TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy, ruddy orange. Smells delicious, loads of hops, but somehow it doesnít come through on the tongue. Almost no bite, somewhat odd taste with alcohol up front (but not in a good way). Not terribly awful, but nowhere near what I expect from an imperial. Oh well.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours straw blonde with white creamy head with good retention. Aroma is hoppy with severe alcohol overtones. Almost like rubbing alcohol. Flavor again starts hoppy like a good IIPA but finishes with a weird alcohol aftertaste much greater than you would expect out of an 8.5% beer. Similar to DFH 120 min., but doesnít have the alcohol to support the aftertaste present here. Interesting.
therover413 (2) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
good follow up to the original hop monster, and this beer absolutely rocks on cask if you can find it, which you canít anymore.
shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange color with a white soapy head. Aroma is sweet hop pungent aroma. Pine needles. Flavor is more sweet hops. Piney and very dry palate. Very good.
BAD3xL (1) - S. Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hands down the best beer iíve ever had...
Strong aroma, strong taste, great flavor. Not a single complaint about this beer.
Also, it was only seasonal, but now is available through Paper City at all times of the year. WHAT GREAT NEWS THAT IS!!!
BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] Pours a murky, golden color with a nice frothy head. Aroma is awesome- strong hops, VERY present in the aroma, along with some alcohol. Flavors are definitely unique. This seems to be heavy on the hops, light on the malt background- but overall this turns out to be a unique IIPA. Iíd like to pick up some of this again.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at CT Brew festival. Deep dark clear orange in color with a nice head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Citrusy hops. Malty and hoppy flavor. Big hoppy flavor that lasts all throughout the beer. Caramel notes. Well balanced. Finish is hoppy. Nice beer.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, hazy, pale gold with a nicely-lacing white head. Grassy hoppiness and lots of pine and light caramel maltiness fill the aroma. Body has plenty of citrus grapefruity hops well-balanced with good sweet and crisp caramel malt. Very easy drinking and hides its alcohol well. A nice double IPA.
5000 (5651) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pale golden minus any of the orange hues, moderate white frothy head, lattice like lacing (nice), with virtually no carbonation. † Very resiny hop nose, subtle pine... smells like it might be a kicker. † Fairly strong hop bitterness attacks the tongue, malt background but not large enough to keep up with the assault. † Softer finish, bitterness dies down quickly. † Moderate to full body but with a mediocre mouthfeel (needs more malt). † Fairly clean finish, somewhat bright hop flavors still lingering. † Its like a 1.5 IPA but without the malt to match. † Flavorful for sure, but just not balanced enough. † Thanks John!
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - SEP 3, 2005
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells really good... Like a nice strong IPA. The aftertaste is also quite pleasant; a nice lingering bitter touch on the tongue. But the flavor is just no good. Far too bitter and unbalanced. Itís like drinking liquid hops, but not in a good way. Trying to think of a way to get rid of the remaining 5...