RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber with one and a helf finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a nice sheeting of lace.
Smell; piney hop resins with grapefruit and oranges shining through as well. Some nice caramel malt sweetness is present, with a very nice floral aroma floating around the fringes.
Taste; grapefruit and oranges dominate, but the pine is present right behind and there’s some other tropical fruits mixed in. Very hoppy, but not crushingly so. The malts do just enough to balance out the hops a little with some caramel and brown sugar. It’s a bit sweeter than I expected, but it seems to fit this beer very well.
Mouthfeel is fully bodied and oh so smooth and creamy. This is one of the smoothest beers that I’ve had in a while, and that only increases the drinkability for me. I picked this up at total wine and more is Sterling, Va and I’m glad I finally had a chance to try it. I just hope that I’ll have another chance to have this again.
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from mcbackus, thanks Matt! nose of piney citrusy hops; copper-orange with a medium beige head; flavor of piney hop bitterness and a bit of caramel sweetness, but not much. Medium body has a hoppy finish.
Aegrus (49) - USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Tullip. Orange-amber pour with creamy tan head. Very hoppy aroma with a hint of sweet malt. Pleasantly bitter, but lacking in complexity. Malty notes are accented by a medium-heavy mouth feel. Good.
jake65 (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Pours a clear copper color with a large, frothy white head. Nice thick lacing. Nose is very intense of citrus and piney hops. Big grapefruit presence. Taste is more or less an assault of hops with more citrus, floral, and piney hops taste. Nice finish is dry and lingering with hops bitters. A slight sweetness is there to balance the large hops presence. This is very well done.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Delicious. Amber orange color, Great piney aroma. Tastes of malt, some bitterness but not at all overwhelming. A very well balanced imperial IPA. Enjoyed it very much. Thanks Jason.
PorterPounder (5697) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors, 12 oz can. Dark copper - orangish pour with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves good sticky lacing. Very fresh sprucey aroma with hints of maple syrup. Fruity, juicy flavor with some requisite grapefruity citrusy notes and so much more. Pick up hints of nectarines, apricots, caramel and brown sugar. Extremely thick and creamy mouthfeel. High ABV hidden well in the flavor. Been a while since I gave a rating this high - well deserved.
Aurelius (4365) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big fresh western hop aroma. Slightly foggy tea color, big persistant bone colored head that hangs onto the side of the glass like a vanilla milkshake. Deftly balanced - lots of hops, chalky body, light roast, moderately sweet, pear esters. Finishes with a bitter milkiness and roast. Very good. Market Square.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite piney hops. The hops don’t overpower it though, as the flavor is very smooth and rich with a hint of fruit cocktail on the finish.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can sampled with Beerded_one. Pours hazy orange/deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus, slight caramel, and hops. The flavor is caramel, citrus, with a bitter undertone, finishindg dry. Very nice.
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Firey amber pour with a lovely staying layer of foam. Rich pine resin aroma with touches of orange peel, maple syrup. Subtle but not subdued in flavor. A hint of aluminum fades into a massive woody bitterness, not exaggerated but rustic and real. Dried peaches hidden beneath crunchy malt cereal lend momentary brightness before a lightning flash of strawberries toward the end. Full, lengthy and toasty single malt finish. Truly intelligent - an impressive example of balance and complexity. Thanks John!