argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany body topped by big beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pine, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel. Dry hopping apparent. Finish is bitter, but not overwhelming. Full body. Very nicely balanced.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-Rate 10/13/2004 What a beatiful pour, clear ruby with a towering tan head that slowly collapses into little foamy isalnds all the while leaving sheets of glass lacing in its wake. The aroma is pine and citrus with a good dose of malt. The flavor is quite hoppy, but is nicely balanced with a good amount of sweetr malts. The finish is a bit rough. Medium-full body. A nice beer, though to me no really an IIPA, more of an American Barley Wine, but a nice ebeer nonetheless.
6/13/2004 8/4/4/16 - 4.0 Huge tan head sits atop a rather dark ruby almost mahogany. The aroma is sweet with lots of citurs and a small amount of pine. The flavor is quite sweet and caramely along with the expected hop wallop. The bitterness is not overwhelming but is still pronounced. Rather full bodied. Overall much more like an American barley wine than an IIPA. Thanks a bunch to argo0 for sharing this.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 Eruptive dusty-white foam throws lacework all over the glass. Medley of pine, rock candy, orange pulp in the aroma with suggestions of anise, chalk, and sweet, plummy/bready malts. Good bit of airiness and ripe berry esters mask some of the hop girth. Still very bright. Semi-fuzzy carbonation. Medium-bodied. Tight piney hop flavors infused with succulent bready malts. Rounded coconut notes elegantly smoothen the piney bitterness amid ensuing hints of chocolate and toasted malts. Seductively soft and slick malt body. Muted alcohol presence throughout. Pine takes the backseat to the soft citrus midway through the swallow. Hops are continually juicy and bright and everlastingly chewy toward the end of the swallow. Sweet pine resin returns to negate the dryness. Slight airiness cuts the tangy leather and raisiny sweetness in the finish and releases hop leaves. Subtle roastiness precedes the piney hop belches. A decent attempt.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear but dark garnet, rich red color. It is well carbonated, which spawns a thick light brown head. The aroma is of American hops, candied citrus and apricot. Quite sweet smelling with a hint of toasted biscuits and malt in the background. This beer is rich and full flavored with just a hint of dark toasted malts in the finish. Very fruity from the hop derived citrus notes. A sharp bitter finish but not overly so. This beer has quite a bit of malt character, which helps to balance the intense hoppiness.
Quite tasty actually. There is a medium-bodied fullness, which compliments both the hop and malt contributions. This is in the tradition of Arrogant Bastard Ale; massively hoppy but with a caramel sweet hint of toasted maltiness to boot. Goes down so smooth, this is an incredible brew, get some if you can.
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 29, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Falling Rock- Denver. Pours a dark, dark orange with a thick tan head. Mildly hoppy aroma with some swet caramel malts. Moderately hoppy flavor that is somewhat earthy. Sweet, bitter finish.
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice foamy tan head. Aroma is a richly hopped body with splashes of sweetened malts and perhaps citrus fruit (orange peel). Taste is very citrusy (more roange peel) some malt, and obvious hop character. The palate is bitter but not overwhelming. Goes down rather smooth and finishes with more citrus hoppiness. Not bad but not worth the price ($13.50!).
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Big bold dark color. Nice fruity and hop aroma. Refreshingly light, very drinkable. Some sweetness a little tart. Gives comparisons to Doggie Claws, the ABV, hops even flavor and texture. Still the hops dominate till the end for a great IPA.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Papago
WOW! This is the darkest, thickest, richest IPA, I’ve ever consumed! The beer pours a porter brown to almost black with some ruby high lights, the head mountainous, the texture creamy, and the color a toothsome light brow, the lace is thick and glutinous. Nose is dominated by the hop floral aroma, with an almost cotton candy sweetness, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top thick and pleasant to the palate. Finish has a modest acidity, the hops enduring in their spiciness, and with a 9.2 ABV, quite a nice belly warmer, a magnificent beer.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly dark. Deep mahogoney brown. Creamy head. Resiny hoppy aroma. Syrupy sweet. Fairly bitter, but no so much like 120 minute IPA. Earthy and soily. Not bad.
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An absolutely beautiful beer, deepest garnet red with a creamy head reminiscent of the best Belgians. Aroma is nicely of earthy and piney hops, hint of grapefruit. Resiny start, fading into an earthy sweetness. Remarkably light bodied, but not in a bad way. Refreshing really, an attribute you simply don't expect to find in a beer this big. Different. I liked this quite a bit.