IMtheOptimator (1162) - 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 (2940) - 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.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, sent to me all the way across the pond by Alaskanwarren. Thanks bro! Copper red with a lusciously sticky and persistant beige cap of foam. Huge wet green hop aroma. Herbal and jasmine sort of hop character. Pungent green hop flavor--not harsh, but very, very full. The jasmine in the aroma is definately there in the flavor too, which seems like a really unusual flavor component for an IIPA. Flavor moves from almost overwhelming hops to a tanic nip to a soft sweetness, to a long lingering tongue coating bitterness. Ah hops, I have missed you. Hold me in your leafy arms.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can that I have wanted to try for a long time, and fortunatly Sean was able to grab this one on one of his trips. Pours out with a big smooth nice slow head, all of which describe sean’s abilities. Smell is hoppy, grassy, some pine notes and a touch of alcohol. Taste is smooth and rich and somewhat metallic at first, but that subsides pretty quickly. This was a good beer from a seemingly good brewery. I wish I could buy this near charlotte.. would be good to have a can or 2 around.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Duane shared a can of this with me, thanks! Very cloudy copper orange color. Citrusy and somewhat sugary aroma. Very citrusy hoppy flavor. For 90 IBUs this was very smooth and easy drinking while still having a nice hoppy kick to it.
emacgee (4360) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of brewblackhole. Nice color, reddish amber and you can’t see through it. The head was there, not really thing per se (like an impy. stout or barley wine), just not really thick. The aroma is nice, piney and spicy hop, definitely smell bitterness, some malty sweetness. Wonderfully balanced aroma. However, I’ve recently had several beers that let me down with taste after putting up a wonderful aroma so we’ll see. Ok, tastes like a powerful IPA, makes sense, definitely bitter and dry, but it has a sweet fruit background to it thats appreciable. I rarely like something that is bitter to be bitter and the fact that this does something else makes me appreciate it. The palate was actually pretty harsh at first, waxy and attackingly bitter, but as you drink more it mellows out. The finish follows suite, bitter and a tad bit warm, this is the only area the supposed 9.2% comes in. I’m not an IPA/bitter fan but I can’t help myself from rating this fairly well, so good job Oskar Blues.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received through trade with brewblackhole. The color was an amber color with a thin, off white head. The aroma was amazing. There was a very strong fruit smell. It reminded me of peach cobbler with the prominent peach and spice smell. I didn’t smell much hops considering that this beer is a double IPA. The flavor was a nice tart apricot flavor with bitter hops. The palate was thin and carbonated. The finish was bitter and sour.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can!!! Pours copper/amber. Nice aroma of cutrusy-pineapple, sticky, resiny hops. Also some sweet caramel malts. Flavor is strong bitter grapefruit, citrus, biting hops, again a nice sweet malty balance, and a wonderful alcohol warming finish.
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a copper-orange. The glass is a cloudy hop-haze. Full powered hops on the first sip followed by a warming alcohol coating. What a brilliant colored beer and complex balance. Definitely worth the $. Cheers Gordo!
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured big off-white head which retained and laced well. nose was yeasty, raisin malty, with some floral earthy hops. taste was pretty much the same a little sweet and not hoppy enough.