eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried from both draft and can today. Pours a copper-amber color with a very generous head. Lacing is about as good as it gets for an imperial ipa. The aroma was grapefruits and pine, light floral. The flavor followed suit, some resinous overtones that seemed to come out more in the aftertaste. With increasing temperatures, the malts got a little too strong, somewhat sweet and fruity, oranges and other light fruits and melons mixed in there. The mouthfeel was the main distinguishable difference between the tap and can, little creamier from the can (almost nitrogen-like), yet on par for the style from both. A nice but not excellent dIPA.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
can: pours a wonderful red chestnut coour with a small white head. aroma is hoppy citrus and pine. some nice sweet malt also. flavour is a creamy hop flavour that is earthy and sweet. finishes a nice bitter. pretty well balanced IMO. very good glad to have it available.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can. Awesome. Pours a beautiful ruby color with a soapy white head and some sediment. Impressive lacing. Smells creamy, grassy, maybe some grapefruit, hoppy, sweet, unique. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth, hoppy, bitter taste. Piney and sweet. Afterwards when I burp it tastes like mad grapefruit. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully on this. This is a solid, overpriced beer. I’ll probably buy this again but sparingly, if only for the price.
vyvvy (4000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Beerdrenched for sharing this beer. Pours clear bonze with a tan head. The aroma is woody, earthy and green pine with bits of butteriness. Medium / full body with a small amount of carbonation. The taste starts with caramel malt and some woody hops. The finish has some cardboard and woody hops and butterscotch. This was alright - the good parts were quite good, the bad parts really took away from things. It seems like this has some age on it, I would love to try this fresh.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a big beer. I thought the hops came through aloing with the alchohol. It packed a punch but also had some subtleness that really came through the beer. Nice job.
mkgrenwel (570) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First impression is: where’s the hops? Slick and smooth mouthfeel, but really lacking in something. Just doesn’t have the hops I expected. That same soapy malt flavor that the Dale’s has. Comes off a bit flat. No alcohol whatsoever. No bitterness. Tastes like an amber. Rich caramel malt. A little spicy, floral hops. None of the sharp hop flavor I get from cascades; completely smoothed out by the malt. Incredibly easy drinking and tasty, but lacking the hops I wanted in a 9% imperial.
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can. Why a can? I heard good things about this, but it really fell short of my expectations. The nose was good, with abundant fresh hops and grapefruit rind. The head was large and "dry;" it kind of floated atop the beer itself and moved around independently of it. Flavor was hoppy, kind of grassy, with a weird maltiness with dark fruits that I did not particularly enjoy within this style. The beer seemed to go flat towards the end of the glass too. Not great.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Can!-pours a clear orange color w/a moderate white head. Definite hop aroma, reminds you of an IPA. Moderate floral hop flavor, but it’s not overpowering. Had some pine & citrus overtones, w/a little bit of dates & figs. I thought this was an IPA, reminded me of a moderate one. Pretty good stuff. Long spicy finish
JK (4476) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 A very good pale ale. Huge hop aroma and assertive but one dimensional hop flavor. I had no idea the alcohol was so high. Very drinkable.
rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong spruce hop aroma. Hazy orange color with a medium lasting head. Not that much hop bit to the taste. Slight alcohol comes through in the finish. No bite from the alcohol.