JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber with some white head. Nose is weak, especially for an Imperial IPA. Not much in the flavor department either. There was a weird funky sourness to it. I will need to try again and rerate, but I was dissapointeed to say the least.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smells like citrus hops and a lot like cheriís homebrew. very west coast vibe. bitter finish, and chewy.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. the 10th rating to make this an officially rated beer here at RB. aroma of grass and freshly mown hay. pour is a pale gold with a slightly off-white head which quickly faded to a thin layer of lace. flavors of mild caramel sweetness and grapefruit - pine. mouthfeel is medium with a tart almost dry finish. a very nice IPA. just something a bit different than what is typical for the style.
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Facto for sharing this one. This pours a dark gold with a huge head. They aroma is incredibly inticing with hay and dry apples. Makes me think of harvest time sterotypes. The taaste is strange with cobwebs and grass. There is a little bit of tartness hiding in here. There is also caramel and toasted nuts. Ceratinly an interesting take ont he style.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a mostly clear light amber color with a large white head. Aroma of orange peel, pine, and alcohol. Sweet, doughy, hop flavor in the middle to finish. Mild to moderate bitter finish. Nothing really over the top balanced and very tasty. Medium bodied.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a damn good IPA. Pours a billowing, long lasting head that left a stratigraphy of lacework. Beer is a deep gold. A full aroma of wildflowers and freshly mowed fields. Taste is heady hops, not overly citrusy like so many, but a mixed bag of spice and fruit. No real flaws, but is not as powerful on the tongue as some other Imperial IPAs. A bit of bubblegum, and slight on the toasted malt. Not overly bitter. Dry finish. Personally I prefer this style. It is more quaffable than many that are too unbalanced. My guess on alcohol is low for a IIPA...say 7.5%. Great effort.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright pale gold and quite clear with a good effervesence of bubbles. The lightest, most yellow of any Double IPAís Iíve seen. Solid white medium cap of firmly set froth. Settles quickly yet keeps a modest foamy topping and laces the glass entirely with decoratively fine frosting.
Vibrant and highly citric nose. Pungently high ended lemon, lime, orange, and tangerine peels. Abundantly fresh, misty, and lively with citusy verve. Solid pine notes gives a sweet resinous drippy oilyness right in with the overall tone. A nice array of hops here.
Taste is bountifully charged with fat citrus bestowing an ample toned peel mist of yellow grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Semi acidic with a mellow bitterness yet sharply compositioned over a light sugary coated soft bread cookie. Pineyness emerges late along with a smurfing of alcoholic warmth and resin oil. Very light caramel malt drifts in the background. Not overly complex, just whole lot of hops that are quite built up with a higher end citrus thats very enthralling. Mostly hops and mostly citric. Lovely!
Feel is about medium with a crystal clean start, smooth until the midway point where the citrus flavors and character flood in along with a roughly edged warmth and cottony coating of fluffy citrus skins and pith strands. Man oh man does the citrusy stuff stand on your palate for a prolonged period. Very nice in that respect.
This stuff is amazingly fine to drink. The overall milder tone of bitterness, the cleaner, fresher profile, and simpleness mends together appropriately while supporting its own citric hoppy heft.
In a word...drinkable! Oh...so close to perfect.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle at the Huber Haus Wisconsin Beer Tasting. Nice grapefruit aroma. Dark gold to light orange in color with a white head. Buttery coating to the tongue with a tingly fire to the palate. Great lacing. Fine sweetness to accomodate the hoppiness.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I eagerly anticipated the release of this IIPA, and I am pleased to say that I wasnít disapointed. I was greeted by a nice clean hoppy aroma, and it poured a golden orange color, with an adequate sized snowwhite head. tastes very strongly of hops little malt balance, yet no lingering bitter aftertaste. I found this to be a thoroughly enoyable IIPA, well made to style, canít wait to crack open another.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear pale orange in color with a head that looks like melting ice on a pond. Aroma is honeydew, hop bouquet, orange rind, grass stains and a squeeze of lemon. Nice smelling, but fairly subdued for the category. Flavor has pineapple and grapefruit leading the way. Honeyed, sugar sweetness in line with nectarines and apricots. Really tasty and easy to take on; a 12 oz. bottle wonít take long to take care of. Light and smooth bodied with some hop stops on the palate along the way. Tingly, citrus hops are met with a mild malt complexity. Finish is sugar sprinkled grapefruit.
My overall take-away is that this is perfectly in line with its release date - a summer version of an Imperial IPA, meaning that itís lighter, without that "hit you in the face" bitterness," which leads to a bit of a conundrum for my overall opinion (standing on its own, itís a very good beer, but put against other I2PAs, itís a little light.)