jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. can at RBSG ’06. Clear copper color with a good sized off white head. Nice piney hop aroma along with some citrus and a bit of biscuity malts. Citrus hops are out front in the flavor, with some pine, toasted malts and a bit of caramel. When are we going to get this in NJ?
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh my, I think there is a little more hype behind this beer, but then I have only tried it on tap now. I am going to have to re-rate this for the (750 ml) and (canned). Nice floral fragrant hop aroma, some citrus fruit and just a bit of resiny funk. Lots of tempting acidity on the palate, a bit unbalanced, the hops are clearly the star here, but a lighter than usual malt character. Lots of fruit in the flavor keep it interesting, but otherwise, a somewhat unexciting beer.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can thanks to Santa. Wonderul looking brew. lots of head, copper color. The way the carbonation fed the head during the pour was great. Aromas were very sweet, floral hops. Citrus, peach, pineapple. Flavors were still nice and malty with a very nice hop bitterness on the finish. Awesome stuff.
ender (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh man. I still cant get this in NM. But Dale at Oskar Blues sent me some to try. Cheers. This stuff is sooo good. Somwhere inbetween the Hercules from GD and the Maharaja from Avery. Not quite as big as the Maharaja...but its close..REALLY close...and in a freakin can! Everything you’d expect from a doulbe IPA. Very hoppy...very malty...VERY good. Definetly highly recomended.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at brewery. nice dark copper pour. thick head with nice lacing. great hops and grapefruit aroma. same taste. bitter, dry finish. very nice.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark mahogany body with a thick lasting head. Nose-big clean sticky nose rich with a lot of hops. Very grassy nose. Taste-not nearly as over the top as the nose would make you think. Rather thin mouthfeel with some roastiness. I am just surprised by how more low key the flavor is versus the nose. An enjoyable IPA, but it does not have the stones to be called an IIPA.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled both can and draft while in CO:
12 oz. Can: Ruby red pour with a creamy head that quickly forms a ring around the tulip. Nice balance of floral (rose petals) and citrusy (orange, grapefruit) hops in the nose. Rubbing alcohol as well unfortunately. Big mouthfeel - softly carbed and a bit on the mushy side. Lots of great malt profile - toffee and caramel - but everything seems to collapse on itself for some reason. Finishes really sweet and warm with alcohol. As the previous poster noted - not as crisp as I had hoped. Although soggy and clunky, it is still enjoyable.
Draft @ Brewpub: Less head retention, less carbonation and more mushy body. Definitely prefer the can.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can via CaptainCougar. Pours to a clear dark amber body with a thick and lasting tan head. Rocky with awesome lacing. The aroma is juicy peaches, apricots, dried papaya and mangoes. The flavor is sorta hoppy but also extremely malty. Caramel and honey with sweet nectarines. Really sweet non-bitter flavor. Doesn’t really taste like an IIPA. Too sweet and not hoppy/bitter enough. Nice medium palate. 9.2% is nicely hidden. Not as crisp as I hoped.
Nate (3451) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Mad Mex, Monroeville. Wonderful aroma of apricots and orange blossom honey, papaya and pine resin. Smooth and sweet nose with light candy sugar. This aroma makes me smile. Iced tea clear, amber-brown with thin off-white foamy lacing head. Medium watery body with medium-soft carbonation. Smooth, with some alcohol warming. This is like drinking hoppy carbonated apricot nectar. Delicious. Well rounded and not bitter in a harsh way. Has fruity complexity throughout and finished with a nice mellow bitterness that’s not overpowering. A really mellow, enjoyable double IPA.
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper appearance with comfortable off-white head. Nose is filled with flowers and citrus, especially orange peel and grapefruit. Hints of wood, maltiness, but not a lot. The flavor is modestly sweet orange and less modestly bitter grapefruit. Notes of pine and caramel. Full body and slightly sticky. Moderate finish. Thought this displayed a nice balance between sweet and bitter.