FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Dark orange with a medium sized rocky white head. Candied citrus and ruddy floral hop aromatics with tinges of buttery malt underneath. Metallic citric hop character up front, mildly toasty malt follows with a deeper pine hop flavor. Stale caramel in the finish with some residual toastiness and a lingering earthen hop bitterness and astringency. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly dry.
AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
can. Poured with a thick frothy head. A fine film remained with a thick edge that stuck to the glass. Lacing was heavy, but thinned as beer warmed. Very attractive color, burnt amber. Strong notes of apricot, with light alcohol and maple wood. Considering the nose to this beer, the taste was surprisingly light. Tasted heavily of hopps with under tones of pine. Felt like heaven in my mouth. Thick and creamy with a wonderfully dry finish. Super Beer!
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another canned beer from Oskar Blues! This one just recently got to the area. I am glad they decided to start canning another beer and not make it a seasonal. Pours a clear dark amber with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of citrus, pine, grapefruit, and cookie malts. The aroma is absolutely fantastic! Flavor is citrus, oranges, pine, and an ending sweetness brought on by the cookie malts. The flavor ends pretty easy on the palate with no big taste of the alcohol or bitterness. The bitterness is more dominant at the first hit of the tongue and balances out nicely. Another great beer from Oskar Blues!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate brown, half inch of tan head, and hops up one side and down the other. Roasty toasty, and bitter enought to make a hophead smile. Complex and tasty.
Somewhere between a stout and a barleywine. Medium body, soft carbonation, and pine hops in the aftertaste all day long.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours deep brown with steady thin white head. Aroma is fantastic. Extremely sweet and hoppy. Candied citrus. Open smooth and settles into a wet bitterness with light carbonation. Perfect thickness. Taste is citrusy hops, bitter like an orange peel, but balanced by the sweetness. Not too complex, but superbly drinkable. Probably the most drinkable 2IPA i’ve ever had.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. thanks to jimbowood for this. pours a clear dark amber with fluffy white head. nose is a very aggressive PNW hops with mainly pine and grapefruit. flavor is clearly not bitter enough, and the hop flavor comes off pretty weak with floral and peach notes, malt flavor is caramelly and biscuit. mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery, but alcohol is very well hidden. a tasty beer but nothing special.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice cloudy amber with a thin white head. Nice grapefruit aroma, even right out of the fridge, with a hint of pine. Flavor is more of the same
Arayaga2 (1818) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Foamy tan head on a nice dark copper colored beer. Aroma is sweet and floral. Taste is only a bit sweet and oddly roasty with quite a hop array to round it off. Not what I was expecting from an IIPA. $3.50/12oz
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy golden amber with a white head. Strong and pleasant pine and grass hop aroma. Flavor is somewhat bland, especially when compared to the aroma. Subdued pine and grass hops compete with a strong sweet yeastiness. The hops lose out in this battle, leaving an underwhelming experience in their wake.
NachlamSie (2830) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CAN!! Muenster, you da man!! The pour is a bit red and fairly thick with a really nice looking head. The nose is not as much of a bitter onslaught as I’d hope for, but it is certainly tasteful in its hoppy glory. Plenty of fresh, grassy scents and thick caramel are present along with citrus and faint cigar smoke. The malty foundation in this almost, almost, hints at a scotch ale with a bit of tobacco and earth. But, that’s easily overlooked with the robust caramel and tangy grapefruit and pine flavors. Body is sticky to balance out the acidity. I guess since Dale’s Pale is so aggressive for the style, I was expecting this one to be wayyyy over the top, but it is rather a very accessible, full, delicious IIPA. I’m impressed.