Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good for it’s style with lots of hops and balancing malt. A potent lacey mix with cloudy yellow and beige head. Hoppy "C" aroma. Some citrus, drying aftertaste.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Rerate: same piney sweet aroma, same appearance, taste is nice hop front with a Malty imperial red backing. When I have a bad day and need alcohol with hops this is a nice four pack to turn to. Mouthfeel is better than the last batch, but still not as full as I would like.
Pours with a frothy, off-white head covereing a clear, dark amber body. Some lacing. Strong, room filling aroma. Lots of pine, spruce, brown sugar, grapefruit and butterscotch. Taste starts off with a big hop buildup, similar to a DIPA, and then falls to a sort of amber ale maltyness towards the finish. Some noticable alcohol warming produced from this can. My biggest complaint with this beer is the mouthfeel/palate. My can produced a beer that is watery thin, which does not suit the the sort of heavy malt and hops or even alcohol that this beer hits your tastebuds with. It falls quite short in this cartegory, but otherwise is a great beer.
adnielsen (7596) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Light burnt orange appearance with a light white head. Pretty piney hoppy nose with an amber maltiness. Quite piney hoppy flavor with a quite sweet amber malty flavor. Fairly strong hops on the finish. Strong flavor but not all that impressive for a strong red ale.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) Dark amber, bit cola-like; slight head, lacey. Nose of pure caramel, bit of 'jap' (liquorice, sweet). And then there are hops. Bitter flavour as combination of liquorice, dark malts, coffee and hops. It might taste a bit lopsided, yet, with reflection, great balance. Well bodied. I get some corn, somewhere. Aftertaste is hops-dominated. A beer with its own kind of balance - I like that.
3fourths (7536) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Sampled from a can at RBSG. Darker than expected, clear, crisp brown and amber colored body. Rich, spicy hops, crisp, brash, rich, strong, husky hops, almost metallic. Moderately thick, quite rich, but tinny as well. Overall it’s a middle of the road DIPA.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Any first impressions?
-Convenient lacing is drawn by the ring of head atop the hazy reddish glow.
-Fruity maltiness rises to the nose, alongside potent leafy and citrusy C-hops.
-Berries aplenty thrive in this resinous hop grove.
-Soft effervescence is fitting, propelling all flavors in unison.
What if you dig deeper?
-Resinous hops give plenty of bitterness to satisfy the double IPA lover.
-The rich body and fruity, hop-inclined flavor profile seem to be a distant cousin of Bigfoot.
-Not your typical Double IPA at all; a well-malted, well-hopped strong ale which screams American Craft Brew Revolution.
-By the way, this was a superb accompaniment to végé-pâté on miche campagnarde.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s. Turbid deep coppery color with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy hops, caramel malt, slight cherry, and slight rauchiness. The flavor was very hoppy, but very well balanced by a huge malt bill, with notes of slight fruit and pepper. Dense, very complex palate. This is an outstanding beer.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Orangey amber body with a small frothy beige head. (3+) Surprising amount of hops in the aroma, green and earthy, leafy. (6+) flavour has a decent amount of bitterness. Something about the malt profile I do not care for, or perhaps its the combination of the caramel malt character with the hops. I know I have tasted something similar before but do not know where. Average palate. I had high hopes but this just did not do much for me - Bit disappointing. 6/3/6/3/13
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at the 12/18/04 Wisconsin gathering: Pours a murky ruby brown with a thick and well-lacing white head. Aroma is semi-sweet, earthy, and milk chocolatey with plenty of fresh US hops. Body has a dry corky flavor with decent hop presence and balance. This has a different malt billing than most double IPAs, but it seems to mesh together well. Thanks DavidP!
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huh. How did I miss rating this? Can from Market Street Wineshop Downtown Charlottesville. The following is my review from cvillebeergeek.blogspot.com
Appearance: Pours a dark, dark amber with a medium sized frothy head. The head doesn’t stick around but leaves a thick layer of lacing around the glass. This has the look of an imperial IPA. 4.0/5.0
Aroma: Big hop profile... mostly citrus but also some pine. Big hops, but not too assertive. Fairly well balanced. 3.5/5.0
Taste: The hops come through right up front. They have an assertive but soft character. This is balanced fairly well by a nice malty sweetness. I can’t detect any of the "canniness" that Chris fears so much. Still, there seems to be something missing. 3.5/5.0
Mouthfeel: The hops are strong, but not too sharp. That being said, if you’re not a fan of hoppy beers, this probably won’t be your cup of tea. Medium body with a sticky, oily texture. 4.0/5.0
Drinkability: The relatively high alcohol content is well hidden, and if you are a "hop head," this one goes down easy. That being said, this is not a beer for the uninitiated. The stickyness leads to a heavy, warm feeling in the belly after a while. 4.0/5.0
Overall: 3.70/5.00. This is a good beer, but not outstanding. That being said, it’s the best beer I’ve ever had out of a can. That being said, that’s not saying all that much. That being said, it’s still a mighty fine beer. It is a bit pricy. I can’t remember exactly, but I think I paid $3.69 for it at Market Street Wine Shop downtown.