jrob21 (2282) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown color with a quickly dissipating white head. Mine is a 12 oz can as well. Ahhhh the smell of hops. You can tell in this beer it is a cousin of the weed. I haven’t smelled that aroma since I was in college. Tastes of apple and pear with a nice hoppy profile. Finish is a little bitter. All in all this one is a keeper.
Hangover (1017) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can... the sign at greens says limited, but this site says it’s offered all year long? Nice dark copper pour with a huge head that leaves a nice foamy lacing. A boquet of floral and piney hops in the aroma. Initially a thick resinous malty taste, which fades into the wonderfully balanced hops. Full bodied with a very silky mouthfeel. Medium bitter finish. This has to be one of the easiest drinking doubles I’ve had to date... the hops are not overwhelming, the malt holds its own through the entire drink, no hit of alcohol... very close to my idea of a perfect hopped up beer.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on-tap at the brewery. Beer poured a clear, medium amber-brown color with an average-sized, creamy, off-white, mostly lasting head that leaves behind a pretty lacing. The aroma is heavily hoppy with massive notes of herbs, grapefruit, sweet and juicy apricot, resin / pine; a light yeasty note of cellar with a cool note of black tea tucked somewhere in the back. The flavor is lightly sweet and moderately hoppy with a long, lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish with light smoke retronasal note. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft. The palate is one of those exceptional ones that lifts everything else about the beer onto a higher plane.
Ratman197 (8828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear garnet with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine, and some earthiness with a hint of citrus. Palate was medium bodied, dry and slightly resiny. Flavors of toffee, mild licorice,pine and some earthiness with a lingering, dry, bitter finish.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THIS IS THE BEST BEER YOULL EVER DRINK OUT OF A CAN!!! a friend i met in boulder advised me to try a can of this when in liquormart. i bought a 4 pack for a whopping $10. didnt think much more about until yesterday when i have my daily beer with my dinner. saw the shiny silver cans and said let’s try one of these mothers. popped the top, caramel brown color with a bubbly nice tan head. unlike oakes i had a big nose of grassy hops right off the get go. pine, spruce, earthen. over the lips and i almost fell on the floor , fuckn good ass nectar. very full bodied and rich on the palate, balanced perfection of nice pine fresh cascade hops popping all over the place . fresh peaches and slight grapefruit. well balanced malt backbone no alcohol taste even as the beer warms. very good brew. listed as imperial ipa...and probably should be, the can says nothing but ipa? get some, can beer never tasted so good.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2011 As G’Night: cloudy amber. Vibrant with a fairly rich head. The aroma is floral and lightly fruity with some chewy caramel in the background. Some chewy crystal and biscuity malts along with floral, sweet hops with slight tropical fruit accents. Nice brew.
As Gordon: Deep golden amber, rich head. Woody, piney nose. I can safely say that cold this beer has little nose but once it warms up the aroma just jumps out of the glass. Caramel and crystal malts lead, followed by mangoes, mandarins and grapefruits. Again, infinitely more expressive at cellar temperature. A bit mild for the style - I like that - very well balanced and drinkable like it’s little brother Dale’s. Imperial IPA in a can...nice one. Just don’t put it in the fridge. 7-4-8-4-14 = 4.0
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. can, flavor is great...amazing pine and floral hops hit you in the face. Nice head with decent lacing the whole way through. The taste initialy is one big DIPA...malt and hops etc...but is followed by a strangely tame finish. I was expecting some bitterness or burn from the alcohol but it never came...not sure the alcohol is right. NOTE: this is the third version of this beer I’ve tasted. I’ve had it once at the brewery, brought home a growler, once at a strong ale fest and now in the can. Every time it’s been different (but good) beer. My favorite version was the one at the brewery 2003/bottle 2004.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can. This should really be a new beer because it is. It is nothing like the old Gordon in the bottle. Anyway, on to the rating. Pours a deep orange/red hue with big off-white head. The aroma has pine, citrusy, and grassy hops. Some malt in the background. The taste is hops up front, then bready malt, followed by a lingering malty bitterness. A fine, drinkable IIPA. Much better than it used to be. I think the alcohol level is lower too.
Beaver (1199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can. Pours a reddish amber with a frothy off-white head that quickly diminished to a thin film that leaves some lacing. It’s darker than expected.
The aroma is spicy piney, citrusy hops. Yum!
The flavor is sweet doughy caramel malts and citrus hops. It has a decent bitter aftertaste, but it is mellower than I expected from a DIPA. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a good amount of carbonation, but a little watery. The watery mouthfeel kind of washes out the flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Overall it’s a fine (if somewhat mellow) DIPA. It’s nicely balanced, but I would prefer a little more hops. It’s similar to the Dale’s, but I think Dale’s has more bitterness and flavor. It’s a tad pricy ($10 for 4), so I think Dale’s is the much better value.
BeerandBlues2 (8984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 Can, re-rate on 4/10/11. Pours clear amber with a large, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, biscuit), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach, pineapple, and alcohol. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, biscuit), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach, pineapple, and alcohol. Full body, high warmth and carbonation with a dry and biting finish.