WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Mad Hatter was insane because he ate paint chips or something? Anyway, the dude on the bottle is creepy! Pours a deep bright orange color with a foamy head and lively carbonation. Flavor is soft and somewhat toasty malts, mildly sweet and sugary, followed by an assertive but not overwhelming dose of hops. Hops are mildly citric. Finish is lingering and slightly dry. Medium bodied.
thedm (5617) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a typically carbonated slightly hazy orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was hoppy and musty. semi-thick crisp . The nice flavor contained notes of mild caramel floral and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
jpatrix (14) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dry hoppy Imperial IPA. The dry hopping comes through the grapefruit undertones. A clear orange amber pour with good lacing on the glass.
BroSpud (2042) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Purchased while travelling. Excellent DIPA! Nice creamy head and great flavor without an overwhelming alcohol taste despite the high abv. Up there with some of my favorites like Pliny or Dogfish 90. Well done.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber-colored, clear with a great head that clings to the glass. Citrus hops, some pine and herbal aromas, fruity esters a little pineapple. The palate is smooth and slick, lasting finish. Very drinkable. The flavor is filled with juicy hops, starting soft, but finishing dry and assertive. A really nice malt backbone to balance. This is a fantastic DIPA. Great balance. Hop-headís delight.
omhper (23327) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear dark amber, faint head. Concentrated spicy caramel aroma. Sweet, hugely caramelly with aggressive resiny bitter orange building up to an inky hugely bitter finish.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma:A nice sweet, mild, fruity aroma. There are kiwi and kumquat flavors, not grapefruit, but still citrusy.
Appearance:This amber colored beer is a fair amount darker than the original Mad Hatter. It has a small amount of lacing.
Taste:This is a quite potent beer. You get the alcohol burn, you get the massive hops in the foretaste. Itís pretty much straight bitterness without any tartness. This is a even, mellow bitter, thatís not super astringent. It doesnít have a bitter aftertaste either. The malts are also rather mild, but it sets a nice stage for this huge bitterness play. On subsequent tastes, I get more apricot notes with a lot of sweetness. The hop bitterness keeps sticking with you on the mid and aftertastes, not at all unpleasantly.
Palate:The carbonation is wonderful with small bubbles that foam up in my mouth, giving this beer a creamy aspect.
Overall:A fantastic example of an Imperial IPA.
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Touch of raisin and grapefruit...high level of boozy aroma coming off the head. The alcohol seems to overpower the initial taste. Yeah, itís an Imperial, but it seems to hit like a hammer a bit more than Iíd like.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Revolution. Pours a mostly clear gold/copper with lasting sticky head. Nose is robust American hops with a kiss of malt. Pine & citrus abound with a slight ethanol note. On taste, the body is quite thin and the alcohol comes through somewhat strongly. Clean bitterness that is propped up with a decent malt background, but the thinness with the alcohol bothers me. Okay.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper amber with a thin sandy head. Nose is resinous, piny, sweet malt, peanut shell, rich and resinous. Flavor is mildly astringent, piny, peanut shell, off, phenolic, bleh. Palate is no good, astringent.