egajdzis (5893) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, citrus fruits, with some sweet caramel malts balancing that out. Taste of citrus fruits, pine, caramel malts, tobacco, and a bitter grapefruit finish, with some alcohol backing up the bitter hops. As with all IIPAs, this one is better fresh!
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Oskar Blues. Cloudy dark amber colored pour with a small creamy looking off-white head. Great hoppy nose - a lot of grapefruit. Smooth and refreshing mouthfeel, prefect amount of carbonation for the style. Awesome grapefriut hop flavor, not too sweet like a lot of beers this strong.
shadey (2054) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to jimbowood for the trade. Maybe I should have left this can sit a while after opening the trade box. The can burst open and squirted everywhere as soon as I touched the tab. The beer flooded into my snifter and nearly overflowed. The pour is a muddy brownish red. The head is big from the pour but it is now a creamy layer of lace and chunks. I’m not sure of the aroma. I remember Dale’s being hoppier than this. Although the bigger malt is more evident. The flavor is very smooth and well blended. The hops and malts couldn’t be much more balanced and smooth, but that isn’t really what I was hoping for. I guess I was expecting a lot more hops presence after drinking Dales with all the sharp hops. Lucky for me I have three more of these; maybe it will change my mind.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy copper, thinnish tan head. Nose is caramel, pine, fruit (mostly orange), brown sugar, malt. Flavor is caramel, piney orangey hops. A hint of lemon in a very bitter finish. Body is a bit thin.
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy nose! Color is deep amber with reddish hue. The flavor is hoppy with a nice bitter quality. Somewhat dry with a nice balance of malt and a touch of fruit. Caramel isn’t overbearing and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. The can given to me is a variation of the can pictured and is rated 8.7%ABV
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pour is amber is a large, solid white head. A bunch of lacing, a very nice looking pour. Aroma is pine and sweetness, baker’s cocoa maybe. Initial taste is strong hops, though balanced nicely with malt. The sweetness remains in the taste, though more caramel now. Finish is bright and clean. No trace of alcohol in this one. Great beer all around, tough at $5 a can, certainly not an everyday beer.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome pine aroma. Nice looking beer, too--smooth and creamy head with good lacing. Goes down exceptionally smooth for 90 IBUs and 9.2% ABV. Is comparable to a strong pale ale.
pineypower (2974) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great beer from a can. Had to pour a little just to see the beer, but drank the rest from the can. Light copper body with a nice white head. Floral hops on the nose, slight sweet malts. Big hop taste balanced nicely with some caramel and fruit. Very well balanced.
Nejhleader (1415) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at mcgraths pub. Very similiar to a stronger IIPA, decent body, little thick. Sweet Hoppy aroma, Flavour is dominated by Fruity Hops with a bit of spice, pretty decent.
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. A deep copper pour with a smallish light-tan head. Pretty bubbly. A decent amount of both hops and caramel in the well-balanced nose. Goes down pretty smooth with just as much balance. Some nice caramel and hints of apple juice upfront followed by bitter hoppy notes at the end. Some musty, funkiness in the middle. Pretty good, but 3 bucks and some change for a 12 oz. can is ridiculous. My can says 8.7% ABV and doesn’t look as cool as the one pictured either.