aracauna (3187) - 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) - Sisters, 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 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, 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 (11891) - 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.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hello Mr Moylander...so nice to hop you...i mean meet you!!! Good citrusy hops mixed in with a sweet malty base made up the aroma on this one..a bit subdued but inviting. The color was a cloudy bronze..a tad to the dark side with minimal to no head. The taste hides the 8.5% very well. It begins with a syrupy attack of hops and bite and ends with a carbonated smack of sweetness from a good helping of malt and hints of grapefruit. The taste ends dry but subtly sweet...heavy malt...nice balancing... hops not too prevalent other than the immediate taste..i like!
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of pine tinged hops mixed with a heavy alcohol sweetness hit the nose, it pours a deep copper, clear reddish, head fades quick. There is quite a bit of bitey pine needles in the taste also, but it mixes with a sweet finish. The grapefruit pine bit lasts a long time. This is a bit too sweet, but with a bunch a pine needles that bite on their way out.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank a lot of great IPAs lately. This wasn’t one of them. There were plenty of hops, but they neither blended with each other, or with the malts. Gains the uncomplimentary "Hop Soup" status.