tmoreau (2314) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Sampled on tap at Brixieís 75th anniversary beer tasting in Brookfield, IL., and again at Lunar Brewing Co.. Poured to a fluted fest glass, and later, a rock glass, an orange/ amber tone with a modest off white head and spotty lacing. The aroma was heavy citrus and resin smoothed by complementary malt. The flavor showed a good deal of malt sweetness, a touch of caramel, and strong, hop bitterness. Have always been a fan of the Mad Hatter, and now itís big brother.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from riversideak via Mys Swap 4 (big thanks!). Pours a hazy copper with an average off-whie head. Nose is strong toffee, grapefruit and pine. Taste is apricot, mandarin orange, pineapple on top of a strong toffeish malt backbone. Carbonation is just right, body is full....mouthfeel almost syrupy. This is in between an IIPA and a barleywine.
ben4321 (3800) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Normís, 8/11/09
Aroma: Citrus fruits, grapefruit, a bit of grass, some light caramel maltiness as well
Appearance: Clearish orange-copper color, fluffy off-white head, nice lacing
Flavor: I tasted a nice hop character up front (nice mix of citrus and pine hops), and some lingering malts (caramel, maybe a bit of biscuit) in the end palate, some balanced, but pretty hoppy
Palate: Nice mouthfeel, long duration, minimal alcohol burn, dry
I liked this beer a lot. A really solid example of a style I absolutely love. Found this one to be balanced enough for non super hopheads, but still hoppy enough for the hopheads to enjoy. Not the best IIPA out there, but something I would certainly drink again.
**Just submitted a Photo for this one as well, as it was missing one.
crackedmachine (469) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent orange-amber with a sizable light tan head. Assertive citrus and some piney hop aroma. Syrupy, with a strong malt flavor, which to me somewhat undermines the hop flavor. The alcohol flavor is a little too noticeable for my taste.
MrBunn (2454) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a transparent copper with a massive and fluffy head. Aromas of sweet citrus and tropical fruit-like hops come rushing at me from armís length and closer inspection donít reveal much more. In fact, the aromas seem to be stronger from further away... Flavor is sweet and alcoholy... almost a butterscotch flavor and lots of caramel, but then with a lot of alcohol and hops in the finish. This is pretty odd stuff... I donít know what the deal is, but the hops seem to be a tease and they are pretty hard to pick out over the malty sweetness. 12 ounces of this would be vastly superior to 22... Itís not awful, but that will be more than enough of it.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber into snifter. Clear copper body with a nice offwhite cream colored head thatís big and creamy and lacing. Aroma is nice and juicy and fresh: juicy citrus hops with a nice doughy cakey malt backbone. Very clean nice aroma. And, wow was I surprised with the flavor that followed. What happened here? A bit buttery, chemically, and just off. The hop profile is just weird and muted by the bizarrely off malt profile, or diactyl profile, or whatever is going on here. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall: just a tease. Probably won;t finish this one.
OldGrowth (2615) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from Samís Quikstop. Ok/good aroma, sweet & bitter, caramel & grapefruit & grass. Clean brownish orange color, ok head and lace on first pour, got better head and lace with a more vigorous pour the second time, Bitter sweet flavor, like aroma, harsh though. Lite body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. eh, nothing bad, but nothing making me rush out for another, neither aroma or flavor had any moments of fun for me, just an ok impy...
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours hazy amber in color with thin tan head. Aroma sweet and citrus hops. Taste bitter hops and malt with bitter finish.
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big hop aroma that strikes me as the grassy variety. The flavor is big sweet hops that are bitter but not too much and the hops are all citrus. This reminds me of my favorite DIPA - Hopslam - but just not quite as flavorful all around. Very good, though.
tennisjoel (1161) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grassy and grapefruit hop variety. Easy drinking for the style. The flavors donít come out and scream at you. Slight alcohol burn. Much better than the regular hatter. New Holland is a brewery that seems to do better with their higher gravity beers; this beer fits in that category.