jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Whole Foods, Fairfax VA. Pours a darker shade of amber with an off-white head. The hop aroma is very prominent - citrusy and piney. Flavor has a pleasant malty backbone (which isnít too sweet) then comes a blast of PacNW piney hops, tangerine/orange and a tinge of a tropical fruit. Proper IIPA level bitterness which is more on the smooth side - not harsh at all. Body is full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Nothing you havenít already had before, but a damn good IIPA. Will pick up a 4-pack for sure.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can: Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Has a great fresh resiny piny grapefruity nose with some nice sweet pale malty undertones. Starts with good fullness and sweet, clean pale malts with some peppery hoppy citrus zest and good bittering balance before a crisp bittersweet finish. A bit pricy, but a very nice IIPA thatís hard to find anything that could be improved.
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 12 ounce can from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a creamy medium sized head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of woody, resiny hops with a bit of citrus and herbalness. The taste is big, bold, citrus, resiny hops along with some berry notes and a ton of toffee and caramel to balance it out. This manages to be fairly big yet fairly well balanced. Medium-full bodied.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oskar Blues Brewery, L.L.C.--GUBNA Imperial IPA--DISESTABLISHMENTARIAN--Do Ypur CANscience Bother You? Tell The Truith!--2010 12 oz. Micro-Can. 10.00% ABV--100+ IBUíS. (3.5 / 5.0) Thick Pour. Lacy thin white head. Clear dense gold color. Earthy spicy rich floral hop front. Creamy cloying rich hop resin infused caramel citrus body. Rich creamy hot EtOH hop spice end. Huge hop hot Imperial IPA. Unbalanced & Harsh. Needs to Age. Sampled 4/8/2010. $4.49 Each. 2 Left for sampling later.
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 12oz can from K&L Redwood City. Pours crystal-clear golden-copper with a nice lasting white head and good lacing. Aroma is awesome intense hops: citrus and floral mostly, with a little earthiness and sweet malt. Flavor has the hardcore hops of a west coast IPA, with grapefruit, orange rind, resins, and earth. Unlike many of the west coasters though, the malt backbone asserts itself. Sweet pale and caramel malts. Great palate, with some hop oils there but nothing too brutal. This adds to the drinkability. Overall Iím a really big fan of this, and not just in the, "Sweet dude, itís like in a can! Thatís so unpretentious!" kind of way. A good beer for the slopes, a camping trip, or a volcano boarding session (if you have to ask, youíre not extreme, chief).
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from Nqualls. Pours a hazy amber with a two finger pale yellow head. Nice aroma of wet hops and tropical fruit. Medium bodied with a somewhat earthy mouthfeel. Initial flavor of toffee and caramel, countered by a dry grapefruity rind and catty hoppiness. Warming finish. I like everything about this except the price.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Caponeís. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a medium sized lightly beiged head. Big floral and citrus notes, resinous, light vanilla. Medium bodied, excellent fine carbonation, nice big toast note, along with some big musky noble hop flavors. Long sticky grapefruit and light quinine bitterness on the finish. Big warming alcohol note sneaks up after the finish almost out of nowhere. Canít wait until cans of this start showing up by me.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured a dark yellow with a quick dissipating head. Aroma is all over the place with doughy sweetness and some lesser floral hops. Taste has a strong blast of sweetness of molasses and cakebread counterbalanced by the aromatic hops. The 100 IBUs are definitely there but do not linger as much on the aftertaste. The aftertaste has a lot of veggies on it like brussel sprouts and baby carrots. Very interesting beer.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a big, frothy off white head, sticky lacing. Great nose of citrus peel and light spice. A good amount of semi sweet malt and citrus in the flavor, sticky and bitter on the finish.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
can at redlight redlight. pours an interesting light rust color with minimal lace. Very skunky hoppy nose and i mean that in a very good way. though pretty bitter, not as excruciatingly bitter as one might expect. pretty mellow and easy going down for such a dramatic nose. pretty dry and nice. once again oskar blues hit the mark.