppiness I didn't notice before
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am honestly surprised at the high rating this has right now. I was expecting more from something with the now trendy ’double’ term. Had about half the hops taste of Ruinition or Hop Rod. Still a decent IPA, but if I were a hop head I would go for something else. Did I get a bad bottle?
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium sized oily biege head and a hopy nose. Pours coppery. Starts off fairly thin in the mouth with an abrasive thin mouthfeel and a steely hop taste. Malt asserts itself after first 3d of the glass and balance this IPA out nicely. Resiny and vinious with the mouthfel changeing to slightly oily at halfway through the glass.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a huge head, one inch of beer to eight inches of head. Oddly enough, carbonation didn’t seem too screwed up when drinking it, just foamed excessively in the pour. Very bitter and hoppy, with grapefruity citrusy hops. Malts are definitely there, but lacks the backbone of a Ruination or 90-Minute IPA. Nicely creamy, but lacks the depth I expect in a super IPA.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beautiful beer... dark copper color. Full-bodied, loads of chewy caramel and toasted malts, nice complex hoppiness. A very pleasant, lingering, mouth watering bitter aftertaste. A special IPA, not an everyday quaffer.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful!! This is a real treat! Crisp, fruity, malty and the hops that take your head off. This is a hop lovers dream, I need more!
jazz88 (2525) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2003 Rating #1 Bottle (8 4 9 4 18). A fantastic foamy white head on an amber body with rising bubbles. A hoppy and fruity nose that screams great IPA. A medium body creamy smooth malty, bitter, and hop filled beer. Rating #2 Bottle (8 4 8 4 18). Deep amber in color with a slightly creamy tan head. A strong fruity (cherry, grapefruit), and hop aroma. Sweet liquid joy.
joet (2052) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Novato, CA. tap. Not as much foam after the pour as with the IPA and there’s relatedly less aroma -- slight malt and hoppiness. Taste is a two-cheeked giant ass beer with whopping bitterness and atypically large malt. Lots of sweetness. I’m interested in retasting but I doubt such a sweet beer would grow on me. An experiential beer with an irreproachable character.