rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damm! I want to know more about the rare Ding Ding hop. I heard it is grown somewhere in San Diego County. Massive hops up front. But not too massive. Just imagine a super hoppy beer that is well balanced and you have this beer. Gusler's right on the money with his description. This is an incredible beer that is a must for hop heads. One of my favorites at the Strong Ale Festival also. The high alcohol was not evident.
3fourths (8980) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Presented with a deep rusty red colored body and a decently sized fresh looking white head. The texture is pleasently smooth and has a creamy, frothy character that I find almost an requirement for me to enjoy a double IPA. Hoppy marachino cherries, pineapple and red apple flavores are produced from the hops used for this brew, and the thick and frothy nature of this hop monster sits very well on the back of the tongue. Overall it’s a very unique and delicious gem of an IPA - not spectacular - but still I like it since it avoids the unpleasent and harsh liquid nails texture I find so common in mediocre attempts at this style. Call me picky.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Last rated sampled at Falling rock during GABF 2005 (Me so Hoppy). Came to me looking clear amber with great carbonation. Aroma was big on spicy hops. Some minerals, light sweetness and citrus hop as well. Enjoyable. Powerful tasting! Pepper at first, which I must assume is the ultra spicy hop. There is sweet caramel malt and citrus hop that follows but Damn! You get some hop alcohol for a second (I was sweating there for a minute). It’s grassy fresh. It’s a kick in the pants. That pepper taste sticks around. Medium coating body. A bit oily. I’ve got to wonder if the 120 IPA I had prior did not affect this rating….
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
09.30.05 Tap at Falling Rock. Darker amber pour with sticky and lacy whtie head. Aroma of fresh peeled fiji apples, spruce, pineapple, resinous, and melts in to the flavor. Spicy and sticky brew oozes across the tongue depositing a lovely mix of seed fruits, grape skins, pineapple, citrus, and more woody hops. Attacks the palate front to back. Well done.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leafy orange blossoms, sapling wood in the nose. Clear, copper coloured body with decent, fine-bubbled, off-white head that lasts well and leaves some lace. Strong hop flavour has an orange, resinous, pine and fresh wood character and melds well with thick and biscuity, sweet caramel malts that offer a candy-like sweetness. There is an odd woody/rubbery undertone that I can’t quite pindown - phenolic perhaps. Creamy, thick, full body with soft but persistent carbonation. Alcohol never apparent in flavour or aroma with just a mild warming sensation in the throat. Hand bottled from a growler and enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful off-white foamy head covers the nice orange-copper hue. Weird perfumey nose with heavy coniferous nuances fighting a campfire alongside sweet red licorice maltiness. truly interesting and unexpected, the malts are rich and heavy, bubblegummy. Hops are big, floral, but tamed by the malts. As if it weren’t enough, it boasts licorice and cloves notes in mouth, bitterness is leafy drying out through a shallot like finish, earthy and yeasty. Barleywine-like I2PA. Medium-full bodied, very soft carbonation. Good stuff. Gracias Chris!
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Falling Rock during the GABF:
Coppery hue with a small but tight off-white frothy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of piney and resiny hops, grapefruit and orange zest, bready and pale malts and a hint of pepper. The taste starts citric and piney but has a big spicy and peppery character to it. Some sweet malt and sweet fruit undertone mellowed out the palate just a bit. The feel is sharp and crisp yet didn’t seem to overpower. A darn nice brew and worth the price. I enjoy it, Mikey Likey!
mrotert (1) - Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a big one and a great example of the elusive West Coast Double IPA. Very well balanced for a big beer like this. The aroma is all citrus and pine cones. You can smell this beer from 10 feet away. Its definitely big hops but has the malt backbone to back it up. Bagby wins again.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of hops and alcohol with a strange, perfumey sweetness. Flavor of hops, alcohol and again that strange, perfumey sweetness. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Ratman197 (12654) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear copper with an amber head. Aromas of oranges and carmel. Palate was medium bodied and a bit resiny but smooth. Flavors of bitter orange peel,and light carmel with a nice bitter finish.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur cuivrée aux reflets orangés. Unique et inhabituel arome d’eau de rose, de gomme baloune au melon et de bonbon parfumé. Houblons résineux, oranges amères ainsi qu’une touche de fumée viennent ensuite nous visiter. Assez complexe avec le houblonnage. Texture crémeuse, corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation piquante. L’alcool est relativement bien masqué considérant le taux présent quoique tout de même évident.