beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a murky orange with a thin white top. Nose is caramel and pine. Taste follows nose with notes of citrus. Nice bitter finish.
JohnGalt1 (441) - , Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found this at Bottleworks over the weekend and shared it with COOP Matt tonight..
Pours a dark golden with a nice white head that shows sheets of lacing.
Nose is tropical fruitiness and hints of pine... Not nearly as hoppy as I would hope for a DIPA...
Flavor has hints of EtOH... the bitterness shows mainly on the finish... The hops are again tropical/pineapple, but they are still pretty light.
Body seems a bit heavy without enough carbonation...
I had REALLY high hopes for this one after talking to the fella at Bottleworks... but it was a huge letdown... Decent, but I would never buy again without knowing there was a BIG reworking of the recipe.
douglas88 (5789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A light nose of tangerine and lemon. Smooth rich, resin some lemon and oranges, low bitterness. Very smooth and nice.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
21-Jul-13 (22-oz bottle: Free sample bottle for stewarding the 2012 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA)
This beer pours a very hazy, orange body with almost an inch of light-tan head that settles to a wide ring and thin sheet, leaving ringed and patchy lacing on the glass. The highly aromatic nose is a nice balance of piney, orange-citrusy, and tea-like hops and medium-sweet, caramely malt. Similar balance and flavors on the palate, with the malt setting a fairly sweet and very caramely base while the hops have flavors of sweet tea, pine, and sweet, green, leafy herbs, with lingering, moderate bitterness. The beer is full bodied, medium in carbonation, and bordering on being cloying, but that aspect is saved by the lingering bitterness. Overall, though, this is a bit too sweet, even for an Imperial IPA. It’s enjoyable, but because of the sweetness, there’s no way I could drink the entire bomber.
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Amber with two finger head. Big piney hops and medium level of malt. Good imperial IPA, but not anything particularly special.
Ed5388 (1972) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Pours a deep copper color with two fingers of white head. Nice aroma of citrus hops, and some biscuit malt. Taste follows nose with citrus and pine up front, a nice malty backbone, and a long bitter finish.
StaleBeer (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice earthy aroma. Sweet malty taste upfront with a slight bitter back end. Good amber color. Nice IPA.
Berta4519 (26) - New York, USA - MAY 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was pleasantly surprised. Brewed with honey? Fresh juicy fruit back bone. Really enjoyed it
mikedR (1073) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice old school West Coast (D)IPA. Strong hop aroma with deep copper pour. Good mouthfeel, but the name of the game here is hops. Strong grapefruit taste, with perhaps some pine -- and bitterness bitterness bitterness! This is a hophead's delight of a beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Mattrad (3) - - APR 5, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Imperial by Old School House is a really good beer. I have found that the taste does change throughout the year which is expected but when its good its really good. This beer is best when you drink it in Winthrop.
For a 9%er it is really well balance. It does lean toward your Washington style Imperials with its earthy finish.