fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pillowy tan head. Beautiful caramel coloring. Nice mild citrus malt nose. Flavor is a nice dry grapefruit mellowed by caramel malt. There isn’t a sharp bite to this IPA instead it is subtle kind of English in a way. Expansive flavor.
JohnnyJ (4395) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 can. Pours a clear dark gold with an offwhite head and good lacing. Caramel, piney hops, and citrus aroma. Very smooth flavor of caramel malt, floral notes, critrus, and piney hops. Probably one of the smoothest and easiest to drink IIPA’s that I’ve had. Best beer in a can.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This canned brew from Captain Cougar poured a head of foamy tan colored bubbles that was long lasting and left behind a hazy brown colored body with floating yeast chunks and a fair lacing. The aroma was of caramel hops. The smooth mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of very mild hops and a good amount of caramel. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again. I down graded it a bit as it was not like any IPA I had ever had. Too sfot and was missin g the typical hop content. Still it was very very good.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Brewery: Aroma was very hoppy with scents of pine, herbs, and resin. No malt aroma. Poured amber in color. Good, off-white head. Great lacing. Clear and sparkling. Flavor = hops! Tastes of pine. Heavily bitter with a long bitter finish. Well balanced. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Great double IPA. Very fresh.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Pours Deep amber with clarity and noticable effervescence; head is mostly full, off-white, pillowy, and lasts well with some lacing. Nose is nice, certainly grapefruit citrus up front with piney hops and orange peel there too, and a faint malty-caramelly note. Flavor is somewhat simple (for an imperial) but the flavors really ’cooperate’ nicely. Piney hops prickle the tongue at first with citrus hops dominating later all with a freshness to them. The malt back bone really compliments the hops and their moderately high bitterness, with mostly a caramel sweetness and some toasty biscuits and a note of apricots. Palate is medium in body with a creamy texture and is betwen soft and lively after the initial ’prickle.’ Finish is fairly long and mostly bitter with some caramelly sweetness sticking around and the alcohol making itself known, but not really in a bad way. This is one of the simpler imperials I’ve had, but everything worked so well together and it was incredibly drinkable. Coming from someone who is not a hop-head, this was incredibly refreshing. Oskar blues has shown me nothing but excellent beer.
After aging one year... Less aggressive but with plenty of hop character still. The apricot note is more apparent, the pine notes are more resinous, and the hop character is less "fresh" but still attractive. This one has not really gained in complexity but is still quite pleasant as a underhopped IIPA.
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ok an IIPA in a can.. i"ve now scene it all.. oh and it’s good too.
Dk golden color nice tan head decent lacing. Nice hopped aroma reminds me of terrapin rye squared a bit but not quite as nice. Citrus and a good amount of malt. full creamy well coated palate. Nice grass & grapefruit dominated by sweet carmels yet finishes dry. Very good.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Brewgrass Fest. DIPAs usually aren’t my thing, but this one kicks some serious butt! Huge Amarillo hop aroma that just won’t quit. The flavor still showcases the hops, while garnishing with some maltiness to back it up. Definately a "bigg’en" but not punishingly bitter.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper in color with a nice fluffy white head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Citrusy pine notes. Malty and hoppy flavor. Apricot notes. Sticky and sweet finish. Medium bodied. Very nice. Enjoyable.
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper, nice beige head. Big hoppy, resiny aroma. Nice fresh hoppy. flowery flavor dominates at first, soon followed by a smooth creamy malt backbone. Very sticky, resiny finish. Sampled at Asheville Brewgrass 2006.
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours beautiful dark amber color with a big, totally retained head. Aroma is nicely hoppy with some burnt sugar. Flavor is strongly citric with an equally strong smoked malt flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit uneven. Good albeit unique Double IPA.