PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Deep rusty copper/ orange color with clarity and a well retained tan head. Very nicely aromatic which is full of cascades and various sweet American hops. Some lemon cookies and citruses. The body/mouth feel is a bit lacking. There’s definitely lots of malt in the flavor though, giving it a slightly slick mouth feel. The hops are there yet don’t seem as robust as the aroma. Some what strange papery resin-ish finish. The flavors aren’t bad, but seem subdued or restrained somehow. Straight forward and still decent.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Deep amber with a thick tan head that diminishes to a thin coating rather quickly. Fruity aroma of oranges, pine, and cookies, but not quite as powerful as I expected. Moderate hop bitterness (pine, orange peels) in the flavor is accompanied by a nutty, bready sweetness. Good, but not mind-blowing.
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Ruby red pour with auburn highlights. The big rich fruity nose reminds me of a barleywine. A lot of hops in the flavor from beginning to end with fruit tones of cherry and ripe red grape in layers below. The finishing hops add an almost rose petal while the bittering hops completely obscure the 8.7% ABV. Very rich full flavor, but the body is only a medium-plus, so it’s not quite as "sticky" as the label indicates, but it does make it surprisingly refreshing for an American strong ale. On a side note, as the beer breathed, the nose and palate seemed to reverse - the nose becoming all hop, while the flavor became more fruity. This kept the beer complex and interesting through to the end.
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at fest : Sparkling amber,lasting beige head.Rich malt/hop nose.Huge malt profile, great long strong hop finish. Chewy and well balanced
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 (3944) - 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 (2881) - 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 (6136) - 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.