jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce red-foil topped bottle
Pours a fantastic hazy light orange with a 1-1/2" white fluffy head. Great lacing left. Moderate carbonation streams to the top. Big on the nose. Very hoppy, earthy, citrusy grapefruit, piney, all the usual culprets in a great IPA. The taste was amazing. Great hops up front balanced very well with the malts. Buttery mouthfeel. Very easy to drink as the alcohol is undetectible. A damn shame that it won’t be brewed again anytime soon, if ever.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head. Smells of citrus, oranges, yogurt and some underlying misc. citrus elements. Tastes piny with some nice orange elements and a nice bitter undertone. This is 10% ABV? The alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full and bitter. Finish is peppery. I hope to see this one make it into their regular rotation some day.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of goldtwins, thanks again Larry! Was really looking forward to this one, and it seems like a good brew to sip on before going back to work for the week. Hazy yellow orange pour with a creamy yellowed off-white head. A awesome aroma: bready sweet malt, grapefruit, a tinge of pineapple, some caramel...all melds together very well. The flavor is grapefruit and a generous amount of bready malt and a bit of toffee. Rich mouthfeel, sweet in the front with a crisp bitterness that turns to a warming-floral malty finish. Sticky with a light carbonation that makes everything a bit smooth. A great brew with some great balance.
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 IPA’s I’ve 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.
ElGaucho (2116) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hoppy, floral, Old World aroma. Hazy, light gold in color. Small, off-white head that is almost fully diminishing. Sporadic carbonation. Not much head. High alcohol profile. Tastes a bit like DFH 90 minute. Lots of hops. Excellent. Great mouthfeel. Flavors are a bit confused at first, but this is a very well balanced brew with both ample hops and significant malt sweetness. Better than 3F’s Alpha King and DFH 60 minute in that department, both of which are dryer. A perfect blend. Outstanding; World class.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light orange-yellow with a scent that is screaming with hops. My neighbor three doors down heard the hops escape from the bottle. Very piney and grapefruit hop aroma. Flavor is mainly pine hop dominated with a lasting earthy hop bitterness. Much different than the typical IIPA and a welcome change in the hop profile. Alcohol is present but more complimentary to the bitterness than overpowering. I think this should be classified as an IPA; a little more malt sweetness up front would help. Otherwise this was exceptional.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OH WOW! the aroma leaped out at me. strong luscious pine that is so strong and wonderful it makes me shake a bit. pours a dark yellow that is on the verge of being whatever color is darker than yellow, i need a color wheel or something. taste is sweet, but the hops are there. grass and pine flavor. just a great ipa. finish is a dry pine hop. a slight burnt flavor is the only drawback, but it is growing on me too.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle thanks to TheBeerSommelier. pours and orange with a nice white head. big floral / citrus hop aromas. med to full body with a smooth citrus bitterness with orange peel and lemon notes. some caramel malts come through. light vanilla lingers. bitter finish with citrus notes lingers after.... excellent.
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.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I saw this at Riley’s, I almost knocked over a display as I jumped in excitement. And it did not disappoint. Aroma is hoppy, a mix of both floral and citrus tones. Some sweetness, too. Taste is hoppy, but not aggressively so. The bitterness is mellow and smooth, nothing insanely mouth-twisting, and I really like it. Body is very full, complimenting the smooth stylings. While being mellow, it is important to note that the flavor was never lacking, though there was no initial surge of flavor. The taste builds slowly, achieving a high point as the brew hits the back of your throat, and then it gradually fades.