jtclockwork (13279) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Yanick for first dinner of 2013. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose of citrus, peach, caramel malt and light resin/pine. Taste is caramel malt forward with citrus rind and resin/pine. Finishes dry resin. Medium body.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Imperial India Pale Ale
Date: November 19, 2012
Source: Mail Order, Let’s Pour
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, touch of pine, peppery, sweet citrus, grapefruit
Flavor: sweet citrus flavor, crystal sweetness, fruity, bitter citrus rind, touch of peppery pine
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Ferris (10792) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Earthy hops, pine, grapefruit and nice malts to balance. Clear dark amber with thick white head. Rich pine, orange peel, resin and a smooth bitterness that lasts well pas the finish. Lives up to the "imperial’ standard, and definitely a beer to wreck your palate.
Sammy (10681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As if three different beers. The first and third a hop forward attack on the palate, with the middle drinking (immediately after some food relief) a wonderful orange and grapefruit citrus combo. Very good orange and grapefruit aromas. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Light orange with s ome lasting head. Recent NJ trip.
unclemike (2837) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amurky orange color with a fizzy/creamy off white head. Aroma of pine, American hops, light alcohol, herbal, orange and caramel. Flavor of a load of American hops, caramel, pine, toffee, orange and a lot of hop bitterness
bigguns22 (759) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet pink grapefruit that is the best thing I can think of to tell the story of this beer. Aroma is citrus and hops. Body is great silky and soft with a everlasting bitter and peppery finsh. A very good beer and a must try for the hop heads.
kaser (5235) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber. Dark orange cloudy with lacing head. Sweet and citrus aroma. Smooth bitter taste. Pine and raisin backbone. Hoppy and delicious.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Grapefruit and pine. Bitterness throughout. Caramel sweetness in background. Resiny. Solid sweet and bitter finish. Tasty.
Brigadier (3485) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle
This was from a trade and drunk fairly fresh. I thought it was good for an unknown West Coast brewery - at least solid enough that I would not turn down other releases in the future.
Aroma / Appearance - The mandarin orange body was warm and glowed. The head though was a bit lifeless. Oranges, melons, and mild grapefruit were the typical aspects of an imperial IPA that has not gone stale. It was not assertive compared to others but got the job done.
Flavor / Palate - Bitter grapefruit hangs in the mouth and back of the throat. The oak residue clings like icy sheets in the palate. The hops are strongest in the finish where they begin to build to a bitter crescendo. Other than some vegetetal aspects this is well done.
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tacoma Boys. Clear orange-gold pour with a moderate white head leaving moderate lace and only decent retention. Nose is pine resin and weed, with some sulphur notes. Medium-plus body and moderate carbonation. Pine, ganja, some ethanol bitterness and burn, surprisingly little malt character – just some caramel sweetness. Finish is medium, with more weed and pine and some finishing sucrose sweetness. Other than the sulphur in the nose, which may be a problem with this particular bottle, this is a decent West Coast IIPA which lies very much on the pine/weed side of the hop scale and whose malt underbody lacks some complexity.