5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: Fiery caramel, moderate beige head, foamy, very nice lacing.   Caramel malt nose, bready, slightly earthy with some citrus peel bringing up the rear.   Whole wheat start, lots of citrus rind and tea leaf.   Big malt chewiness, with an earthy finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Hop bitterness is moreso sweet than bitter.   Clean, a bit more earthy than what I like, but pretty damn tasty.   Thanks to Larry for the can, and mattbob for a year old bottle.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer friggin rocked...and it was in a can. It was like the most mellow friggin IPA ever. Mind blowing really. Pour was thick syrupy and gold. Aroma a wondeful blend of hoplicousness and malt. Flavor is again a great mix of the piney hops and even more malt. Kind of like it was trying to become a barleywine. Anyways it was really tasty and was so damn smooth.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep brownish-golden body with a light tan head. Great hops in the aroma, some light malt accents as well. Very hoppy body, similar to the Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. Nice tangy ending.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Decent citrus hops aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with some citrus hops and grapefruiy in the end.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Can via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 target=blank>beeryum, thanks Dave!) Burnt orange with a small off- white head. Aroma of aromatic hops and some pine. Some fine and sloppy lacing. Mouthfeel quite smooth and full. Flavor is a bouquet of pleasantly fruity hops with a mildly bitter finish. Very tasty and mellow, none of the sharpness, overt sweetness or high alcohol apparency that I’ve found with some of the other big IPA’s. This is very easy drinking for a big beer. Would be my double IPA of choice so far.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruddy orange-red sediment-laden body, medium slowly dissipating cream head that leaves nice lacing. Big citrusy hops with a tropical fruit bouquet and underlying brown sugars and caramely, toasty malts. Citrusy, piney hops lend a fruity bitterness to the sugary, caramely, biscuity malt backbone. Very nice I2PA. Thanks jimbowood!
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 oz. can, I poured this beer into a standard 16 oz. pint glass. The beer came out very highly carbonated with a two to three finger tall head that prevented the emptying of the entire contents in on pour. The underlying body was reddish amber in color, which was a departure from standard issue DIPAs. There was also some yeast in suspended animation in the glass. The aroma was very mild for the style with a sweet toffee-ish nose and some spicy hops. The alcohol was also evident in a mildly fumy manner. Taste was little too sweet for what it was meant to be with the mildly bitter and earthy hops providing only a slight contrast. This beer had a pleasant caramelized and balanced taste, but much closer to a concentrated English Bitter in flavor profile than a bulked up American IPA. Nice toastiness and nutty flavors also reinforced the impression that this was off style by quite a bit. The cloyingly sticky and slick mouthfeel lacked the bright punch I so love in the real Western hop monsters built on pale malt base. Alcohol was also too detectable in the aftertaste. Enjoyable but flawed, and overpriced to boot. A decent beer, but not a good DIPA.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy copper, marvellous off-white head as only cans can make! Terrific OB malt identity, present from the beginning to the finish, actually so much that I lose the double IPA notion, but as an American strong ale, this is highly competent, showcasing expert bitterness development that balances toasted toffee maltiness. Not intensely aromatic in its hop dosage, it is certainly highly leafy, orangey, but finishes a bit short. Rounded medium body with superb support malt and excellent medium carbonation. A brewing class.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Dark amber pour small white head. Aroma is piney hops, grapefruit and caramel. Flavor is much the same sweet caramel, grapefruit and pine hops. A touch of chocolate in the background and sweet warming alcohol. Thick mouthfeel and a cloying caramel sweetness stays the whole time.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can via trade with Jimbowood - Thanks Jimbo! - First thoughts IIPA in a can now there’s a novelty.. Pours copper slightly cloudy with a short offwhite head that settled to a ring then laced the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of caramel malts and citrus and pine hops. Flavor is a very nice blend of caramel malts and citrus and pine hops. The balance is great on this one.. Very smooth palate crisp and clean without much carbonation and medium bodied with well hidden 9.2% alcohol. Dangerously easy to drink... Enjoyable!